Business: Bend Community School (Bend)
Number of Employees: 3
- Placed signs above light switches and next to computers to
turn lights and computers "off" when not in use. Set thermostats
back at night. Turned down water temperature from 135o
to 120o Fahrenheit. Installed 1.5 gallon-per-minute
aerators on faucets at hand-washing sinks. FINANCIAL SAVINGS:
$210/year. RESOURCE SAVINGS: 3,000 kWh/year and 13,000
gallons/year of water.
- Reduced paper use by encouraging double-sided copying,
placing a bin next to the copy machine with "draft" paper (paper
that is already used on one side, but can be reused), and
turning off the automatic transmission report on the fax
Business: Cannon Beach Elementary School (Cannon Beach)
Number of Employees: 10
- When garbage cans are emptied, the custodian only replaces
the plastic liners if they are soiled or starting to smell.
Garbage can liners that have held nothing but paper and other
dry wastes are not changed every day. FINANCIAL SAVINGS:
$90/year. RESOURCE SAVINGS: 25 pounds of liners/year.
- The foot pedal on a large bathroom sink was stuck in the
"on" position. Fixing it cut water and sewer bills. FINANCIAL
SAVINGS: as much as $1,348/year in water and sewer bills.
- Low-flow aerators were installed on restroom and classroom
water faucets, saving water and the energy to heat it.
$154/year. RESOURCE SAVINGS: 39,600 gallons/year.
- Floats on tank toilets were adjusted to use less water per
FINANCIAL SAVINGS: $142/year. RESOURCE SAVINGS:
- Coils on refrigerator and milk coolers are vacuumed every 3
months to improve energy efficiency.
Business: City of Milwaukie (Milwaukie)
Number of Employees: 148
The City of Milwaukie has four buildings: City Hall, Ledding
Library, Public Security (fire and police), and the Johnson Creek
Building (offices and shops).
- Reduced hot water temperature at all faucets to 120 degrees
Fahrenheit. FINANCIAL SAVINGS: $104/year. RESOURCE
SAVINGS: 230 therms/year.
- Installed water conserving valves on all urinals in men’s
FINANCIAL SAVINGS: $97/year. RESOURCE SAVINGS:
- Purchased a unit to recondition rechargeable batteries.
After multiple rechargings, most batteries lose their ability to
hold a charge. Reconditioning restores the batteries so that
they can be recharged and reused again. FINANCIAL SAVINGS:
RESOURCE SAVINGS: 55 pounds/year.
- Reduced paper use across all City offices by 6% through
employee education about double-sided copying and efficient
printing and formatting practices. FINANCIAL SAVINGS:
$351/year. RESOURCE SAVINGS: 585 pounds of paper/year.
- Encourages reuse of filing folders, hanging files, and other
- Installed a crank timer for lights in a storage loft. This
turns the lights off after 10 to 30 minutes. FINANCIAL
RESOURCE SAVINGS: 7,400 kWh/year, plus light bulbs.
- Installed a crank timer for lights in the parking garage.
FINANCIAL SAVINGS: $522/year. RESOURCE SAVINGS:
11,000 kWh/year, plus light bulbs.
- Reduced outside night-time lighting levels by 50-75% at the
Johnson Creek Building offices and shops. FINANCIAL SAVINGS:
$3,211/year. RESOURCE SAVINGS: 50,900 kWh/year, plus
- Fixed a shower drip in a locker room. FINANCIAL SAVINGS:
RESOURCE SAVINGS: 16 therms (gas) and 4,900 gallons
- Fixed a leak at the truck/car wash. FINANCIAL SAVINGS:
RESOURCE SAVINGS: 29,200 gallons/year.
- Incorporated recycled content building materials into
several remodeling projects.
- Report available on use of recycled building materials in
remodeling projects. Call Metro, 503-234-3000.
Business: Corvallis-Benton County Public Library (Corvallis)
Number of Employees: 62
- Transports books between locations in durable plastic totes,
rather than paper boxes.
- Uses remanufactured toner cartridges. FINANCIAL SAVINGS:
- Buys stationery containing recycled paper.
- Recycles office paper, corrugated cardboard boxes,
newspaper, yard debris, and bottles and cans.
- Encourages the reuse of books through an annual used book
sale. Consolidates unsaleable books with Oregon State University
- The Library has an unofficial policy banning the use of
brightly colored papers ("astrobrights") which are difficult to
FINANCIAL SAVINGS: $200/year.
- All restroom sinks have self-regulating faucets that provide
water for about three seconds before shutting off. Water is also
set at a constant temperature, so patrons don’t waste water
adjusting the temperature.
- Reduced run times on automatic sprinkler irrigation system
from 20 minutes per station to 6 - 10 minutes per station.
FINANCIAL SAVINGS: approximately $530/year. RESOURCE
SAVINGS: approximately 440,000 gallons of water/year.
- As bulbs in exit signs burn out, staff are replacing them
with LED lamps. LED lamps have life expectancies of 30-50 years,
compared to 4-6 months for traditional incandescent lamps. The
full retrofit will cost $1,352. FINANCIAL SAVINGS:
$628/year when fully implemented (electricity and bulb savings,
labor savings not included). RESOURCE SAVINGS: 8,000
kWh/year (when fully implemented).
Business: Lynch Wood Elementary School (Portland)
Number of Employees: unknown
- Students eliminated the use of straws, individual food
wrappers, and single serving food containers in the cafeteria.
- The school reuses polystyrene packing peanuts and packing
foam, and also recycles paper, plastic, glass, tin, crayons,
batteries, and cooking oil.
Business: Me and Company (Winston)
Number of Employees: 2
Me and Company is a stained glass studio, including retail sales
of stained glass supplies and space for classes and workshops.
- All scrap glass generated in the studio is saved for use in
smaller projects or donated to the art teacher at Douglas High
School for student projects.
- Broken window glass is accepted from the public for use in
teaching students how to cut glass.
- Recovering lead from leaded stained glass projects and waste
solder is a skill taught to classes.
- Polystyrene packing peanuts, office paper, and paper towels
used to clean glass pieces are reused.
- Work tables are made from scrap lumber or old kitchen
- Scrap glass bins are old kitchen cabinet drawers.
- Cardboard, yard waste, and beverage containers are also
Business: North Plains Elementary School (North Plains)
Number of Employees: unknown
North Plains Elementary School implemented a "food choice"
program in the school cafeteria. Previously, all hot-lunch eaters
were given a tray with the same food. The school made four
- Provided two or three entrees to choose from each day.
- Introduced child-size "self service bars" stocked with
uncooked fruits and vegetables and bread products.
- Allowed students to accept or decline other hot foods
- Observed foods thrown out and revised ordering and
Average participation in the meal program increased from 61-73%
while the average cost of food per meal dropped from $0.85 to $0.71.
Food discarded per tray dropped 47%, and consumption of fresh fruits
and vegetables increased significantly.
A simplified version of this food choice program was also
implemented at Charles F. Tigard and Metzger Elementary Schools in
the Tigard-Tualatin School District.
- Call Metro, 503-234-3000.
Business: Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Ashland)
Number of Employees: unknown
- Replaced two water heaters with higher efficiency models.
- Reduced thermostat settings for both water and space heating
- Installed energy-efficient lights and controls.
FINANCIAL SAVINGS: The Oregon Shakespeare Festival
expects to save around $5,000/year as a result of these three
- Call Oregon Office of Energy, 1-800-221-8035
Business: Sagewood School (Bend)
Number of Employees: 8
- Informed parents of how to pack a "waste wise" lunch for
kids; switched from paper towels to cloth towels for staff; and
started a mixed paper recycling bin. The school was able to
reduce the size of their garbage can from 60 gallons to 33
- Reformatted reimbursement forms to use half as much paper.
- Began double-siding the school newsletter.
- Turned down hot water temperature from 130o to
FINANCIAL SAVINGS: $23/year. RESOURCE SAVINGS: 460
Business: Tualatin High School (Tualatin)
Number of Employees: ~100
- Encourage teachers and students to copy, print, and write on
both sides of the page.
- Eliminated print overruns of the school newspaper.
FINANCIAL SAVINGS: $1,260/year. RESOURCE SAVINGS: 260
- Use a posting policy to discourage excess posters; install
more bulletin boards, reduce number of posters. This reduces
high custodial costs repainting damaged walls.
- Classroom garbage can liners are no longer changed every
night unless obviously soiled. Lunchroom garbage can liners are
only pulled between lunches if more than half full.
- Replaced paper food trays for a la carte items with wax
tissue pickups. FINANCIAL SAVINGS: $458/year. RESOURCE
SAVINGS: 320 pounds/year.
- A mulching mower is used everywhere except the football
field and baseball diamond. This saves mowing time, hauling
expenses, and garbage bags. It also returns nitrogen and other
nutrients to the soil, reducing lawn fertilizer needs.
FINANCIAL SAVINGS: more than $10,000/year. RESOURCE
SAVINGS: 37,800 pounds/year.
- Purchase cleaning solutions in concentrate. A dispenser unit
is used to mix the concentrates with water at the correct ratio.
FINANCIAL SAVINGS: $300/year. RESOURCE SAVINGS: 350
- Purchase remanufactured laser printer cartridges rather than
new cartridges. FINANCIAL SAVINGS: $1,200/year.
RESOURCE SAVINGS: 72 pounds/year.
- Built in 1991, the school features glazed and double-paned
windows, electronic ballasts, advanced fluorescent lights, and
computer controlled heating and cooling. As a result of these
design features, Tualatin High School uses 36% less energy per
square foot of building space than the district’s other high
school. FINANCIAL SAVINGS: approximately $35,000/year.
- Case study exists, call Metro, 503-234-3000.
Business: Western View Middle School (Corvallis)
Number of Employees: 55
- The Student Leadership Class designed and delivered
educational messages to teachers and other students on the
importance of using both sides of paper, conserving energy, and
recycling. Electricity use dropped 7% compared to the same
period one year earlier.
- The school reduced the size of the school newsletter by
shrinking advertisements from full pages to half- and
quarter-pages, replacing registration forms with short articles
(with phone numbers), and reformatting articles and
announcements to use space more efficiently. The amount of paper
used in the newsletters dropped 17%. FINANCIAL SAVINGS:
$155/year. RESOURCE SAVINGS: 70 pounds/year (about 14
- Each teacher is given a photocopying budget at the start of
the year. Teachers who don’t use all of their allotment are
allowed to spend the difference on other improvements. One team
of teachers saved enough to buy an extra computer for use by
- As 40-watt fluorescent lamps burn out, they are replaced
with high efficiency 34-watt lamps. FINANCIAL SAVINGS:
$1,289/year. RESOURCE SAVINGS: 32,000 kWh/year.