Beaverton School District, located just west of Portland, Oregon, occupies over 5 million square feet of floor space while educating more than 38,000 students in 51 schools. The district's 2010-2015 goal is that all students will show continuous progress toward their personal learning goals, developed in collaboration with teachers and parents, and will be prepared for post-secondary education and career success. In addition to having high expectations for educating and preparing students, Beaverton School District views energy efficiency as a priority, both in building maintenance and operation and in teaching its students and community. Energy efficiency achieves both environmental protection and allows it to reduce operating costs especially vital during tough economic times. Participation in the ENERGY STAR program has provided the district with valuable tools and resources to teach its students to be good stewards of the environment while stretching its education dollars with sizeable reductions in energy costs.
Beaverton School District has been recognized by EPA as an ENERGY STAR Leaders Top Performer for achieving an average energy performance score of 89 for its portfolio of buildings. The district has avoided greenhouse gas emissions of more than 3,000 metric tons, the equivalent of planting more than 700 acres of trees. The district's success in improving energy efficiency began with a commitment by the superintendent, and the establishment of an energy policy representing a commitment to energy efficiency in both operations and behavior. The district utilizes energy incentives to strategically install energy efficient equipment like lighting, HVAC, and building automation systems, and tracks energy data with benchmarking tools as well as a real-time interval metering application. Energy use reduction goals are determined for each school and are communicated to principals and staff monthly through an energy scorecard which includes the school's consumption targets and what it has actually consumed. Schools are encouraged to take the annual District Energy Pledge and are involved in regional energy conservation awareness activities and contests. Schools also participate in Oregon Green School certification and receive assistance in achieving their goals from facilities staff. Maintenance, custodial, IT, and nutrition services departments all participate with a collaborative spirit, producing district-wide success.