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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, educating a diverse student body of more than 32,000. DMPS is receiving ENERGY STAR recognition for environmental and financial stewardship achieved through comprehensive energy management and based on ENERGY STAR best practices. Key 2013 accomplishments include:

  • Educating staff, students, and the greater Des Moines community about responsible energy use through an energy report card, the district TV station, and online resources. Materials were from the EPA and ENERGY STAR websites and included ENERGY STAR public service announcements about reducing energy use and preventing climate change.
  • Communicating energy-related activities, building energy performance, energy tips, and feature stories written by DMPS students through the energy report card. The report card is sent to all district employees, district leadership, members of the community, and outside organizations.
  • Sending energy conservation tips via email to all staff as reminders to do their part in being responsible stewards of the environment.
  • Providing hands-on training to custodial and facilities staff about all new HVAC equipment, resulting in higher efficiency in equipment operation. Summer training included explaining ENERGY STAR best practices and the use of EPA’s ENERGY STAR Guidelines for Energy Management.
  • Evaluating through biweekly energy team meetings energy progress, and measuring building and organizational energy performance, reviewing data from ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager and Utility Manager.
  • Using ENERGY STAR tools such as Bring Your Green to Work to increase energy conservation and climate change education among students and staff, who can play an integral role in day-to-day conservation by turning off lights, reducing plug loads, and conforming to district temperature set points.
  • Integrating energy education and climate change prevention into the curriculum at all grade levels. Topics include energy sources, social costs, and benefits of energy conservation, as well as practical ways students can make a difference at home, work, or school.