Energy efficient buildings are central to green schools. In partnership with the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, the City of Falls Church was awarded technical assistance through the US Department of Energy (US DOE) Climate Action Champions Program to conduct a Geothermal Feasibility Study at the Falls Church Campus Redevelopment site. The study was conducted by Oak Ridge National Laboratory and facilitated by the ESC's Energy Transition Sub-Committee. While geothermal systems cost more upfront, the study estimated a payback period of just 3-5 years due to annual operations and maintenance cost savings.
Geothermal Feasibility Study