Applications are closed for the 2017 Moving to the Head of the Class Awards. See the 2017 winners below!

Made possible by the generous support of the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, this energy efficiency award provides a unique opportunity for K-12 schools in Pennsylvania to get recognition for all of the work they have already done to save energy and money. Past award winners have together saved over 10,000,000 kWh and $1,300,000!

Last year the award was conferred by Public Utility Commission Vice Chairman Andrew Place and winning schools received a variety of prizes, including a free ENERGY STAR certification, free auditing services, free Nest thermostats, and educational materials. Since 2013, the award has been covered in dozens of news outlets with a combined viewership of almost 6 million people.


2017 Winners

Springhouse Middle School
With a team of teachers and support staff, Springhouse Middle School students save energy through with support from PPL’s Act 129 Continuous Energy Improvement Program, their Think Energy! program and the Bright Ideas poster contest. Their creative student engagement includes a “Green Cribs” project, where students create short video documentaries that explore their own homes’ savings potential, and feature teaching members of their community how to save energy. Springhouse Middle’s energy savings through behavioral changes was impressive!

Parkland High School
Parkland High School spearheaded a multifaceted behavioral change program that begins with a Continuous Energy Improvement (CEI) team of teachers, administrators, custodial staff and business members that meet monthly, and includes green teams that involve students in a variety of creative projects to promote energy conservation and efficiency.  Parkland is supported by PPL’s Act 129 Energy Efficiency Education Programs, and implemented smart metering and tracking software to monitor and adjust their efforts as needed. 

McKee Elementary School
Part of 2016’s Honorable Mentions, West Allegheny School District, McKee Elementary School has engaged their Director of Buildings, grounds team, teachers, students and staff in a behavioral strategy, in-class lessons in energy efficiency, and incentives for faculty and staff that encourage compliance with shut-down procedures. The school has participated in West Penn Power’s Act 129 programs to both educate students and implement capital improvements like lighting, HVAC and controls projects to save energy and money. 

Congratulations to our 2016 Moving to the Head of the Class award recipients!

Thank you to the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation for making this program possible:


And thank you to PECO Smart Ideas and PPL Electric Utilities for their generous sponsorships!