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Des Moines Public School District

Des Moines, Iowa

ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year

Des Moines Public Schools (DMPS) is the largest public school district in Iowa, and its nearly 5,000 teachers educate a diverse student body of over 30,000 across more than 65 schools. DMPS is receiving ENERGY STAR recognition for its commitment to demonstrating environmental and financial stewardship through comprehensive energy management based on ENERGY STAR best practices. Key 2011 accomplishments include:

 

·         Raising its average ENERGY STAR score to 79, representing a 2-point improvement over 2010. Since the 2007  2008 school year, the district has cut its energy use by more than 20 percent and saved over $1.7 million in energy costs, an amount equal to the combined salaries of 47 first-year teachers.

·         Certifying 20 schools as ENERGY STAR in 2011 for a total of 42 certified schools, representing 3.5 million square feet, and earning recognition as an ENERGY STAR Top Performer.

·         Implementing a 10-year facility improvement plan called "Students First" that focuses on energy efficiency and green technology, with the goal of earning the ENERGY STAR for the renovated school through operational changes and cost-effective upgrades such as retro-commissioning, retrofitting lighting, and installing pool covers, occupancy sensors, building controls, and geothermal systems when possible.

·         Continuing to improve student comfort by adding air conditioning, while reducing energy costs by 25 percent.

·         Publishing a monthly Energy Report Card that uses a color-coded grading system of green, yellow, or red to communicate building and organizational performance to all district employees, community members, and outside organizations.

·         Promoting a culture of energy awareness through ENERGY STAR by displaying ENERGY STAR plaques at main entrances, incorporating energy lessons into student curricula, emailing energy tips and checklists to all staff, providing hands-on training opportunities to facilities staff, and presenting at conferences and community events.