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GLRPPR Sector Resource: Energy Efficiency Programs in K-12 Schools: A Guide to Developing and Implementing Greenhouse Gas Reduction Programs

Title:
Energy Efficiency Programs in K-12 Schools: A Guide to Developing and Implementing Greenhouse Gas Reduction Programs

Abstract:
This guide describes how local governments can work with school districts to improve energy efficiency in existing, renovated, and new K-12 schools; reduce energy costs; and create a range of environmental, economic, and educational benefits. It is designed to be used by school district energy program managers, school districts and school boards, local government agencies, and mayors and city councils. Readers of the guide should come away with an understanding of options to improve energy efficiency in schools, a clear idea of the steps and considerations involved in developing and implementing them, and an awareness of expected investment and funding opportunities. The guide describes the benefits of energy efficiency in K-12 schools (section 2); a step-by-step approach to improving energy efficiency in new and existing schools (section 3); key participants and their roles (section 4); the policy mechanisms that local governments have used to support energy efficiency programs in schools (section 5); implementation strategies for effective programs (section 6); investment and financing opportunities (section 7); federal, state, and other programs that may be able to help local governments with information or financial and technical assistance (section 8), and finally two case studies of local governments that have successfully improved energy efficiency in K-12 schools (section 9). Additional examples of successful implementation are provided throughout the guide.

URL:
http://www.epa.gov/statelocalclimate/documents/pdf/k-12_guide.pdf

Source:
U.S. EPA State and Local Climate and Energy Program

Resource Type:
Article/report

Date of Publication:
2011

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