• K-12 school districts in the U.S. spend about $8 billion on energy annually


  • Space heating, cooling, and lighting account for nearly 70% of total energy use in typical K-12 school buildings


  • A survey by the National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities shows that K-12 buildings in major U.S. cities have a combined $60 billion in repair, renovation, and deferred maintenance needs


  • A national survey of school nurses found that more than 40% knew children and staff that were adversely impacted by avoidable indoor pollutants


  • According to the American Association of School Administrators, many K-12 school districts have taken the following steps due to decreasing budgets:

    • Deferred maintenance

    • Less heating & cooling

    • Outsourcing of maintenance

    • Reduced operations

    • Closing schools


  • The U.S. federal government’s Better Buildings Initiative is working to make K-12 schools 20% more energy efficient by the year 2020


  • Low-tech/Low-cost strategies to save energy in K-12 schools:

    • Develop and implement an energy awareness program

    • Coordinate an energy competition

    • Optimize HVAC and lighting through proper scheduling


  • Of the $8 billion spent by K-12 schools annually on energy, $2 billion can be saved by improving energy efficiency – an amount equivalent to the cost of nearly 40 million new textbooks


  • On average, green K-12 schools save $100,000 per year on operating costs – enough to hire at least one new teacher, buy 200 new computers, or purchase 5,000 textbooks


  • Benefits of energy efficiency programs in K-12 schools:

    • Lower gas and electricity bills

    • Enhance indoor air quality

    • Improve student performance

    • Increase security and safety

    • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions & other environmental impacts