ReNew Our Schools has inspired K – 12 students across Colorado to become energy leaders in their schools and communities since 2007. Many schools have truly excelled and won significant awards. This year’s competitions have inspired districts to further seek ways to be energy efficient, begun or expanded after-school environmental clubs, and brought an energy-saving outlook home to the families of the students who worked so hard during the competitions. All told, ReNew Our Schools touches as many as 10,000 students and their families per competition!
Renew Our Schools has:
- reached almost 150,000 students across Colorado
- Worked with most of the 10 largest school districts in Colorado
- Reached over 21,000 households that have pledged to save energy
- Revitalized or created over 100 Environmental Clubs with long term sustainability goals
- Given out over $500,000 in awards to winning schools
- Saved school districts up to $12,000 in energy costs in one month of competition!
Each of our schools gets to work with a professional from the local energy community. We could not run these competitions without their support. For a complete list of Mentors and Companies that have participated, click here.
Adams 12 Five Star School District, Spring, 2018 (Funded by Innovo Foundation)
$5000 saved in 16 days of competition!
3,200 households made a pledge to save energy
Douglas County School District, Spring, 2018 (Funded by All Points North Foundation)
$3,000 saved in 20 days of competition
Pueblo School District, Spring, 2017 (Funded by the Colorado Energy Office)
- Average energy savings of all 8 schools– 16%
- $4,000 saved in just 20 days of competition!
- All 8 schools completed a school wide energy audit
Poudre School District, Fall, 2017 (Funded by Innovo Foundation)
- Average energy savings of all 16 schools– 16%
- $8,000 saved in just 18 days of competition!
- Over 3,200 homes made pledges to reduce their energy use
Jefferson County School District, Fall, 2016 (Funded by Innovo Foundation)
- Average savings among 12 schools- 16%
- $12,000 saved in just 19 days of competition!
Thompson School District, Spring, 2016 (Funded by All Points North Foundation)
- 8 schools
- 3 schools reduced their electricity use by over 19%!
Jefferson County School District, Fall, 2015 (Funded by the Colorado Energy Office)
- 12 schools
- $4,041 saved in just 20 days of competition!
St. Vrain Valley School District, Spring, 2015 (Funded by Innovo Foundation & All Points North Foundation
- 12 schools competed
- 5 schools reduced their energy use by over 10%, some as high as 19%
- Total electricity saved = 42,917 kWh =$3, 863 saved in just 19 days of competition!
- 11 out of the 12 schools completed a school wide energy audit
- 11 Environmental Clubs were formed
- Almost 2000 homes made pledges to reduce their energy use
- Students got to work with energy professionals who acted as Mentors to the schools.
Thanks to the professionals that volunteered to mentor these students:
|Adil Khan||Accentz Inc|
|Ara Massey||Slaterpaull Architects|
|Ari Gino||The Watershed School|
|Ben Schloesser||Harness Energy|
|Bryce Brady||Platte River Power Authority|
|Chuch Finleon||Longmont Power & Communications|
|Katya Hafich||CU Boulder – Learn More About Climate|
|Ryan Hughes||Cadmus Group|
|Steven Morgan||4Sight Energy Solutions|
|Tyler Kesler||Center for ReSource Conservation|
|Zach Swank||Boulder County EnergySmart|
Aurora Public Schools, April 2014 (Funded by All Points North Foundation)
- 12 schools competed
- 11 of 12 Environmental Clubs started with 2-year commitment
- 3 schools reduced electricity use by over 20%
- Over 1,300 households completed the Home Checklist
- 10 of 12 schools did an extensive school-wide audit
- $10,000 saved by behavior means only
- A potential of $12,000 saved by finding programming errors
St. Vrain Valley School District, January 2014 (Funded by Innovo Foundation)
- 6,000 students reached
- 8 Environmental Clubs created
- 3 schools received $25,000 in sustainability prizes
- $3,200 in savings due to behavior changes in one month
St. Vrain Valley School District, Spring, 2013
Winning schools ($25,000 each):
- Erie Elementary
- Sunset Middle
- Erie High
$8,000 saved in two months!
1,800 households participated in behavioral conservation measures
Boulder Valley School District and St. Vrain Valley School District, November – December, 2011
Winning schools ($25,000 prize):
- Summit Middle
- Erie High
- Horizons K – 8
Winners of an eGauge energy Monitor:
- Fairview High
- Coal Ridge Middle
Boulder Valley School District, 2010
Winning Schools ($25,000 solar array):
- Fireside Elementary: Watch Fireside Elementary ‘Flip the Switch’ video This video shows the assembly as the school launches their solar program.
- Flatirons Elementary
- Monarch K – 8