2023/2024 Recognition

2023-2024 EHSP Recognition

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Efficient and Healthy Schools Program (EHSP) aims to recognize schools and districts for improving their energy performance, advancing resilience, and promoting a healthy learning environment. 

We invite you to join a growing network of schools, school districts, and organizations applying for the recognition!

See slides from our recent webinar and our shareable recognition factsheet to learn more!

Apply for EHSP Recognition Now 

Deadline: April 5, 2024

Or, join the program anytime to get updates and access to resources! 

Emerging and exemplary schools and districts will be recognized in the following categories:

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Data Detective

Honoring schools and districts who demonstrate best practices to assess, benchmark, and utilize building data to prioritize school improvements.

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Retrofit Revolutionary

Honoring schools and districts that showcase exemplary retrofit projects to improve energy efficiency, resilience, and promote a healthy learning environment.

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Performance Pro

Honoring schools and districts who strive for continuous improvement through operations and maintenance (O&M) activities, performance evaluation, and retro commissioning (RCx).

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Solutions Strategist

Honoring schools and districts who develop plans and make committed goals to advance district initiatives that achieve sustained and long-term improvements of their school buildings.

Support we provide for schools and districts:

  • One-on-one technical assistance.
  • Cohorts to provide opportunities for peer-to-peer learning.
  • Mentorship from previous recognition honorees.
  • Tailored and packaged resources to help implement projects.

Apply now! The submission deadline is April 5th 2024.

Working Session: February 29th, 2024

We have an upcoming information session on February 29th that will focus on two recognition categories: Retrofit Revolutionary & Performance Pro. We'll also provide key resources including technical assistance offerings. Join us! 

On January 30th we had a working session focused on two other recognition categories: Solutions Strategist & Data Detective. Watch the recording and view the slides here

 Benefits of Recognition Include:

Benefits of Recognition: Set a precedent for future work and success in school buildings projects Share lessons learned with organizations, federal agencies, districts, and peers on various national and local stages Inspire other districts and schools to make improvements that impact energy efficiency and health Utilize the materials you develop for the recognition application to apply for funding opportunities  Showcase national leadership that prioritizes students and staff by addressing efficiency and health in school buildings Enable further engagement and support from community stakeholders by highlighting your success

4 students from ISD 197 holding equipmentWant to see projects from last year's honorees?

In 2022-2023, the program recognized 17 K-12 schools and districts serving over 600,000 students in 15 states. These schools and districts achieved substantial energy savings and greatly improved the learning environment through indoor air quality, lighting, and building control improvements. The honorees include a diversity of schools leading the way, from schools in urban cities to others that serve our rural communities. See their success stories and examples. Image: ISD 197, Best in Class Honoree.

“We are so honored and humbled to be named Best in Class in the category of Energy Efficiency Plus Health. It has been such a helpful, educational, and inspirational experience for us to partake in the Efficient and Healthy Schools Campaign,” said Katherine Walsh, Sustainability, Energy, and Environment Program Director at Boston Public Schools. “We have learned a lot from you and your team of experts - thank you for providing such important resources and support to K-12 schools." Check out projects from last year’s recognition honorees.

To learn more, contact us at schools@lbl.gov.

See more details about inspiring projects below! 

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Retrofit Revolutionary: In 2020, Lincoln Public Schools (LPS) undertook a massive project encompassing a suite of measures at Park Middle School, originally constructed in 1926. This work, funded from a $290 million bond covering a variety of LPS projects, sought to address a variety of thermal comfort issues and better control of air contaminants. This project builds on a 20+ year foundation of innovative design and high performing buildings led by the LPS Director of Operations. See the case study.


Front of school buildingPerformance Pro: In 2019, Katy Independent School District, in Katy, Texas, set out on a course to systematically upgrade the aging Building Management Control Systems (BMCS) district wide. BMCS replacements and upgrades have been applied to over 6 million square feet of conditioned space and 44 facilities over the past four years, with the goal of upgrading all schools. Each upgrade includes upgraded hardware and application of a standardized, enhanced sequence of operations and graphics that prioritize efficiency while maintaining proper ventilation rates. See the case study.


Air monitoring dashboard showing measurementsData Detective: Boston Public Schools (BPS) is committed to providing high-performing school buildings and grounds that have healthy indoor air quality. In November 2020, the BPS Facilities Management Mechanical Engineer and Sustainability, Energy, Environment Program developed an request for proposal (RFP) for vendors to provide indoor air quality (IAQ) monitoring. The RFP included system requirements and the scope of requested services. In January 2022, the BPS Sustainability, Energy, and Environment Program launched the IAQ Monitoring System across all BPS schools. See the case study.


Students learning about solar panelsSolutions Strategist: In April 2023, Bellingham Public Schools (BPS) released a draft of the district’s first five-year Climate Action Plan. BPS has been taking steps to reduce the environmental impact of their buildings and operations since the early 2000s. The first capital projects bond to include energy efficiency upgrades was passed by the community in November 2013, and since then, BPS has steadily adopted other practices such as Washington Sustainable Schools Protocol standards and programmable LED lighting. BPS is also enrolled in the Energy Conservation Services Management Program with their local utility. See the case study.