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Gresham-Barlow School District

Gresham, Oregon

ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence

As one of Oregon's largest school districts, Gresham-Barlow School District (Gresham-Barlow) serves approximately 12,000 students in 11 elementary schools, 5 middle schools, and 3 high schools, representing more than 1.6 million square feet. The school district is receiving ENERGY STAR recognition for continuing to set and achieve ambitious energy performance goals through its dedicated energy management program. This is the second time the school district has received ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence recognition. Key accomplishments include:

  • Reaching its goal of earning the ENERGY STAR for every school in the district, bringing the total to 19.
  • Improving energy efficiency by an additional 1 percent in 2009 despite a 17% cut in facilities and custodial staff, for a total improvement of more than 30% since its baseline year of 2003-2004.
  • Working with the Oregon Department of Energy as a model for other school districts, spreading the message that districts must engage their people in energy efficiency to ensure that new equipment and controls are properly operated and energy waste is eliminated.
  • Continuing to expand its successful energy and resource conservation program by using ENERGY STAR guidelines, resources, and tools.