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Energy Efficient Schools and Students: Case Studies
Table of Contents
Background and Overview
Reasons to Change
Barriers to Change
P2 Opportunities
Case Studies
Glossary of Terms
Key Contacts
Complete List of Links

Essential Links:

The Campus Environmental Resource Center--CampusERC--is intended to be a great library of resources ...

Energy Star for K-12 Districts
Estabishing a comprehensive energy management program, getting started with fact sheets, evaluating ...

Environmental Design + Construction (ED+C)
Bi-monthly magazine covering the green building industry.

Illinois Sustainable Schools Compact
The Illinois Sustainable Schools Compact program launched on January 31, 2008 features best practice...

National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities (NCEF)
Created in 1997 by the U.S. Department of Education, the National Clearinghouse for Educational Faci...

Skylighting in Schools - A Healthy Advantage
Older schools in this district were built with few windows, and students complained they felt "claus...

The Best Management Practices (BMP) Catalog
The BMP Catalog was designed to enhance EPA's Environmental Management System (EMS) Guide for Colleg...

<big><b>Energy Efficient Schools and Students: Case Studies </b></big>

This section lists schools across the country that have implemented energy efficiency principles in designs or retrofits including regionally appropriate alternative energy. This section also identifies schools that have integrated energy curricula.

These case stories offer real-world examples of how modifications of energy policy and consumption within a school can not only save money, but improve the learning environment for students and working environment of staff. Case studies and success stories offer valuable insight into the process from the awareness of a need for change to the initial design to the implementation.

Integrating energy policy in schools is a multi-step process that begins with involvement of all staff (administration, maintenance and teachers), parents, students, and occasionally the school board. Models for plans can be obtained but basically include in some form the following steps:

  • Recognize a need. Financial incentive, soaring energy costs, and scarce resources have forced schools to examine alternatives and energy policies.
  • Develop a policy for energy consumption in the school.
  • Determine alternative energy sources, modification possibilities, and replacements.
  • Conduct an energy audit of the school.
  • Implement appropriate conservation strategies.
  • Install energy efficient heating, cooling and electrical appliances as well as sensors.
  • Communicate regularly with staff and teachers.
  • Reassess the program, results, and process regularly.
New Building Construction
Retrofit Schools
High Performance Schools
Certification Programs

In addition to success stories and case studies educational resources that support changes in behaviors are provided and to see a comprehensive list of resources identified for this section of the topic hub, click on "More Links" from the bottom of the list on the right side of your screen. These links include success stories, case studies, educational resources, and certification programs (such as LEED). Additionally, a keyword search on case studies will also identify resources contained in this topic hub.


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The Energy Efficient Schools and Students Topic Hub™ was developed by:

Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable
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Hub Last Updated: 7/6/2011