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Gresham-Barlow School District

Gresham, Oregon

ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence

Gresham-Barlow School District (Gresham-Barlow) is the tenth largest district in Oregon and educates approximately 12,000 K-12 students across its 19 schools. The district continues to cultivate a culture of energy conservation and demonstrate its commitment to energy management and environmental sustainability. Gresham-Barlow is receiving ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence recognition for its leadership among school districts in maintaining deep energy savings and continuing to enhance its comprehensive energy management program. Key accomplishments include:

  • Saving $1.5 million annually in avoided energy costs, through a combination of operational and behavioral measures to improve energy efficiency.
  • Continuing to avoid 50 percent in annual costs compared to the baseline year of 1997–1998, despite a significant reduction in buildings and grounds personnel.
  • Raising the average 1–100 ENERGY STAR score to 93 among the district’s 19 schools, all of which have earned the ENERGY STAR.
  • Distributing more than $25,000 to schools as a financial incentive for performance, participation, and effort in managing energy use, as well as recognizing staff members for the success of building-specific projects during regular Resource Conservation meetings.
  • Continuing to publicly post monthly ENERGY STAR scores for each school on its Energy Center website to encourage competition among schools and demonstrate its energy management successes to the community.
  • Working with the City of Gresham and the Chamber of Commerce to encourage other organizations in the community to follow Gresham-Barlow’s example and use ENERGY STAR guidelines, resources and tools for energy management.