LAUSD Partnering With the Energy Coalition to Provide Energy Savings Program to Schools

LOS ANGELES (Dec. 12, 2013) – The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) launched earlier this month a partnership with The Energy Coalition at an event at Cienega Elementary School to reduce energy consumption.

The District spends approximately $120 million annually on utilities, 93 percent of which is electricity and water. Through the POWER Challenge, school sites participate in three seasonal rounds and one year-round competition to save energy. Schools that succeed in all three rounds may earn up to a total of $1,000. In the year-round competition, the top three schools within each geographical Educational Service Center will received $25,000, $15,000 and $10,000 respectively. The top school overall will receive a trophy as well.

The Energy Coalition (TEC) is a non-profit dedicated to empowering energy-responsible behavior in schools, businesses and governments. TEC is partnering with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) to offer the PEAK program to the District at no cost. 

PEAK is a progressive, standards-based STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education program that actively prepares students to make informed energy decisions. PEAK provides teachers with innovative curriculum and extensive activities that enable students to apply what they learn in the classroom.

Through PEAK, students will gain an increased understanding of physical and earth sciences, be empowered and inspired to take action to protect the earth’s resources, explore green jobs and prepare for the future workforce, and develop leadership skills through educating others about smart energy use.

PEAK offers professional development for educators, resources and tools for labs and hands-on activities, and ongoing support through instructional planning, green career events, special events and assemblies.

LADWP is providing $150,000 to enable the District to offer the PEAK program to fourth-grade classrooms in up to 25 elementary schools in 2013-2014. 

“Increasing energy efficiency in our schools is one of the top priorities of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. In the past two years, LADWP has dramatically increased our investment in energy efficiency programs city-wide, and that investment includes supporting a comprehensive partnership with LAUSD that we call Conserving for Our Kids,’” said David Jacot, Director of LADWP Efficiency Solutions. “Through this program, we are upgrading the facilities themselves to be more energy efficient and we are teaching our kids the value and importance of energy and water conservation.”

This kickoff event took place on Dec. 3 at Cienega, and highlighted the partnership with an introduction to the PEAK program and a fun energy-savings assembly for the students. 

“The District is excited about partnering with The Energy Coalition to provide the professional     development and classroom tools to teachers and students,” said Michelle King, Senior Deputy Superintendent of School Operations. “Both support the District’s POWER Challenge and other conservation efforts by educating and inspiring students to save energy.  Reducing energy bills is a Los Angeles Unified goal, so more money can be devoted to classrooms, and to prepare students for future green education and jobs. We look forward to working with The Energy Coalition, and appreciate the support.”
 
Information and resources regarding the POWER Challenge may be found at powerchallenge.laschools.org and at the District’s sustainability website learninggreen.laschools.org
Questions regarding PEAK should be directed to Jamie Dadabhoy@energycoalition.org or visit www.peakstudents.org.