The Efficient and Healthy Schools campaign aims to engage K-12 schools —especially those serving low-income student populations— to reduce energy costs and improve energy performance and indoor air quality. The campaign will help schools identify practical HVAC solutions and upgrades to improve energy efficiency while promoting healthier spaces for teaching and learning.
The Efficient and Healthy Schools campaign is led by the U.S. Department of Energy, with technical support from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The campaign was developed with contributions from the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Participants and supporters will receive our campaign newsletter on best practices and case studies. Participating schools can also engage in peer-to-peer learning, receive recognition, and contribute to the development of technical resources to HVAC solutions that improve energy performance and indoor air quality. Supporters can partner with the campaign team to promote improvements in K-12 schools and share the benefits of efficient and healthy school buildings.
Yes. We welcome any K-12 schools and school districts to join as participants in the campaign. In particular, the campaign encourages schools serving low-income student populations to participate.
The Recognition page describes the four categories of recognition:
- HVAC inspection and maintenance for indoor air quality (IAQ)
- Efficient HVAC for indoor environmental quality (IEQ)
- Ongoing monitoring and analytics for HVAC performance
- Teamwork to support strategic investments in Efficient and Healthy Schools
In addition, applicants are also encouraged to describe other approaches that demonstrate excellence toward the Efficient and Healthy Schools campaign goal by reaching out to us at EHSC@lbl.gov.
The campaign will describe aggregated data collected from participants and supporters. The campaign will obtain agreement from participants and supporters on a case by case basis when sharing information about individual organizations for recognition or to support peer-to-peer learning and other campaign purposes.
Efficient and Healthy Schools campaign participants are K-12 schools and school districts that are interested in reducing energy costs and improving energy performance and indoor air quality.
We anticipate that a school facilities or energy staff with information about HVAC practices and upgrades can complete the submission template in 30 minutes or less. If there are documentations that describe the kind of information that the recognition is looking for, we encourage schools to submit their documents to expedite the review.
Yes, a one-page information sheet about the campaign is available for download as a .pdf.