Perspectives from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge: Achieving Energy Efficiency and Cost Savings


School districts across the country often support a range of community needs beyond the typical school day, all while balancing competing priorities for resources. Investing in energy efficiency in K-12 schools presents a significant opportunity for districts to achieve energy and cost savings that enables students to learn in healthy environments while also supporting critical community functions. Join the U.S. Department of Energy and representatives from the Better Buildings Challenge as they present high-impact materials and share creative solutions to help school districts plan, finance, and ultimately achieve their unique energy goals. Participants will also hear from the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council about additional resources for supporting school energy efficiency, including a review of recent federal funding opportunities.

Learning Objectives:

Objective 1: Understand how to use the U.S. Department of Energy’s tools and resources as a basis for project decisions in K-12 schools.

Objective 2: Explore common barriers to energy efficiency within the K-12 School sector and how to apply innovative solutions to achieve savings and promote success.

Objective 3: Learn about the Better Buildings Challenge and the 26 K-12 school districts that have partnered with DOE, committing to a 20 percent reduction in energy use intensity over ten years across their building portfolio.

Objective 4: Review resources developed by the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council and national NGOs to support additional school efficiency upgrades.


Nate Allen, Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs Office, U.S. Department of Energy

Erik Lueders, Sustainability & Purchasing Director, Parkway School District, Missouri

Anisa Heming, Director, Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council

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Prerequisites/Advanced Preparation:

SFO Domain(s):

Management of School Facilities

Credits: 1 SFO

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