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Palo Verde Middle School
7502 N 39th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85051
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In 2008, Washington Elementary School District created the strategic goal of reducing electric energy consumption by 40 percent in just five years. In the first year, the district began an energy behavior modification program to reduce energy usage by 15 percent across more than 30 district campuses. The District implemented the program in-house with no assistance from outside consultants. District administration used ENERGY STAR tools and resources that EPA makes available to the public at no cost. Each building was benchmarked and energy data was tracked every month using Portfolio Manager, EPA's measurement and tracking tool. To support energy efficiency efforts, each campus created an energy committee, energy conservation plan, and an energy curriculum. District administration supported these efforts by providing facility managers, principals, staff members, parents, and students with ideas on ways to conserve energy. Monthly energy reports were distributed to administration, staff members, 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 the first year of the program and by an additional 11 percent in the second year through energy behavior modification. The third year of the program reduced energy use by another two percent, bringing total energy savings to 28 percent in the first three years of the five-year program.

Palo Verde Middle School took the energy challenge to heart ? the school community created an energy committee and an aggressive energy awareness campaign and went to work to train building staff members to turn off lights, reduce appliance use, and better manage energy over vacations and holidays. The district removed all T12 lights and replaced them with T8s. Palo Verde Middle School has increased its ENERGY STAR energy performance score by 46 points and reduced electric energy consumption by 39 percent, which is a reduction of more than 757,000 kWh.


Washington Elementary School District (WESD) communicates about its energy efficiency efforts in WESD News (a District-wide newsletter), individual school newsletters, the District website, KSAZ TV Channel 10, Moon Valley Tattler newspaper, North Central News, and the 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 had reduced electric energy consumption by 15 percent and natural gas consumption by 10 percent in more than 30 campuses. In year two, the District reduced electric use by an additional 11 percent. 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 and Energy, Washington Elementary School District

Please note: Narrative information in this profile has been provided by Washington Elementary School District 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:
Pierce and Associates

Building Owner:*
Washington Elementary School District

Property Manager:*

Year(s) Labeled (Rating):
2011 (77)
2012 (81)
2013 (77)
2014 (81)
2015 (79)
2016 (75)
2017 (75)

Facility Type: K-12 School

Total Floorspace: 125623 sf

Year Constructed: 1961

Contract Type: None

Technologies Used:
   Stage 2-Lighting