School Expectations During Renew Our Schools Competition

Previous blogs outline the tools, resources, and financial incentives Wisconsin K-12 Energy Education Program (KEEP) and FOCUS ON ENERGY® provide during the Renew Our Schools energy competition. However, a successful school energy challenge will also need the support of these three school groups.

Facility Manager/IT Staff – This group is critical in behind-the-scenes preparation. The facility manager will complete a building questionnaire, provide historical utility data, submit electrical one-line drawings, and oversee the installation of the eGauge monitor. IT personnel will coordinate the hardwired ethernet connection and ensure readings are recorded.

Administration - Administrative staff will take care of the paperwork. This includes completing a Memo of Understanding with Renew Our Schools, spearheading the creation of an energy policy, and providing support for the competition.

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Teachers/Students – This group is the boots on the ground. Teachers will create a school energy team, integrate the challenge into lesson plans, and raise awareness for the challenge. Students are responsible for achieving school energy actions, logging results, and championing school-wide energy initiatives.

These three groups working together can create long-lasting change in a school community. If you are interested in increasing the teamwork and sustainability of your school, consider enrolling in the Renew Our Schools Competition. Visit to learn more and fill out an interest form. Applications for the upcoming fall competition, scheduled for October 2 to November 11, 2022, will be accepted until March 31, 2022.

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