Salt Lake City School District

Salt Lake City, Utah

ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year - Energy Management

Salt Lake City School District

Salt Lake City School District serves approximately 24,000 students in 27 elementary schools, 5 middle schools, 3 high schools, and 1 alternative high school, which together represent more than 3.9 million square feet of space. The district is receiving ENERGY STAR recognition for its adoption of ENERGY STAR tools and resources, which has resulted in rapid energy savings. Key 2011 accomplishments include:


         Raising its average portfolio-wide ENERGY STAR score from 66 in 2009 to 81 in 2011 and saving more than $530,000 in annual energy costs, equivalent to the combined salaries of 21 first-year teachers.

         Earning 2011 recognition as an ENERGY STAR Leader for improving energy efficiency by more than 10 percent across its portfolio of buildings, as well as Top Performer recognition.

         Benchmarking the energy use of every school in Portfolio Manager and earning the ENERGY STAR for 19 schools.

         Pursuing local utility rebates and American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds to finance half of a $252,000 lighting retrofit undertaken across three high schools, which is expected to save more than 470,000 kWh and $50,000 annually.

         Spreading the word about ENERGY STAR at the local and state levels by issuing press releases about its ENERGY STAR achievements, which were picked up by local newspapers and a public radio station, hosting a state congressman at an ENERGY STAR certification award ceremony, partnering with the city mayor to develop a Green Schools Initiative, and presenting on Portfolio Manager and the benefits of benchmarking at a round table meeting held at the State Capital building.

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