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R.M. Marrs Magnet Center
5619 S. 19th Street
Omaha, NE 68107
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Marrs Middle School is one of eight Omaha Public Schools (OPS) that has earned the ENERGY STAR after the District completed benchmarking all 87 of its buildings in early 2010. Marrs was originally designed and built in 1962 for economy of maintenance over a lifetime of daily and hourly use by some 1,000 students. The school was renovated in 2004 and is now a magnet school specializing in mathematics, economics, and information technology for 5th-8th graders. The students help manage a school-wide recycling program, as well as keep the nearby community park clean by picking up the trash daily. The school has focused on going green through educational projects the students share with their peers and families.


In 2010, the Omaha Public School District partnered with Verdis Group, an Omaha sustainability consultancy and ENERGY STAR Partner, to conduct an energy study of all their buildings. The analysis identified several opportunities for energy and resource efficiency improvements, many of which can be pursued at little to no cost to the District.


To continue its commitment to becoming more energy efficient, OPS is focusing on a complete lighting retrofit estimated to save the District $500,000 per year once complete. A broader strategy will identify and prioritize additional opportunities going forward. Other district-wide initiatives in consideration include: changing computer settings, installing faucet aerators, replacing inefficient HVAC equipment, and sparking behavior changes that will have a positive impact.




"We are immensely proud of the great work of our ENERGY STAR labeled schools to be more efficient and conserve energy and resources. They are truly leading the way in not only Omaha but in Nebraska. Benchmarking all 87 of the District's schools gives us a clear picture of our energy consumption and will help us to make better energy management decisions as we move forward. This has been an extremely positive endeavor for us thus far and our Green Schools Initiative will ensure that energy and resource efficiency, along with conservation, are key elements to everything we do in the future."

-- Dr. Jerry Bartee, Ass't Superintendent of Business Service, Omaha Public Schools

Please note: Narrative information in this profile has been provided by Omaha Public Schools or a representative of this facility. Other building information was verified and submitted to EPA at the time of application. Building energy performance, operating characteristics, and ownership/management may be subject to change over time.

Service Provider:
Verdis Group

Building Owner:*
Omaha Public Schools

Property Manager:*
Omaha Public Schools

Year(s) Labeled (Rating):
2010 (78)
2012 (81)

Facility Type: K-12 School

Total Floorspace: 176578 sf

Year Constructed: 1962

Contract Type: None

Technologies Used:
   Stage 3-Load Reductions
   Stage 5-Heating and Cooling Plant