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Evergreen Public Schools

Vancouver, Washington

ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence

Evergreen Public Schools (EPS) is the fourth largest district in Washington and serves almost 27,000 students in 35 schools. EPS is receiving ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence recognition for its ongoing commitment to finding new ways to save energy and promote its successes with ENERGY STAR. Key 2011 accomplishments include:

 

         Raising its ENERGY STAR score by two points for an average portfolio-wide score of 79, a 42-point increase since 2008 that reflects a 38 percent reduction in energy use overall.

         Saving $1.7 million through a multifaceted energy management approach, for a total of more than $4 million since 2008--equivalent to the resources necessary to employ 72 teachers.

         Earning the ENERGY STAR for an additional elementary school, bringing the total to 22 certified buildings since 2008.

         Continuing to identify, fund, and complete energy efficiency projects despite a significant downturn in the local economy. In 2011, EPS identified four major projects to improve HVAC and lighting, replace boilers, and upgrade thermostats at several large district sites and allocated almost $6 million to complete all of these projects.

         Encouraging district staff and the community to save energy by including energy efficiency updates in the district newsletter, which is circulated to more than 66,000 households; distributing almost $26,000 in incentives to its schools for participating in energy-saving activities; presenting about ENERGY STAR successes at meetings and events; and challenging local businesses to "treat their business like a school district" when looking for energy-saving opportunities.