Young conservationists take the lead! On September 17 – November 16, 4 middle schools in Jefferson County participated in Renew Our Schools. Renew Our Schools is an energy conservation competition empowering students to design and inspire behavioral and energy usage changes in their schools, homes and communities. The program’s 2017 impact numbers include over 17,000 participating students, 120,000 kilowatts saved during the competition, and $105,000 won by participating schools.
During the Jefferson County competition, daily energy savings were as high as 18% among all the schools.
From expert mentors to eGauge monitors, the competition was packed full of educational tools and an experience that students will take with them to high school and beyond.
Huge congrats to our latest winner, Bell Middle School. Bell students had visits from Hal Corin, the Energy Manager at Jefferson County Public Schools, and Steve Morgan, an energy engineer and founder of Bolder Energy Engineers. These mentors provided advice and tools for the students to use on a daily basis, some of which included an explanation of the detailed workings of their solar panels. Bell students even toured a local oil and gas facility for a comprehensive understanding of energy transformation from earth to our living spaces. They took what they learned in the competition and presented their findings to administration and staff asking for changes in their building to make it more energy efficient. One competition submission even included a rap, to motivate other students to join the efforts. Bell Middle School’s hard work paid off and the students won the Conservation Cup trophy and bragging rights! 🙂
Find out more about Renew Our Schools here.