Des Moines Public Schools

Des Moines, Iowa

Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence - Energy Management


Des Moines Public Schools (DMPS) is a public school district in Iowa. DMPS promoted energy efficiency awareness to students, staff, and the community and has continued its longstanding commitment to sustainability by implementing ENERGY STAR® best practices for comprehensive energy management. Key 2021 accomplishments include:

  • Saving more than $21.7 million since 2008, including $1.4 million in 2021 alone, as well as reducing site energy use by more than 30% when compared to baseline.
  • Benchmarking 100% of DMPS facilities, totaling over 5.8 million square feet, in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager® and achieving ENERGY STAR certification at 21 schools.
  • Leading the City of Des Moines to become the third-ranked mid-sized city on EPA’s 2021 ENERGY STAR Top Mid-Sized Cities listing.
  • Completing the first solar array within the district at Jefferson Elementary, which is expected to generate approximately 80 percent of the school’s energy.
  • Spending an average of $139 per student on energy costs, significantly lower than the national average of $205 per student.
  • Promoting energy practices and ENERGY STAR to the community through Energy Report Cards delivered to nearly 5,000 staff and interested parties across the country.
In 2020 alone, ENERGY STAR and its partners helped Americans avoid more than $40 Billion in energy costs

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