4845 Curtis Avenue
Omaha, NE 68104
Wakonda Elementary School is one of eight Omaha Public Schools (OPS) that has earned an ENERGY STAR after the District completed benchmarking all of its 87 buildings in early 2010. Wakonda was built in 1962. Renovations to the building since then have resulted in a great use of natural light through a skylight hallway that runs the length of the building, as well as automatic faucets to reduce the amount of water used and a geothermal heating and cooling system that allows them to save energy and money. Wakonda teachers team up with their students to recycle in their classrooms and practice using less water, paper, and other materials.
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 and conservation is a key element 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.
Omaha Public Schools
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Facility Type: K-12 School
Total Floorspace: 86175 sf
Year Constructed: 1962
Contract Type: None
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