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Lt. Governor Lawton's Energy Star School Challenge
Wednesday, April 21, 2010

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100 school districts.  10% more efficiency.  1 year.

“Some Wisconsin school districts have already taken the lead in energy efficiency, reducing their carbon footprint and redirecting money not spent on energy to the classroom.  I challenge 100 Wisconsin school districts to repeat their success, to commit to improve each district’s energy efficiency by 10 percent.” Lt. Governor Barbara Lawton


According to the Environment Protection Agency, U.S. schools currently spend $6 billion a year on energy costs, more than they spend on textbooks and computers combined.  Inefficient technologies and building design rob them of an average of twenty percent of that energy purchased.  With energy costs high and rising, and sure losses due to the inefficiencies of Wisconsin’s aging building stock, the Energy Star Partner program offers school districts an easy way to begin to change operations and habits, and lower their energy costs in the process.


Lt. Governor Lawton met her goal to enroll 100 new Wisconsin school districts in her Energy Star School Challenge within one year.  


Upon hitting her target, Lawton positioned Wisconsin as the nation’s leader in school energy conservation with this program.  Lawton announced that Wisconsin boasts more school district Energy Star Partners than any other state -- 113 of 504 in fact, or 22 percent of all school districts and K-12 associations enrolled nationwide. 


By joining the Energy Star School Challenge, districts agree to:

  1. Make a commitment to improve energy efficiency by 10 percent or more.
  2. Measure and track the energy performance of their facilities where possible.  Tools are available through the Energy Star program at no cost.
  3. Develop and implement a plan consistent with the Energy Star Energy Management Guidelines to achieve energy savings.
  4. Educate staff and community members about energy efficiency.

School Districts will be provided:

* Start-up and measurement tools and technical assistance, online trainings, strategic advice, new construction advice/guidelines, building upgrade manual, portfolio manager, target finder, service and product and program directory, calculators for upgrade and financial value and for cash flow, financing options, behavioral change suggestions, “quick payback” projects and  a contact person from the Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

* Testimonial from current Wisconsin energy managers on their first steps, including advice on both behavioral and structural changes.


School Districts can accept the challenge by filing out this application and mailing it in. 


List of Participating Wisconsin School Districts in the Lt. Governor’s Challenge


Click here for additional resources for school districts

Read Testimonial and Advice from Wisconsin Energy Managers. Read local expert advice to help to you in achieving your energy performance goals. 


News on the Lt. Governor's Energy Star School Challenge:

Click here for recent news on the Lt. Governor's Challenge

From the Appleton Post-Crescent:  "Thumbs Up: Kudos to the Appleton Area School District for joining the state's energy conservation program. The district accepted Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton's Energy Star School Challenge, a commitment to reduce energy consumption by 10 percent. During a time when businesses, educators and individuals are trying to do their part to improve energy efficiency, save money and hopefully the Earth a little in the process, it's notable that AASD chose to be a part of this initiative."

Sign Up Today:


If you are interested or want to learn more please call the Office of the Lt. Governor and ask for Jim Rosenberg at 608-266-3516 or email