Resources for Oregon Schools

Are you looking for cost-effective ways to reduce energy costs at your school? Do you need tools to engage students and families in learning about energy efficiency and renewable power? Energy Trust of Oregon has classroom resources for teachers and students, as well as solutions to help administrators begin increasing the energy efficiency of school buildings. In addition to energy cost savings, energy efficiency can help you reduce operating costs and extend your equipment life while creating healthier, more comfortable learning and work environments.

Funding for efficiency and renewable energy

Energy Trust has been helping Oregon public and private schools invest in energy efficiency and renewable power since 2004. Along with the Oregon Department of Energy, we can provide technical assistance, comprehensive energy assessments and cash incentives to help offset the cost of qualified energy-efficiency and renewable energy projects at schools.

Oregon public school districts can tap into low-cost financing through the Cool Schools initiative and other incentives available through the Oregon Department of Energy, Energy Trust and Oregon's consumer-owned electric utilities and Idaho Power. More information is available on the Cool Schools website.

Private schools in Oregon served by Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, NW Natural and Cascade Natural Gas may be eligible for Energy Trust cash incentives, as well as Washington State private and public schools served by NW Natural.

From 2002-2012, Energy Trust has invested approximately $5.5 million in energy-efficiency projects at more than 1,200 public and private K-12 schools and school facilities in Oregon. We have also provided more than $1.6 million in funding for solar electric and small wind energy systems at nearly 40 schools. In total, schools have saved and generated nearly 22 million kWh and saved more than 1.2 million therms—enough energy to power 2,000 average Oregon homes and heat another 2,500 homes for a year.

These projects helped Oregon schools save more than $2.5 million on energy bills in 2012, freeing up dollars for the classroom.

Energy Education in Schools

Energy Trust is working with Community Action Partnership of Oregon to deliver energy education to fifth-grade students in Oregon schools served by Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, NW Natural and Cascade Natural Gas. The curriculum, delivered in class by energy educators, helps students understand and appreciate the value of energy conservation and includes a homework assignment, the Home Energy Quest. Students receive information to share with their families about Energy Trust services and can order a home Energy Saver Kit at no charge online or over the phone.

If your child has completed the home energy quest, order your free Energy Saver Kit now.

Teaching tools and other resources

Energy Trust provides the following resources* to engage students and families in learning about energy efficiency and sustainable energy choices: