Colorado Springs School District 11 has assessed the energy performance of more than 90 percent of its 61 schools, undertaken improvements, and elevated the average rating across the portfolio of schools by 10 points. District 11's success reflects a strong energy management program built on the commitment of the superintendent, board of education, and a full-time coordinator, as well as incentive awards for individual schools.
Major projects have included a focus on preventive maintenance, holiday shutdowns, awareness campaigns and retrocommissioning. As of the end of 2004, District 11 has achieved total energy cost savings of almost $4 million.
Colorado Springs School District 11 joined ENERGY STAR in 2003.