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McKinstry and Denver Public Schools, in consultation with the Colorado Energy Office, embarked on an Energy Performance Contract (EPC) project in January 2019 that is providing facility upgrades by capitalizing on utility and operational cost savings. The project includes upgrades at 27 schools, totaling more than 3.8 million square feet, to improve the learning environment, address maintenance challenges, reduce utility costs through efficiency improvements, and fund capital upgrades. One part of the EPC is McKinstry’s powerED program.

The powerED program challenges building occupants to become active contributors to reduce energy use and increase sustainability in their schools. PowerED empowers students and staff to improve their facilities, engages them through a campaign called People.Power.Planet, and provides students resources to explore career-related skills.

At each building, powerED will be led by site champions through extra-curricular activities that complement current initiatives. The overall goals of this program are to improve comfort, increase energy efficiency, and increase sustainability engagement and awareness. In the background, the program is collaborating with DPS facilities teams to ensure operational optimization of mechanical systems in schools and leverage an energy tracking dashboard that can also be utilized in the classroom.