How Low Can You Go Challenge? Energy Efficiency

Category: 
Community Based

This initiative challenges schools to find innovative ways to reduce energy consumption at each campus. Partnering with the Miami Heat, schools were challenged to reduce their environmental impact. The initiative raises environmental awareness of the effects on the environment of CO2 emissions, as well as educating the facilities to potential financial savings through responsible energy consumption. Schools participate in a three month challenge where they launch a campaign to reduce the schools KWH usage. Schools are rewarded with incentives for “Going Low”.

We expanded the How Low Challenge to Dade County Public Schools and the schools have a partnership with the organization called Dream in Green. They are bringing approx.92 schools to the challenge this year. Palm Beach Schools are also participating in the How Low Can You Go Challenge.

How Low Can You Go?

Goals: 
  • 200+ schools participate in the 2016 How Low Can You Go Challenge
  • Total Cost savings for the districts - $300,587+ *Total KWH reduced for 3 months-2,501,957
  • People Impacted -100,000+(faculty,staff,students,facilities and communities)
  • Reduce 3,803,474lbs. greenhouse gas emissions (CO2)
 

"Little things can make a big difference and if we all make small changes at home and at school we can cause a big change in the world. So unplug it and turn it off."

Christian Noogodula- Driftwood Middle School 14 years

High Level Impact: 

The How Low Can You Go Challenge was recognized as a high profile project by the White House and the EPA for President Obama's Climate Plan.Through education and our partnership with the Miami Heat we have inspired many people to change their behavior and become aware of of the small changes we can do everyday of our lives and by reducing their environ,mental footprint.

Not only by raising awareness of the effects of CO2 emissions but also educating the facilities on potential financial savings through responsible energy consumption. Curtailing wasteful spending on unnecessary energy consumption has the added benefit of allowing schools to allocate those saved dollars to under-funded programs.

 
Point of Contact: 

Primary/Elementary, Middle School, High School