ERIC Number: ED343229
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Bright Ideas: A Total Resource Management Guide for Schools.
Cornwall, Bonnie J.
Reducing school energy costs can increase the discretionary dollars available in the school budget. The first part of this guide introduces the key elements of an effective energy management program. Through an evaluation of nearly 150 California school district programs and a detailed review of 22 exemplary programs, the 12 following elements emerged as crucial to making programs successful: (1) organize energy data; (2) build school board and top level administrative support; (3) cultivate maintenance and operations support; (4) support "idea champions" at all levels; (5) set yearly goals; (6) appoint an energy coordinator; (7) conduct an energy survey or audit; (8) provide training for all staff; (9) integrate energy education with energy management to involve teachers and students; (10) provide incentives and recognition; (11) develop district and school energy teams; and (12) make the program visible. The second part of the guide presents a school energy program as seen from the perspective of the following key players: school board, district administration, site administrators, facilities and service staff, teachers, and the community. Appended is a worksheet divided into energy team member sections with questions that refer to the key elements of a successful energy program. (MLF)
Descriptors: Administrator Guides, Change Strategies, Cost Effectiveness, Databases, Elementary Secondary Education, Energy Audits, Energy Conservation, Energy Education, Energy Management, Incentives, Inservice Education, Interpersonal Relationship, Leadership, Program Implementation, Recognition (Achievement), Resource Allocation, School Districts, Teamwork
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: California Energy Extension Service, Sacramento.