Located in Vancouver, WA, Evergreen School District serves more than 26,000 K-12 students in facilities encompassing more than 3.6 million square feet of floor space. Evergreen is committed to providing an education that will allow its students to attain the skills necessary to be world-competitive upon graduation. The district aims to accomplish this mission through its dedication to providing meaningful, engaging work for all students. Further, district administrators are committed to providing the tools and technologies that support highly engaging learning experiences. Evergreen School District's Board of Directors recognizes that resources are limited and that district activities impact the environment. As a body of the local community, the Board advocates the responsible use of available and necessary resources in conducting the business of educating its students. Board members believe that it is their environmental and financial responsibility to engage in a program that minimizes costs of resource utilization and promotes environmental stewardship. Through its policies, the Board promotes the establishment of goals and activities designed to effectively and efficiently manage available resources. An ENERGY STAR Partner since 2009, district administrators expect and encourage responsible energy use by district students and staff members.
Evergreen School District has been recognized by EPA as an ENERGY STAR Leader for improving the energy efficiency of its facilities by more than 40 percent compared to a 2003 baseline and as a Top Performer for achieving an average ENERGY STAR energy performance score of 83 across its portfolio of buildings. Evergreen School District began its aggressive conservation program in 2008. At that time, district administrators decided to fund and hire a resource conservation manager. As a result, the district has avoided energy costs totaling more than $5.8 million dollars. The district's portfolio-wide average ENERGY STAR score has increased by more than 40 points. This improvement can be attributed to a district-wide awareness of energy efficiency and each organizational member's role in achieving sustainability goals. Building Automation System (BAS) managers cleaned up building schedules, custodians de-lamped fixtures, maintenance staff members paid closer attention to system tuning, and teachers used appropriate amounts of light while engaged in instruction and while they were alone in their rooms. Improvements also included the installation of interval meters to catch wasteful habits as soon as possible; the adoption of temperature standards; the installation of tamper-proof, Web-based thermostats in portable classrooms; and lighting retrofits and upgrades supported by incentives provided through the local utility. Energy awareness was brought about in part as a result of the district choosing to partner with ENERGY STAR and taking advantage of the program's exceptional tools and resources, from participating in the ENERGY STAR Challenge to using Portfolio Manager, EPA's ENERGY STAR measurement and tracking tool. Since its baseline year, Evergreen School District has prevented the annual emissions of more than 8,700 metric tons of carbon dioxide, which is equivalent to the carbon sequestered by 224,000 tree seedlings, planted and grown for 10 years.