Recognized for Excellence

A National Leader in Energy Efficient Schools

Des Moines Public Schools is proud of the national and state recognition that our Students First projects have received, especially in the area of energy conservation and efficiency which mean more dollars available for what matters most: educating our students.

This recognition is really an honor for all of Des Moines, and the shared commitment to providing students throughout our community with great places to learn.

Major honors earned by DMPS are highlighted below.


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Des Moines Public Schools was awarded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award for Energy Management in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.  The District was the first school district in the nation to “three-peat” with the receipt of a third consecutive Partner of the Year Award in 2014.  DMPS has also been awarded Partner of the Year awards in 2014 and 2015 for the secondary category of Climate Communications.


Des Moines Public Schools was one of the first school districts in the nation to earn the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools Award in 2013 for our district-wide conservation and efficiency work.


Des Moines Public Schools was awarded the State of Iowa Governor’s Iowa Environmental Excellence Award in 2013.  The Governor’s Award was presented for the District’s wide-reaching efforts to implement and promote energy efficiency, environmental awareness and sustainable strategies.