Gresham-Barlow School District (Gresham-Barlow), the tenth largest district in Oregon out of almost 200 districts statewide, consists of 11 elementary schools, 5 middle schools, and 3 high schools serving approximately 12,000 students. The school district is receiving ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence recognition for its continued commitment to reaching ambitious energy performance goals through its dedicated energy management program. Key accomplishments include:
· Reducing energy consumption in 2010 by 6.1 percent compared to 2009 despite a significant reduction in buildings staff.
· Reaching its goal of 50 percent cost avoidance when measured against the baseline year of 1997 - 1998.
· Earning the ENERGY STAR for all of the district's 19 schools and increasing its portfolio-wide average ENERGY STAR score to 93 in 2010--a 3-point improvement over 2009.
· Continuing to work with the Oregon Department of Energy as a model for other school districts by emphasizing the success of engaging people in energy efficiency efforts, ensuring that new equipment and controls are properly operated, and working to eliminate energy waste as key components to a successful energy management program.
· Achieving an annual savings of more than $1.5 million, equivalent to the salaries of 27 teachers.
· Working to develop a training program to help other Oregon school districts learn about and experience Gresham-Barlow's successful program.