Schools Award

In 2018, KEEA Energy Education Fund celebrates the 5th annual Moving to the Head of the Class Schools Awards winners!

  • First Place: Honesdale High School, Wayne Highlands School District
  • Second Place: Steckel Elementary, Whitehall-Coplay School District
  • Best School District: Corry Area School District
  • 2018 Energy Challenge Winner: Reading School District

These four schools displayed a commitment to energy efficiency, exceptional savings, creative low-cost programs or an exceptional need to remove barriers to energy savings. As winners of KEEF’s annual award, they will receive a no-cost district–wide portfolio assessment from Warren Energy Engineering. This “before the energy audit” assessment includes a current state report, identifies behavioral and operational best practices, and assists district decision-makers with specific next steps. Each awardee will receive prizes that help facilitate these upgrades to save their districts energy and money, which can help each district stretch their annual operations budgets.

Once the benchmarking has been completed, these schools have the opportunity host VIP tours to showcase the commitment their students, teachers, and administration have made to energy efficiency. Invited guests will include legislators, representatives of electric utilities, and businesses involved in helping the schools complete program work, as well as local press.

Most excitingly, KEEF will extend this opportunity to save and learn beyond these four schools. This year, every K-12 school district in Pennsylvania is welcome to apply for a no-cost portfolio assessment provided by Warren Energy Engineering. For selected districts, collaborative and guided engagements will be conducted with decision-makers to identify appropriate options for assistance in becoming more energy efficient. Schools statewide have received details about the application process, directly.

History

From 2013 to 2017 these awards were 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’s Executive Policy Manager, Hayley Book and winning schools received a variety of prizes, including a free ENERGY STAR certification, certification on the PJM market, 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 9 million people.

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