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Can we save our school money while saving the planet?

Energy is expensive. Plus, using too much energy is bad for the planet. In this project, students will conduct an energy audit of their school to help the planet—and their school’s pocketbook. Then, they will design, test, refine, and share solutions to reduce energy consumption. Finally, students will pitch the costs and benefits of their solutions to stakeholders.

Imagine if thousands of kids just like yours, all around the country, started making smart choices about energy consumption and shared that knowledge with others. What an impact this would have on sustainability!

Real-World Connections

Blue Apple Projects provides opportunities for you to “bring the world to your students” by connecting you with industry experts as well as ways to “bring your students to the world” by giving them access to an authentic audience.

Bring the World to Your Students

  • Learn from an Architect
    Lesson 1: Watch a video from architects Ben Franceschi and Megan Feenstra Wall from Mathison Architecture as they discuss ways to promote energy efficiency.

  • Lessons from an Energy Auditor
    Lesson 5: Have your students connect with professional energy auditors willing to answer their questions and to discuss common fixes they recommend to schools and businesses.

  • Connect with an Energy Provider
    Lesson 6: Connect with your local energy provider to ask them about ways to help improve energy efficiency at your school.

Bring Your Students to the World

  • Pitch the Principal
    Lesson 8: Have students share their Action Plan with the principal or other stakeholder in the school to encourage them to be active citizens of their school community. 

  • Take it to the Capitol
    Lesson 8: Share your findings with legislators to argue in favor of funding energy efficiency changes with positive returns on investment.

  • Be Talk Show Worthy!
    Lesson 8: Help your students spread their enthusiasm by pitching a segment to a popular talk show using the submission links for multiple shows we provide.

  • Meet the Press
    Lesson 8: Send a press release to your local media outlets to share with your community how your class is making the world a better place. (New to press releases? Don’t worry-we also provide you with a template and tips on how to submit a press release!)

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