Des Moines Public School District

Des Moines, Iowa

ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year - Energy Management

Des Moines Public School District

Des Moines Public Schools (DMPS) is the largest public school district in Iowa, educating a diverse student body of more than 32,000 for more than 100 years. DMPS is receiving ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year recognition for its commitment to demonstrating environmental and financial stewardship through comprehensive energy management based on ENERGY STAR best practices. Key 2012 accomplishments include: 

  • Raising its average ENERGY STAR score to 86, representing a seven-point improvement over 2011 and a 28-percent reduction in energy use.
  • Saving $2.4 million in avoided energy costs since the 2007-2008 fiscal year through operational changes and cost-effective upgrades, such as installing software that automatically turns off all of the districts more than 15,000 computers. 
  • Earning ENERGY STAR certification for 11 buildings in 2012, for a total of 53 certified buildings, and earning recognition as an ENERGY STAR Top Performer. 
  • Publishing a monthly Energy Report Card that provides education to staff, students, and the community about energy performance, conservation tips, classroom educational opportunities, and ENERGY STAR materials.
  • Educating students on the importance of energy conservation through the Iowa Energy and Sustainability Academy, a cutting-edge program focused on energy sustainability that is incorporated into the curriculum at all grade levels.
  • Continuing to renovate historic structures, each an average of 65 years old, into models of energy-efficient buildings through equipment upgrades, such as the installation of geothermal systems in 33 schools to date.

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