Make the grade by improving learning environments and reducing costs.
Local schools are places for children to grow and learn, and they are important community resources. Schools are also likely to be one of the biggest energy users in town. Energy inefficiencies unnecessarily strain the budget and the taxpayers. Fortunately, an energy efficiency project can pay for itself in energy- and cost-savings, and more.
Energy-efficient lighting, heating, ventilation, and commercial kitchen equipment can help your school reduce the costs needed to operate and maintain the building, and reduce environmental impacts. A well-designed energy efficiency project can also significantly improve lighting and indoor air quality—features that are essential for learning, health, and the well-being of students and staff.
Check out our new guide to taking action and achieving energy efficiency in schools, Making the Grade.
Learn more about the Whole School Energy Challenge!
Efficiency Vermont, in partnership with the Vermont Energy Education Program (VEEP) and the Vermont Superintendents Association, has launched the Whole School Energy Challenge. The Challenge serves to engage your entire school - from the students to the facility staff to the administration - in a school-year long campaign to reduce the School’s use of energy and associated costs and foster greater energy awareness and improved long term energy management.
You can follow the teams as they collect data, make a plan, and save their school money over the 2012-2013 school year by visiting the Whole School Energy Challenge web pages.