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Portland Public Schools

Portland Public Schools, OR

Energy Performance


20% Reduction in Energy Intensity by 2020 from a 2009 Baseline


8 Million Square Feet


Cumulative (vs. Baseline) 10%
Annual (2012) 7%

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Portfolio Energy Performance

Better Buildings Challenge Partners strive to decrease portfolio-wide source energy use intensity (EUI) and to increase the percent improvement compared to a set baseline. Portland Public School District's portfolio consists of approximately 90 buildings and 8 million square feet. Since 2009, PPS has improved energy performance by 10 percent. Energy savings have been achieved through mechanical upgrades at several schools, an increase in behavioral conservation, and a focus on improved building operations.

Energy Performance by Facility

Looking at the percent improvement in energy performance across all facilities can provide insight into how an organization is saving energy. Portland Public School District has achieved energy performance improvement of greater than 10% at nearly half of its facilities. There are nineteen facilities that have experienced an increase in Source EUI. These facilities may be targeted for future energy efficiency improvements.

Identifying Opportunities for Improvement

Facility-level energy performance metrics, including EUI and percent improvement to date, are critical to track progress over time and identify opportunities for additional energy savings. Portland Public School District's portfolio consists mostly of facilities with baseline EUIs ranging from 50 to 150 kBtu/sq. ft. The vast majority of facilities have shown energy improvement since 2009. The facilities located near or below the 0% axis may present good opportunities for further savings.