· Raising its average portfolio-wide ENERGY STAR score from 66 in 2009 to 81 in 2011 and saving more than $530,000 in annual energy costs, equivalent to the combined salaries of 21 first-year teachers.
· Earning 2011 recognition as an ENERGY STAR Leader for improving energy efficiency by more than 10 percent across its portfolio of buildings, as well as Top Performer recognition.
· Benchmarking the energy use of every school in Portfolio Manager and earning the ENERGY STAR for 19 schools.
· Pursuing local utility rebates and American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds to finance half of a $252,000 lighting retrofit undertaken across three high schools, which is expected to save more than 470,000 kWh and $50,000 annually.
· Spreading the word about ENERGY STAR at the local and state levels by issuing press releases about its ENERGY STAR achievements, which were picked up by local newspapers and a public radio station, hosting a state congressman at an ENERGY STAR certification award ceremony, partnering with the city mayor to develop a Green Schools Initiative, and presenting on Portfolio Manager and the benefits of benchmarking at a round table meeting held at the State Capital building.