Energy & Resource Conservation
The Energy & Resource Conservation Department strives to conserve resources wisely through management of utilities, environmental outreach and education, support to individual school efforts, and the implementation of energy efficiency projects through collaboration with District departments and energy partners.
Matthew Lichtenfels, Energy & Resource Conservation Program Manager, 503-356-4570
The Energy & Resource Conservation Department uses energy tracking software to capture monthly utility use and cost for each BSD facility. This information provides valuable insight into how buildings are performing, helping to identify system or building use issues that call for correction.
One reporting tool utilized through the software is a historical comparison report. This report provides a big picture view comparing current year use to the prior year. The below electricity, natural gas, water, and irrigation reports reflect district-wide use for a recent 8-month period. Contact E&RC if interested in receiving any of these reports for a specific BSD site.
Our fiscal year kilowatt-hour (kWh) consumption, July 2021 through February 2022, is currently 0.8% more than our 2018-2019 year usage.
Natural Gas Use
Our fiscal natural gas therm consumption, July 2021 through February 2022, is currently 13% more than our 3-year average through February 2019.
Our fiscal water (centum cubic feet or CCF) consumption, July 2021 through February 2022, is currently 30% less than our 3-year average through February 2019.
Schools that have independent irrigation water lines include Aloha Huber, Beaver Acres, Bonny Slope, Hazeldale, Sato, Sexton Mountain, Springville, William Walker, Aloha High, Beaverton High, Mountainside High, Southridge High, and Terra Nova.
Our fiscal year irrigation water (centum cubic feet or CCF) consumption, July 2021 through February 2022, is currently 54% less than our 3-year average through February 2019.
Energy Management is a top priority at Beaverton School District. Electricity, natural gas, and water play a major role in the operation of our buildings, and energy efficient equipment directly impacts our ability to conserve these resources.
Energy efficiency projects touch many parts of a building, from LED light fixtures to major HVAC (Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning) upgrades. Funding for these projects ties to Bond Improvements, the Senate Bill 1149 Public Purpose Charge, General Fund dollars, and even Parent Group donations.
LED Screw-In Light Replacement
In 2014, the Energy & Resource Conservation Department (E&RC) began an Incandescent to LED replacement program for schools and support facilities. LED bulbs consume up to 80% less energy than incandescent bulbs and, because of longevity, reduce labor and replacement costs. Over 1,800 LEDs have been distributed throughout our buildings with an estimated annual savings of over 250,000 kWh and $26,000.
While the program was not able to offer LEDs to replace bulbs in personal lamps, E&RC continues to encourage lamp owners to make the change themselves. For every bulb replaced, BSD saves up to $10 per year in electricity costs.
SMART Power Strips
In 2017, the Energy & Resource Conservation Department (E&RC) partnered with Energy Trust of Oregon (ETO) to offer SMART power strips to schools and support facilities. The power strips have occupancy sensors that allow certain outlets to shut down when no movement is detected, powering back up when triggered. This technology reduces electrical load from equipment that remains in standby mode when not in use.
Over 1,400 SMART strips have been distributed. If interested, contact E&RC.
2016 Destratification Fan
In May 2016, the Energy & Resource Conservation Department coordinated the installation of a large, slow-moving destratification fan on the ceiling of Springville’s cafeteria. The fan homogenizizes different air temperatures in the space. Since hot air rises, fan will push warm air down during weather in which heating is needed, and provide air movement when the weather requires cooling, making occupants feel cooler. Destratification fans work with existing heating and cooling systems to make them more effective. Because Springville has such high ceilings in the cafeteria, energy savings are significant - 500 therms of natural gas or more per year!
2016 HVAC Controls Upgrade
In August 2016, the Energy and Resource Conservation Department along with BSD’s Facility Development Department installed a complete HVAC Direct Digital Control (DDC) system for Conestoga MS. The new system improves heating, cooling, and overall ventilation throughout the school.
Estimated annual savings: 147,000 kWh, 2,500 Therms, $17,500 in utility costs
2018 LED Lighting Upgrade
Over the two week winter break, Conestoga received the District's first integrated lighting control LED fixture retrofit. New LED light fixtures with advanced lighting control were installed in Classroom Wings A, B, and C as well as the front office and SPED areas. Installation took only 6 days. This new lighting system provides: 1) better, higher quality lighting spectrum, 2) full occupancy sensing, 3) full dimming capability, 4) automatic adjustment to incoming daylight, and 5) 4 scene selection buttons for varying preset light levels. In addition to occupant benefits, this project is paid for through anticipated energy savings. We are expecting to save over 90,000 kWh of electricity and over $7,000 annually in energy costs!
Estimated annual savings: 90,000 kWh, $7,000 utility costs
2015 Chiller System
In 2015, the Energy & Resource Conservation Department along with BSD's Facility Development Department coordinated efforts for the installation of a new chiller system at Five Oaks Middle School. The smaller more energy efficient air-cooled packaged unit is more easily controlled and designed with expansion in mind for the future of the school.
2015 East HVAC and Building Envelope Upgrade
In August 2015, the Energy and Resource Conservation Department along with BSD’s Facility Development Department installed new roof top HVAC units, additional insulation under a new roof, and a new HVAC direct digital control (DDC) system. The HVAC system and control improves heating, cooling, and overall ventilation throughout, saves a tremendous amount of energy, and reduces maintenance.
Estimated annual savings: 500,000 kWh, $40,000 in utility costs
2019 West Side HVAC Digital Control Project
In the spring of 2019, the Energy and Resource Conservation Department completed a HVAC direct digital controls (DDC) upgrade project for the Health and Science School located on the west side of the Capital Center. Providing heating, cooling and ventilation in a building under all conditions is difficult and requires complex engineering to achieve. Even more difficult is optimizing the system so it can perform this function while using the least energy to do it. This new HVAC DDC system does just that. It provides better operational visibility and control which makes real-time monitoring and adjustments possible. Achieving better building conditioning while saving energy and dollars is a win-win for our district!
Estimated annual savings: 91,000 kWh, 3,000 Therms, $8,750 in utility costs
2015 Auditorium Upgrade
In September 2015, the Energy and Resource Conservation Department along with BSD’s Facility Development Department completed the most unique and visibly striking energy efficiency project ever completed in the District! Sunset’s new custom-designed ETC® auditorium lighting and lighting control system is truly a sight to behold! Complete with LED house, work, and performance lights the new theatrical system is state-of-the-art in both performance AND efficiency!
Estimated annual savings: 141,000 kWh, $13,000 in electricity costs
2019 LED Exterior Lighting Project
In the summer of 2019, the Energy and Resource Conservation Department completed an exterior LED lighting retrofit at Elmonica Elementary School. Original 250w Metal Halide (MH) parking lot lights were replaced with new LED units and 50 building lights were replaced with fixtures that use up to 75% less electricity. Beyond the energy savings, better overall light quality and coverage was achieved along with the benefit of minimal maintenance. These fixtures are designed to last 15+ years.
Estimated annual savings: 5,000 kWh, $400 in utility costs
2019 HVAC Controls Upgrade
In the spring of 2019, the Energy and Resource Conservation Department completed a HVAC digital controls upgrade project for Westview High School. While largely hidden from view, a building's HVAC system is the largest energy using system in the building and requires complex engineering to achieve heating and cooling needs. This project included the addition of variable frequency drives (VFD) and new direct digital controls (DDC) on most roof top HVAC units (RTUs). The addition of the new drives and controls allows the RTUs to operate more efficiently and HVAC fans to be gradually slowed when minimal heating or cooling is required rather than running at 100% most of the day!
Estimated annual savings: 200,000 kWh, 5,000 Therms, $20,000 in utility costs
28 Beaverton School District schools have undergone a rigorous evaluation process to become Energy Star® rated facilities. The rating signifies that building systems run efficiently, ventilation is effective, and operational costs are in expected ranges. On average, Energy Star buildings use 35% less energy than typical buildings nationwide.
Aloha Huber Park Elementary
Bonny Slope Elementary
Errol Hassell Elementary
Jacob Wismer Elementary
Sexton Mountain Elementary
Stoller Middle School
Cedar Mill Elementary
Nancy Ryles Elementary
Oak Hills Elementary
Scholls Heights Elementary
Terra Linda Elementary
West Tualatin View Elementary
Cedar Park Middle School
International School of Beaverton
Aloha High School
Rock Creek Elementary
Southridge High School
Westview High School
Beaverton School District was introduced to the benefits of photovoltaic (PV) solar arrays in 2011. Through a 15-year Energy Services Agreement between Kenyon Energy and BSD, 100 kW solar arrays were installed on the roof at Elmonica Elementary School, Health & Science School, and Springville K-8 School. The installations were funded by Kenyon Energy and the schools receive the energy produced at no cost.
The 2014 Bond Program has allowed BSD to expand the PV portfolio with each new or rebuilt school since the 2011 installations. Hazeldale Elementary, Sato Elementary, Vose Elementary, Timberland Middle School, and Mountainside High School have reduced energy costs because of the installed PV systems.
Real-time solar production for each site can be monitored on the Clean Energy Bright Futures Solar 4R Schools web site. With each PV system, a kiosk is installed at the school's entrance. This allows students, staff, and visitors to connect with the building's generation by simply touching a screen.
Follow, and learn about, solar production at BSD by going to the Solar 4R Schools web site or clicking on a school link below.
Elmonica Elementary School
Hazeldale Elementary School
Sato Elementary School
Vose Elementary School
Springville K-8 School
Timberland Middle School
Mountainside High School
Health and Sciences school
Managing material is the responsibility of each individual that studies, works, or plays at our facilities. Making conscious choices to purchase wisely, reuse materials, recycle appropriately, and conserve resources reduces waste.
Furniture, equipment, electronics, and other learning materials being shed from any facility becomes surplus and is managed by the Maintenance Services Department. This surplus is warehoused and offered first to BSD schools, then other non-profit entities, and may eventually be sold with proceeds returning to support schools.
Annually, the day-to-day management of waste at BSD facilities carries a price tag of just over $830,000. Our facilities are served by five independent waste hauling companies governed by two local jurisdictions, City of Beaverton and Washington County. These jurisdictions set the disposal rates for haulers in their respective areas.
BSD strives to reduce waste in all areas by first reducing consumption, then by reusing materials until they are near end of service, and finally by recycling to repurpose viable materials.
The following materials are acceptable in the commingle recycling containers found at all Beaverton School District facilities.
Aerosol Cans - Empty with plastic cap discarded
Plastic - Containers with necks, tub-type containers six ounces or larger, buckets up to 5-gallons
Scrap Metal - Less than 30" long and less than 40 pounds
All materials should be free of food, liquid, and debris.
A separate receptacle is required for glass collection. Only glass bottles and jars are acceptable.
NO plastic bags, plastic clamshells, polystyrene, paper coffee cups or lids, frozen food boxes or trays, plastic caps or lids, straws, hot or cold drink cups, paper or plastic plates or cups, plastic utensils, take-out containers, "compostable" service ware, coffee cups or lids.
Food waste is the single largest portion of the region's waste stream and a major contributor to the creation of methane gas in a landfill. Local governments are being directed by Metro to establish mandatory food waste separation programs for generating businesses. Schools would be one of those generating businesses and required to separate food waste in 2022.
Through the cooperative efforts of Nutrition Services and Custodial Services staff, all eligible Beaverton School District schools have implemented food waste collection efforts. The collection program, commonly referred to as Back of the House, captures all food not served to students or able to be donated to local food pantries, including meat, dairy, and bread. As the name implies, only adult staff members working in the kitchen are involved in capturing the food waste. This controlled collection produces a clean product that is free of contamination.
OF FOOD WASTE
Beaverton School District encourages schools to participate in the Oregon Green Schools Association (OGS) program. The OGS framework offers schools the opportunity to focus on and engage in conservation efforts that are unique to their needs. Through OGS, schools build action plans that heighten awareness, motivate, and involve the entire school community to drive change.
The Energy & Resource Conservation Department assisted staff, students, and parents at the following schools explore OGS resulting in robust efforts to reduce waste and conserve resources.
|Errol Hassell||Findley||Fir Grove|
|Oak Hills||Raleigh Hills||Raleigh Park|
|Ridgewood||Rock Creek||Scholls Heights|
|Sexton Mountain||Terra Linda||Vose|
|West Tualatin View||William Walker|
|Cedar Park||Conestoga||Five Oaks|
|Highland||Meadow Park||Mountain View|
|Arts & Communication||International School||Merlo Station|
The Energy & Resource Conservation Department is focused on developing strategies that conserve resources. As ideas are explored, the research uncovers opportunities to share educational connections with staff, students, and the community. Offerings do change, so check back for new information.
U.S. Department of Energy
EPA Energy Star
American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
Bonneville Power Administration
Oregon Department of Energy
Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
Department of Environmental Quality
Clean Energy Bright Futures / Solar 4R Schools
Portland Water Bureau
Tualatin Valley Water District