ENERGY STAR Leaders

Billings Public Schools

Billings, Montana
Top Performer (2010)

Billings Public Schools

Billings, MT

Top Performer (2010)

 

Billings Public Schools is committed to doing its part to increase energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The district is the largest school district in the state of Montana. With an enrollment of more than 15,000 students and a utility budget of $2.5 million dollars, the district felt that it needed to serve as an example to other school districts in the state for being a better manager of both taxpayer and environmental resources.  As a result, Billings Public Schools has created a culture of energy consciousness throughout the entire school system. Students and staff have embraced this policy and have become very good stewards of the environment.

 

EPA has recognized Billings Public Schools as an ENERGY STAR Leaders Top Performer for achieving a portfolio-wide average energy performance rating of 82. In addition, 25 of the districts 31 buildings have earned the ENERGY STAR for superior energy performance. Billings Public Schools has reduced its annual greenhouse gas emissions by more than 850 metric tons, the equivalent of planting nearly 200 acres of trees.  The district has been able to reduce the run time on equipment which will result in a reduction in the need to purchase new equipment and lights. The district is working with Energy Education, Inc., to continue increasing the energy efficiency of all its facilities. This partnership, along with the support of the ENERGY STAR program and the support of the districts staff will help pave the way for even bigger increases in energy efficiency and cost avoidance savings in the future.