DC Public Schools (DCPS) spends over $30 million annually in energy costs with an annual carbon footprint equivalent to the impact of electricity used by 20,000 homes. Students and teachers can do a lot to reduce their school’s energy consumption while learning about energy and sustainability. The Sprint to Savings is one we get them involved and make conservation fun.
For the competition, schools compete against one another to reduce electricity use over a five-week period (compared to each school’s own baseline). Each school will have an online dashboard showing daily electricity consumption and a real time District-wide leaderboard. All DCPS schools are eligible to participate. Prizes will be awarded to schools that reduce their consumption by more than 10 percent with special recognition for the top three schools.
How It Works
Step 1: Sign up. Don’t wait, sign up today!
Step 2: Form a green team. Form a “green team” of students to create and lead the conservation campaign.
Step 3: Planning and information gathering with support from DGS. Identify your school’s saving opportunities. DGS will provide on-site assistance in partnership with volunteer mentors. A dedicated group of volunteer energy experts is available to train school staff leader and teach students about energy conservation through hands-on activities such as energy audits, assemblies, and more.
Step 4: Save, Save, Save. Implement your energy conservation strategy and track your progress on our online competition leaderboard!
- September 9 - October 10: Registration period
- Mid-October: Orientation for staff green team leader and mentors
- December 1 - January 4: Competition! (Hint: The winter break shut down is part of the competition.)