Utility Analysis & Reduction

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Overview

The Go Green Initiative guides districts and schools in managing their utilities sustainably and cost-efficiently. We work with school districts to collect, interpret, and make use of data to optimize indoor environmental quality and resource efficiency across facilities. This includes coaching effective use of Energy Star Portfolio Manager, a resource management tool from the EPA. Together with our strategic support, this service empowers districts to track their energy, water, and waste consumption and identify opportunities to reduce utility costs and environmental impacts.

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Case Studies

Turning Million-Dollar Savings into Funds for Improving Education in Newark, NJ
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The Energy Star Portfolio Manager is an amazing tool. We were able to import our energy bills into Energy star Portfolio Manager and they rate our usage. So we’re able to see just how well the building is operating as far as Energy Star efficiency. And I’m happy to say a number of our buildings are in the 90% power range where we were able to qualify for Energy Star [Certification] for those buildings. - Rodney Williams, Director of Energy and Sustainability, Newark Public Schools

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[By investing in energy saving measures] and what we’ve got thus far [based on a trial of six schools] we’re looking at about $7M to $8M annually of savings. … Some of these [savings] go to fray the cost of [school] budget shortfalls. But some of the other things we’re doing [with the savings] besides getting new boilers and roofs and new HVAC systems...is for school improvements. Whether it’s books, salaries...anything we can do to help the district maintain [its] move forward. - Rodney Williams, Director of Energy and Sustainability, Newark Public Schools

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The impact that you have [of responsible utility usage] is beyond what’s in front of your nose. It has a national effect. - Rodney Williams, Director of Energy and Sustainability, Newark Public Schools

How One of the Largest US K-12 Systems Tracks Energy Usage
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[We have] a portfolio of over 1200 schools and associate centers. And our utility bills range close to $130M per year. … We want to become more aggressive in terms of being able to achieve our energy and water goals. And certainly Energy Star Portfolio Manager provides a framework to be able to measure and do the analysis that you need. - Christos Chrysiliou, Director of Architectural & Engineering Services, Los Angeles Unified School District

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As an architect by trade, I was very interested in the facilities function and support [Energy Star] Portfolio Manager provides. To me, it’s very important to collect information at the building level to understand the type of systems you need to input. It forces you to become familiar with a lot of information for the way you approach energy [management] and also for thinking ahead. - Christos Chrysiliou, Director of Architectural & Engineering Services, Los Angeles Unified School District

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I was trained to look at a building as a living organism. We have to be able to understand how [systems within the building] are used and if they’re used correctly. So it’s important that we do understand our buildings and take [them] to the next level, improve our facilities, and engage as many people as we can in the process. - Christos Chrysiliou, Director of Architectural & Engineering Services, Los Angeles Unified School District

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