Serving preschool through eighth grade students since 1871, Phoenix Elementary School District #1 is steeped in heritage and tradition and located in the heart of downtown Phoenix, AZ. The district offers a breadth of special programs and curricula, and is dedicated to the total development of every student by setting high expectations and fostering academic leadership. Encompassing more than 830,000 square feet of space, the district's facilities provide safe and secure learning environments with unique themes and extracurricular programs. An ENERGY STAR Partner since 2011, the district's students, staff members, and Energy Education Coordinator have worked diligently to improve the district's energy efficiency.
Phoenix Elementary School District #1 has been recognized by EPA as an ENERGY STAR Leader for improving the energy performance of its facilities by more than 10 percent compared to a 2010 baseline. The district has also been recognized as a Top Performer for achieving an average ENERGY STAR energy performance score of 85 across its portfolio of facilities. These energy savings were made possible by significant behavioral changes across all of the district's campuses and with a specific focus on effectively shutting down buildings when not in use, reviewing the efficiency of HVAC systems, evaluating irrigation and watering systems and schedules, reviewing lighting systems, effectively planning exhaust systems, and developing management plans for each site. These actions have resulted in cost savings of more than $832,300. The cost savings could not have come at a more opportune time as the district experienced drastic budget cuts due to a decrease state education funding. Compared to its baseline year, the district is currently preventing the emissions of more than 1,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide, which is equivalent to the carbon sequestered by more than 26,000 tree seedlings planted and grown for 10 years.
Participants in the district's energy program are proud to have earned recognition as an ENERGY STAR Leader and are pleased to be able to focus the savings on instructional- and achievement-related outcomes. There are still more opportunities to save as district participants strive to achieve further energy reductions and reach toward $1 million in cost savings. The district is using this opportunity to teach students about how they can positively impact their local community and the entire world through improved energy efficiency at home and at school.