Zero Energy Schools

Zero Energy Schools

Given these opportunities, K-12 schools are a good choice for accelerating the market transformation to zero energy construction. They also have good replication potential, strong stakeholder involvement, prominence in their communities and offer a unique opportunity to educate and shape the views of a new generation. On average, zero energy schools can use between 65-80% less energy than conventionally constructed schools and the remaining energy required is supplied by renewable energy. In addition to the cost savings from reduced energy usage that can be realized from Zero Energy construction, this approach can also, help prevent greenhouse gas emissions and improve the students’ learning environment.

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Fact Sheet

The Zero Energy Schools Accelerator aims to make Zero Energy K-12 schools mainstream, while enhancing the educational environment for our nation’s students.

Partnership Agreements

Implementing partners will collaborate with DOE to demonstrate successful models for zero energy schools design and construction and will prepare a road map to outline key zero energy design parameters and address key barriers to achieving zero energy within one year of joining.
National partners will collaborate with DOE to promote successful models for zero energy schools design and construction and will work to encourage future new zero energy k-12 construction.

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Partners

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Adams 12 - Five Star Schools
Arlington County School District
Association for Learning Environments
Boulder Valley School District
Department of Education
Douglas County School District, CO
Hermosa Beach City School District
National Association of State Energy Officials
National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project
New Buildings Institute
Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP)
Rocky Mountain Institute
State of California
The Energy Coalition

Location

Arizona

Association for Learning Environments

California

Hermosa Beach City School District
The Energy Coalition

Colorado

Boulder Valley School District
Douglas County School District, CO
Rocky Mountain Institute

District Of Columbia

Department of Education

Massachusetts

Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP)

Oregon

New Buildings Institute

Virginia

Arlington County School District
National Association of State Energy Officials
National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project