Boulder School District and Energy Efficiency

A key planning principle that has emerged is that the best results come from intense stakeholder cooperation during the planning stages.

The long road began in 2009 with the creation of the Sustainability Management System (SMS), which chartered the overall path. Four years later, the Sustainability Energy Plan (SEP) defined long- and short-term goals, setting a timeframe and mapping out a strategy for the goals' fulfillment.

The results of the first wave has been to improve energy efficiency in the school district by 52 percent. Energy use intensity (EUI) - which is defined as thousands of British thermal units (BTUs) used per square foot per year - will drop  on average from 80.4 to 37.8. The efforts will begin to pay off almost immediately: Utility savings will exceed $170,000 annually. Rebates from Xcel, the utility that serves the district, will be more than $300,000.

Longer term goals include a 20 percent EUI reduction by 2019 - as measured against the 2008 EUI baseline - and zero net energy (ZNE) capability by 2050. The BVSD still is in the first phase of the project. It is a big one: Four buildings - three replacement schools and one new facility - are being built.

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Source: Energy Manager Today