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RENEW OUR SCHOOLS SCHOOL ENERGY ACTIONS
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The items in the top BLUE section are required. All other items can be submitted for points that will go toward your overall score.
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CategoryActivityDescriptionWhat gets submittedPoints
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REQUIREDSchool AuditConduct an audit of at least 20 rooms in your school and 5 areas that need improvement. Please use your discretion as to which classrooms look like they use the most energy. Look for rooms that are over-lit, too warm or too cold, or have many electronic devices left on. Use your tools provided in your tool kit to determine the light levels, temperature and electricity usage of the devices in the room. Describe 5 specific areas of your school that need improvement. Competition Audit Form (on website)40
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Final Presentation or Video
Submit a student-created presentation or video that demonstrates your school’s efforts, hard work, and findings. It needs to include the following: The area(s) of your school that were found to use the most energy, the area(s) of your school where the greatest energy use improvement was achieved, your struggles and successes, what you learned, your methods of involving the entire school and how you got the word out!Submit final presentation50
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Energy SavingseGauge DemonstrationGather all students in the school to observe the eGauge and shut down all lights in the building. Watch the load change. Note: The eGauge website is not designed to handle many computers accessing it at once.  If you do this activity, make sure you only use 1-3 computers in the school to access the site.  Picture of all students viewing the eGauge screen. Quantify the kW reduced.20
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Energy Savings HourDetermine your school's average daily energy use and see if you can reduce your load by 15% for one hour.Entry confirming time window of energy saving hour.20
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Energy Savings PersistenceIncorporate the energy savings hour into daily practices for one whole week.Show the reduction on the eGauge for every day for one 5 day school week.30
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Energy Savings WeekendDetermine your school's average daily energy use when the building is unoccupied and see if you can reduce your unoccupied building load by 10%Entry confirming time window of energy saving weekend15
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Energy in the ClassroomLesson Plan: GeneralImplement one energy-themed (renewables, conservation, sustainability) lesson into a classroom in the schoolLesson plan and 2 examples of student work10
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Lesson Plan: Your Community's Energy SourceCreate and teach a lesson plan that traces your community's energy source from start to finish. Map out where your community's energy comes from. Who provides your electricity and gas? What types of renewable energy are used in your area?Lesson plan and 2 examples of student work10
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Lesson Plan: Energy Facts about your communityCreate and teach a lesson plan in which students research energy facts about your community. Lesson plan and 2 examples of student work10
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School Energy PolicyCan you get your school to adapt an energy policy that creates change in energy usage?A copy of the new energy policy signed by an administrator20
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Phantom LoadsExplore phantom loads and list 5 appliances in your school that have a phantom load. Lesson plan and 2 examples of student work10
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Kilowatt Lesson PlanUse your kill-o-watt meters to calculate how much the electricity is used by 5 appliances found in your school during a week. *(Remember, units of energy are kWh)Lesson plan and 2 examples of student work10
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Using a Light MeterTake lighting level measurements in 5 classrooms and report on what was found compared to the standard lighting levels. Measurements to be taken at desk level at three locations in each room - at a desk, in a corner, and in front of the white board.Lesson plan and 2 examples of student work10
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Creative CampaignSignage/Posters/Lightswitch coversYour signage can be in the form of banners, murals, posters, billboards, or small signs to be hung around school creating awareness and reminding your school community to conserve energy. Try to think of something ‘catchy’ that will be noticed! You may include information specific to your school (mascot, school name, etc) or it can be a ‘universal message’ that can be used in any school or location.Submit 2 of the best student creations20
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Homeroom competitionConduct a energy-themed competition among homerooms, grade levels, etc in your school. Submit pictures of the competition. 15
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Environmental ClubTake a picture, create a mission statement and develop 3 measurable long-term goals of your school's environmental club.Submit picture, mission statement and long-term goals of your school's environmental club.20
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Local ExpertsLocal Energy Expert: ClubInvite a local energy expert or organization to speak to your club (if you invite more than 1, they must be from different organizations)Submit pictures of the expert speaking with the group. Submit a description of the expert and their role in the energy/sustainability field.20
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Local Energy Expert: SchoolInvite a local energy expert or organization to speak to your school. Maximum of 2. (One can be the same person as your mentor)Submit pictures of the expert speaking with the group. Submit a description of the expert and their role in the energy/sustainability field.30
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Local Energy Expert: MentorInvite a local expert to mentor your students in the competition. This person could assist with the audit and lead a 'walkthrough' of the building looking for energy-saving tactics. Certain experts could include: energy engineer, employee of a local utility, green architect, energy consultant. Submit pictures of the expert working with the group. (For the school district competition, this can be your assigned mentor.) Submit a description of the expert and their role in the energy/sustainability field.30
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Energy Source TourTake your students on a tour of an energy source in your community-wind farm, coal plant, solar farmSubmit pictures of your students on the tour. Submit a description of the energy source. 40
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Students as TeachersAdmin PresentationPresent an energy conservation idea to your administration as a way to incorporate a change in your building. Some examples are Smart plugs, smart power strips, lighting change, etc. Raise money to make that change. 10 bonus points if they make the change! (this excludes the Energy Appliance Policy from above). Pictures of students presenting idea to admin and a description of your idea.30
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FundraiserHold a fundraiser/raise money to make your school more energy efficient. For example, host a bake sale to make money to replace light bulbs in a few classrooms, buy smart strips, etc. Pictures of students at the fundraiser. A description of activity and what was purchased with the money. A before and after picture of the change.20
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Students As Teachers! Students teach other students a lesson about energy conservation (regardless of age of teaching and learning students)Pictures of students teaching students and a written description of the lesson. 30
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OtherDesign your own energy themed idea. Please submit the idea to Program Manager for approval BEFORE you begin. TBDTBD
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