Parkway received the 2021 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year award
4/22/2021 -- Parkway received the 2021 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. Parkway is the only school district in the state to achieve this recognition that honors our comprehensive approach to energy improvements, community engagement and curriculum development.
Key accomplishments include:
- Saving over $11 million in avoided energy costs and preventing the emissions of more than 77,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide since 2010.
- Achieving ENERGY STAR certification at 20 buildings since 2009.
- Raising the average ENERGY STAR score to 83, an 11-point increase over 2019, and reducing portfolio-wide source energy use intensity by 25% from a 2015 baseline.
- Benchmarking 100% of district buildings with 22 buildings receiving an ENERGY STAR score of 75 or higher.
- Preparing comprehensive school board policies on sustainability and energy that include designing new construction and renovation projects to be ENERGY STAR certified, purchasing ENERGY STAR certified equipment, and the monitoring and tracking of district energy use.
- Converting interior lighting at 18 buildings spanning over 1.7 million square feet and district-wide exterior lighting to LED since 2015.
- Promoting the ENERGY STAR Home Energy Yardstick and energy conservation best practices to students, staff, and the community through the district-wide Sustainable Schools Challenge.
About ENERGY STAR
ENERGY STAR® is the government-backed symbol for energy efficiency, providing simple, credible, and unbiased information that consumers and businesses rely on to make well-informed decisions. Thousands of industrial, commercial, utility, state, and local organizations—including more than 40 percent of the Fortune 500®—rely on their partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to deliver cost-saving energy efficiency solutions. Since 1992, ENERGY STAR and its partners helped American families and businesses avoid more than $450 billion in energy costs and achieve 4 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas reductions. More background information about ENERGY STAR can be found at https://www.energystar.gov/about and https://www.energystar.gov/about/origins_mission/energy_star_numbers