K-12 Solutions for Building Energy Excellence

For K-12 School Districts, education remains the primary focus of the sector. However, districts continue to face student population growth, aging infrastructure, rising energy costs, reduced annual operating budgets, and increased plug load demands in the classroom. Better Buildings Challenge K-12 Partners are using innovative approaches to make energy efficiency an operations and maintenance priority. Energy efficiency offers the potential to redirect significant savings back to educating students while establishing a safe, healthy, and productive environment for learning. K-12 partners have shared the following practices, programs, and policies that help advance clean energy goals and build energy literacy in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) curricula:

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    Albuquerque Public Schools (APS), NM created the Energy Conservation Incentive Program which establishes best practices for educating administrators, teachers, custodians, and students to implement energy savings. By clearly defining the roles and responsibilities of team members, APS ensures a partnership between individual schools and the maintenance and operations departments that implement energy and environmental measures.
    Anne Arundel County Public Schools developed a Comprehensive Maintenance Plan that empowers its Energy Conservation Division to remotely monitor and control school building operations in order to improve energy performance across its portfolio of 117 buildings and 13 million square feet. 
    District Energy Plan Solutions at a Glance
    Bullitt County Public School District (KY) developed a district-wide energy plan to identify and implement cost-saving measures and develop staff and student commitment to energy management practices. As a result of implementing the energy plan and partnering with an energy services company, the District has saved nearly $3.9 million in energy and operational costs over the past decade.
    Camas School District, WA established a resource conservation management program that helped the district meet its initial Better Buildings Challenge goal five years ahead of its 2020 target – reducing energy use by 20% in 2015 from a 2009 baseline.
    Douglas County School District, NV financed $10.7 million in the first phase of energy efficiency improvements through an energy savings performance contract (ESPC) paired with a tax-exempt installment-purchase agreement (IPA).
    Dysart Unified School District, AZ partnered with Constellation Solar AZ LLC to install solar panels to meet the electricity needs of 21 sites throughout the District.
    PPS partnered with its public utility and local non-profits to fund the construction of nearly 2 MW of renewable power across more than two dozen schools through the CE Clean Energy, Bright Futures program.
    Sustainability Management System Solutions at a Glance
    Poudre School District (CO) adopted a Sustainability Management System (SMS) that extends principles of sustainability to all of its operations and reaffirms its commitment in this practice.


Sector:

Education

Tool type:

Toolkit

Building Type:

Education, K-12 schools