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Gresham-Barlow School District

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30% Improvement (2005)
Top Performer (2005)
Top Performer (2010)

Gresham-Barlow School District No. 10 Jt. (Gresham-Barlow) is located in Gresham, Oregon and is comprised of 11 elementary schools, 5 middle schools and 3 high schools serving approximately 12,000 students. The average age of Gresham-Barlow's schools is 45 years old -- the district's oldest building was constructed in 1914 and its newest school was constructed in 2002. The district works with the City of Gresham, the local Chamber of Commerce and the Oregon Department of Energy to encourage energy efficiency and utilizing ENERGY STAR tools and resources.

Gresham-Barlow also provides guidance to other school districts in the Pacific Northwest and throughout the United States, sharing its ENERGY STAR model of success wherever possible. In 2007, 2008, and 2009, the Gresham-Barlow Facilities Office has earned the Great Business status from the City of Gresham for its district-wide recycling, green purchasing, waste prevention, water conservation, pollution prevention, and energy efficiency efforts.

 

Gresham-Barlow School District has been recognized by EPA as an ENERGY STAR Leaders Top Performer for achieving a portfolio-wide average energy performance score of 93 out of 100.  The district has earned previous recognition as a Top Performer and for improving its energy performance by 30 percent, both in 2005. Additionally, all 19 of the district's schools have earned the ENERGY STAR for superior energy performance.  Gresham-Barlow is also a multi-year ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year award winner for 2006 and 2008, and a Sustained Excellence award winner for 2009 and 2010.  The district has avoided annual costs of more than $1.5 million each year since its baseline year of 1997-1998. Gresham-Barlow has also avoided greenhouse gas emissions of more than 3,300 metric tons, the equivalent of planting more than 750 acres of trees -- every year!