Schools for Energy Efficiency (SEE) Program

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Schools for Energy Efficiency (SEE) is a comprehensive program for K-12 schools to save energy and money by changing behavior throughout the district. SEE provides a multi-year plan with strategies for efficient operations, energy awareness materials for staff and students, training, and utility tracking for immediate and sustainable savings.

The overall objective of the Schools for Energy Efficiency program is to provide schools with a way to reduce their operating costs through efficient use of energy while maintaining a healthy learning environment. The program's focus is not on equipment upgrades but rather an integrated approach to changing the behavior of how the operations staff (custodians, building engineers, maintenance) run their buildings and how teachers and students influence the electricity, natural gas, oil, and water use in a school.

Since its introduction in 2002 more than 750 participating schools across Minnesota have reduced their greenhouse gas emissions by 424,000,000 pounds of CO2. Not only was the SEE program recognized as the 2010 ENERGY STAR Featured Service and Product Provider of the Year, but 25 school districts in Minnesota have earned ENERGY STAR Leader awards for continuous improvement in energy efficiency. Approximately 150 school facilities in the program also qualify for ENERGY STAR Labels. In addition at the start of 2008, the SEE program was honored by the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance with the Inspiring Efficiency Education Award and from MN Governor Tim Pawlenty and the MN Pollution Control Agency as a recipient of the Governor's Excellence in Waste and Pollution Prevention Award.

The SEE program was developed in 2002 by Hallberg Engineering, Inc. (creator of Class 5 Energy) of White Bear Lake, MN, a mechanical and electrical engineering firm with more than 25 years experience serving Minnesota school districts. SEE was created in response to schools' need for a flexible, self-implemented plan to realize immediate savings in energy use as well as develop a long-term culture of energy efficiency.

Class 5 Energy is a consulting firm that is passionate about energy efficiency and has spent the last 10 years working with organizations to reduce their energy use and costs.

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Resource Management
Target Audience: 
Grades Pre K-12
Geographic Location: 
All Minnesota
Outside Minnesota
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<b>Class 5 Energy, Inc.</b>
1750 Commerce Court
White Bear Lake, MN 55110