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ERIC Number: ED511658
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
EnergySmart Schools National Financing Roundtable--Key Outcomes
US Department of Energy
As a follow-up to the release of its "Guide to Financing EnergySmart Schools", the U.S. Department of Energy's EnergySmart Schools program hosted the National Financing Roundtable on February 5, 2009. This event was held prior to the seventh Annual High Performance Schools Symposium, hosted by the Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI) on February 6-7, 2009 in Tampa, Florida. The purpose of the National Financing Roundtable was to bring together individuals with diverse knowledge of school building projects to discuss financing issues and options that build upon those described in the "Guide to Financing EnergySmart Schools." This document summarizes the discussion that took place during the roundtable. It provides an overview of the financing opportunities, challenges, and activities involved in achieving high-performance schools, as identified by the participants. The discussion has been organized into five key outcomes: (1) Identify creative funding mechanisms and low-cost or no-cost projects to help achieve energy efficiency in schools. Energy efficiency can be reached through small efforts when funding is limited as well as through large investments when funding is available; (2) Recognize that energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs) are solutions that require a strong partnership with an energy service company (ESCO), a clear understanding of the cost avoidance (savings) guarantee language, and annual measurement and verification (M&V); (3) Become better-educated and more aware decision makers in relation to energy-efficiency projects by discussing all financial and technical issues with stakeholders. Learn to reorganize the current district-level budgetary system to better recognize and account for savings from energy-efficiency measures; (4) Encourage and gain community, teacher, and student involvement in and support about energy-efficiency projects. This will increase awareness about these issues, pressure legislators to provide funding, and start a culture of social responsibility; and (5) Create clear policies at federal and state levels to provide quick incentives to districts investing in energy-efficiency projects.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: US Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy