Alexandria City Public Schools

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Challenge Commitment
2.1Million Square Feet
Goals Progress
20%Reduction in Energy Intensity

Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) include 13 elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school, in addition to two satellite campuses and three other facilities. The diverse district serves more than 15,000 students from over 125 countries.

In 2015, ACPS adopted a 2020 strategic plan which serves as the foundation to meet the goals of the Alexandria community and guides the activities of the employees and leaders as well as the expenditure of all funds entrusted to the School Board. The plan includes a sustainable facilities objective and establishes a 4% energy use intensity per square foot reduction goal by 2020 from a 2015 baseline. As of 2015, the school district’s normalized EUI was at 57.26 kBtu/sq. ft. ACPS plans to apply the lessons learned from the implemented strategies employed in the strategic plan initiatives to achieve a deeper reduction of 20% by 2025.

ACPS plans to benchmark all existing facilities, review district utility bills, and prioritize measures which have a return on investment of less than three years for implementation. Currently the district is working with the city to streamline the utility bill reporting process and piggy bank on existing infrastructure to upload the data for benchmarking. ACPS is also evaluating various state energy efficiency programs for implementation such as energy savings performance contracts for energy savings and demand management programs for revenue generation. The district commits 2.1 million square feet of space to the Better Buildings Challenge.