Facilities & Safety
Welcome to the Eden Prairie Schools Facilities and Safety Department. We are dedicated to providing quality facilities and grounds that are safe for all who use the property maintained by Eden Prairie Schools. The buildings and grounds of Eden Prairie Schools are used year-round and are occupied from 8 to 14 hours a day, depending on the site.
The Facilities and Safety Department maintains over 1.7 million square feet of facilities and over 230 acres of grounds for Eden Prairie Schools. Besides maintaining property we are a department that is dedicated to customer service. A staff of over 90 hard working and dedicated employees service Eden Prairie district buildings and grounds.
What happens when a building “Thinks Green”
When you visit many of the schools in the district, you might wonder about the blue Energy Star displayed on some of the buildings. What do they mean? And why did that building receive one?
The Energy Star was born out of the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save money on energy costs. The program is a joint effort between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. The partnership has delivered a proven energy management strategy that works. The blue “Energy Stars” are a badge of honor for our buildings. It indicates that a high degree of energy savings and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions have been achieved.
The person behind these accomplishments is James Anderson, director of facilities and safety for Eden Prairie Schools. His forward-thinking efforts have resulted in acquiring the plaques that represent good news for both our students and our district.
Some of the efforts that Jim initiated across the district are as simple as getting everyone to turn off lights and computer monitors when not in use. Other changes involved switching to energy efficient light bulbs and switches that are sensor operated. Keeping district equipment running in tip-top shape also conserves energy.
Energy Star awards prove we are doing our part in the fight to reduce the negative impact on the environment while establishing our district as a leader in “thinking green” for our students today and on into the future.