Evergreen Public Schools is the fifth largest district in the State of Washington and serves more than 26,000 students in 35 schools. Evergreen Public Schools is receiving ENERGY STAR recognition for expanding its energy management program and continually setting new energy efficiency goals. Key accomplishments include:
· Saving $1.6 million in 2010 alone as a result of its energy management initiatives for a total of $2.7 million since November 2008--equivalent to the resources required to employ 45 teachers.
· Achieving recognition from EPA as an ENERGY STAR Leader again in 2010 for improving its portfolio-wide energy use by more than 30 percent from its 2008 baseline, and increasing the average portfolio-wide ENERGY STAR score to 76--a 39-point improvement in two years.
· Earning the ENERGY STAR for four additional buildings in 2010, for a total of 18.
· Enhancing its previous competitive six-grant model by expanding it into a district-wide incentive program. This expansion provides every school in the district with funds to implement energy management activities and additional incentives to schools that become more active partners.
· Continuing to educate its Board of Directors; administrators; staff; maintenance, facilities and custodial staff; and students about the financial and environmental benefits of energy management through in-person presentations and meetings.