Boston City Public Schools - 2012

Britta Victor | Duke University

  • Fellows Britta Victor (right) and Spencer Evans in line for lunch at the 2012 EDF Climate Corps training.
Metro Area: 
Boston, MA
Project Type: 
Energy Audit | Energy Management / Strategy / Tools | Lighting
Facility Type: 
Academic Buildings

Britta Victor created a financial model to help Boston Public Schools (BPS) pay for energy efficiency upgrades without burdening its budget. By examining audits of similar schools, she determined that upgrades such as light bulb retrofits, weather stripping and energy management software could pay for themselves within this model.

The model, called equipment leasing, enables BPS to perform its own energy audits, more accurately understand its equipment needs, acquire that equipment and pay for it – with savings left over. At just five of its schools, BPS could save more than $2 million and nearly 17,000 tons of carbon dioxide over the project lifetimes. The city may expand this plan to obtain energy savings from many more schools and city buildings.

If this model is successful, Boston may implement it at other schools and city buildings.