This week kicks off the Renew Our Schools energy challenge among Wisconsin schools. Throughout this six-week course, students and staff will compete in a series of behavioral actions designed to educate responsible energy use at school and home. Each school enrolled in the challenge will monitor their building’s energy use by using an electricity monitor called an eGauge.
What does this challenge entail?
Schools start off the challenge by forming a team of students and staff from different grade levels. Each team will coordinate how to disperse challenge updates and announcements. They will also tap into their creativity by designing promotional signs to showcase energy-saving behaviors. Building and grounds professionals are also encouraged to participate since they are knowledgeable on building components.
Once the team is assembled, each school will conduct a building-wide audit of at least 20 classrooms. As students explore each space, they are encouraged to critically examine areas that may be over lit, have extreme temperature differences, or have any electronic devices left on. Schools are given tools during the assessment to track and measure energy use, including:
Once each school completes the audit, they can move on to developing three goals to focus on throughout the challenge. The goals should be measurable, focused on reducing energy, and engage fellow students and staff members.
Once these goals are established, the team can complete lessons, submit dashboard engagement journal entries, and earn cash prizes by competing in additional mini-challenges throughout the six weeks.
Schools participating in the Spring 2023 challenge include:
Follow along with each school's success on the Focus on Energy and KEEP Facebook pages:
If your school wants to learn more about Renew Our Schools, visit focusonenergy.com/renewourschools and fill out an interest form. Applications are currently being accepted for the Fall competition scheduled for October 12 to November 10, 2023.