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High Schools Honored for Their Commitment to Energy Efficiency

Aug. 15, 2018
Four Pennsylvania high school districts have "moved to the head of the class" in the fifth annual energy efficiency competition.

Four Pennsylvania high school districts have "moved to the head of the class" in the fifth annual energy efficiency competition sponsored by the Keystone Energy Education Fund (KEEF). 

The 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.

The winners of the Moving to the Head of the Class competition are as follows:

  • 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

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.

KEEF will also 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. 

Over the course of the program, the past award winners, which are all K-12 schools in Pennsylvania, have saved more than 10,000,000 kWh and $1,300,000. For the first four years of the program, the awards were made possible by the support of the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation. 

About the Author

Amy Fischbach | Amy Fischbach, EUO Contributing Editor

Amy Fischbach is the contributing editor for the Electric Utility Operations section of Transmission and Distribution World. She worked for Prism Business Media (now Penton) for eight years, most recently as the managing editor of Club Industry's Fitness Business Pro magazine. She is now working as a freelance writer and editor for B2B magazines. Amy earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan.She serves as the national vice president of the American Society of Business Publication Editors. She can be reached at [email protected].

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