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February 21, 2023 School Board Meeting
U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Class Prize Submission
Meeting Date(s)
Consent w/o Information - 02/21/2023
Consent Type
Without Information

The Energy Class Prize, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, is focused on building staff capacity within local educational agencies to identify and implement energy and health improvements in their facilities and classrooms. The Energy Class Prize provides resources to staff and will "train personnel on operations and maintenance, strategic energy management, project development, funding pathways and related topics." 

The Energy Class Prize awards $100,000 to up to 25 local education agencies "who demonstrate a need for and commitment to staff capacity building." In addition, each agency will be invited to participate in 80-160 hours of virtual training and 60-80 hours of coaching. 

Facilities Services has a core group of professionals that would benefit from more advanced energy management training. The goal is to refocus some of their work on best practices to reduce energy consumption, reduce costs and improve the health of the District's school buildings. Conceptually, Facilities Services would share training opportunities with Financial Services, Food Services, Transportation and Leading & Learning to broaden the depth and breadth of energy management knowledge, skills and abilities across functional boundaries. 

The School Board approved the recent submission of a grant application to the U.S. Department of Energy for approximately $15 million for replicable energy-improvement demonstration projects at three schools. The Energy Class Prize, if awarded, will complement the capital improvement grant by building cross-functional capacity that can focus on reducing energy costs through energy management best practices. 

The application period closes February 28, 2023 with winners notified in April.

Additional information is available via Energy Class Prize 



Approve submission of a an application to the Energy Class Prize program for building District staff capacity regarding energy management.

Authority for Action
F.S. 1001.42
Involves Expenditure of Funds Directly in the Classroom
Source of Funding

Agenda Item will not Require the Expenditure of Funds
Financial Impact
FY Amount Budgeted Fund Cost Center Project Function Object Program
Legal Counsel Review
Susan Hann, P.E., Assistant Superintendent Facilities Services 633-1000 ext. 11446

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