Cactus Wren Elementary School
9650 N 39th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85051
The Washington Elementary School District created a strategic goal of reducing electric energy consumption by 40 percent over a 5-year period. In year one (2008-2009), the district began an energy behavior modification program to reduce energy usage by 10 percent across 33 district campuses. The District implemented the program in-house without assistance from outside consultants. It used ENERGY STAR tools that EPA makes available to the public at no cost. Each building was benchmarked and energy data tracked monthly through EPA's Portfolio Manager. Each campus created an energy committee, energy conservation plan, and an energy curriculum. District administration supported these efforts by providing facility managers, principals, staff, parents, and students with ideas on ways to conserve in the buildings. Monthly energy reports were distributed to administration, staff, students, and parents on all campuses. The entire process was transparent. Friendly competition between campuses resulted in the District reducing electric usage by 15 percent. In addition, natural gas consumption was reduced by 10 percent and solid waste by 50 percent.
Cactus Wren Elementary School took the energy challenge to heart--they created an energy committee and an aggressive energy awareness campaign and went to work to train building staff to turn off lights, reduce appliance use, and better manage energy over vacations and holidays. Eighteen months after the start of the District energy conservation program, Cactus Wren Elementary School had increased its energy performance score by 31 points, reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 176 MtCO2e/year and reduced energy costs per square foot per year from $1.37 to $1.17. Congratulations to Cactus Wren for an outstanding job!
The district communicates about its energy efficiency efforts in WESD News (a District-wide newsletter), individual school newsletters, the District Web site, KSAZ TV channel 10, Moon Valley Tattler newspaper, North Central News, and Cactus Village Community Newsletter.
"The tools provided to the Washington Elementary School District through ENERGY STAR are outstanding! The District took the entire ENERGY STAR planning process and implemented it meticulously. After one year, the District reduced electric energy consumption over 33 campuses by 15 percent and natural gas consumption by 10 percent! Half way through year two, the District has reduced electric consumption by 21 percent across 34 campuses! We are telling others that energy conservation does not have to cost a lot of money if you use ENERGY STAR tools." -- Sue Pierce, Director of Facility Planning & Energy, Washington Elementary School District
Please note: Narrative information in this profile has been provided by Washington Elementary School District No. 6 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.
Washington Elementary School District No. 6
Year(s) Labeled (Rating):
Facility Type: K-12 School
Total Floorspace: 71191 sf
Year Constructed: 1970
Contract Type: None