Gresham-Barlow School District

Gresham, Oregon

ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence - Energy Management

Gresham-Barlow School District

Gresham-Barlow School District is one of the largest school districts in Oregon, serving approximately 12,000 students across 11 elementary schools, five middle schools, and three high schools while representing approximately 1,685,000 square feet of space. Gresham-Barlow School District is receiving ENERGY STAR recognition for successfully growing and expanding its Resource Conservation Management program. The school district has been recognized as an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year twice, and is receiving ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence recognition for the first time this year. Key accomplishments include:

         Being the first organization to be recognized by EPA for achieving 30% savings across its entire portfolio of buildings, and increasing these savings to more than 48% during the 2007-2008 school year.

         Earning recognition from EPA as an ENERGY STAR Leader and Top Performer.

         Earning the ENERGY STAR for 18 of its 19 schools and maintaining this high performance throughout 2008.

         Involving maintenance staff, teachers, principals, students, parents, and the community in energy management efforts by partnering with the Gresham Chamber of Commerce to promote its energy management model to the surrounding community, and partnering with JC Penney stores to recognize students' good energy behaviors.

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