FAQs

FAQs

What is the goal of the campaign?

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.

Who are the campaign organizers?

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.

How do I join the campaign?

Joining the campaign is easy and free. Please complete our web form to join the campaign either as a participant or a supporter. For more information, please contact the Efficient and Healthy Schools team via email at EHSC@lbl.gov.

What are the benefits of joining the campaign?

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.

Can all K-12 schools (public, private, charter, magnet) participate in the campaign?

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.

What categories of recognition will be given in the campaign?

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.

What will the organizers do with the data submitted by participants and supporters?

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.

How can my organization get recognized in the campaign?

Schools and school districts should describe their best practices and solutions by completing the submission templates for recognition. For questions or more information about the recognition process, please reach out to us at EHSC@lbl.gov.

What is the difference between a campaign participant and supporter?

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.

How long does it take to complete the submission template for recognition?

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.

Is there a downloadable document with some basic information about the campaign that I can share with my school?

Yes, a one-page information sheet about the campaign is available for download as a .pdf.