• The district spent $3.3 million on utilities annually, with $1.9 Million being energy related. Since 2009 the district's overall utility expenditures decreased from $3.6 million to $3.3 million while adding over 194K square feet of new space, welcoming over 1,008 new students, and constant utility cost escalations. The District Energy Management Office is devoted to reducing costs and conserving a variety of energy, water and environmental resources. The resource conservation effort is a deliberate approach to manage a large portfolio of natural resources both used and wasted. The office will assist the district to become a local, regional and national leader in resource conservation management and renewable energy applications.

Primary Purpose of Resource Conservation

  • To be proactive stewards of our finite resources while maintaining a bright, comfortable, and safe learning environment and;

    To reduce consumption/costs of natural resources such as natural gas, electricity, water, solid waste, and;

    To collaborate with Capital Projects Office on new construction energy efficiency opportunities and;

    To build awareness of resource conservation best practices among students and staff in collaboration with the King County Green Schools Program.


  • District Energy Management Office works towards minimizing utilities cost through a number of different program elements:

    • Energy Management Plan
    • Comprehensive Energy Policy(s)
    • Investor Grade Audits (IGA’s)
    • Energy conservation measures (ECM)
    • Renewable energy

Type of Projects

    • Mechanical  systems upgrades
    • Lighting retrofits and upgrades
    • Building control system (DDC) upgrades
    • Building envelop upgrades
    • Energy Grants

  • DEM




Major Accomplishments

    • Avoided $1.4 million in Energy Cost since 2008
    • Avoided $150K in maintenance expenditures
    • Avoided $240K in KC Surface Water Mgt. fees
    • Awarded $4.6 million in energy grants
    • Granted over $300K in utility incentives
    • Classroom and hallway lighting upgrades to long life T-8 lamps at 8 facilities
    • Gym & Cafeteria lighting upgrades
    • LED exterior lighting upgrades district wide
    • Major Data Center energy upgrades
    • Tunable LED lighting upgrades at LHS & HHS
    • Retro-commissioning district-wide
    • Cooling tower rebuilds district-wide
    • Renton HS achieves Energy Star rating of 100!


    • Reduce utility cost by $500,000 annually
    • Reduce annual maintenance costs
    • Mechanical system upgrades
    • Building Energy Control upgrades
    • Additional Energy Star advances


  • Jay Leviton
    Chief of Support Services

    J. Stine

    Program Manager,
    District Energy Management Office

    Renton School District

    Facilities, Operations and Maintenance Center

    7812 S. 124th, Seattle, WA 98178

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