The Colorado Energy Office (CEO) is a proud supporter of the ReNew Our Schools (RNOS) program, an energy conservation competition where students compete to win $20,000 in energy retrofits for their school. This current competition is being held in the St. Vrain Valley School District for the upcoming 2014 spring school year. CEO is providing energy mentoring to Lyons High School/Middle School, Lyons Elementary, Prairie Ridge Elementary, Centennial Elementary and Thunder Valley K-8.
Since its inception in 2007, CEO has been a proud supporter in the program, which is administered by the Center for Resource Conservation.
Through active engagement in real-world energy concepts, hands on mentoring from local energy experts, and a fierce drive to save energy at school and at home, students are empowered to become leaders in their school community. The impact of the program extends to the teachers, administration, parents, community, and facility managers, as students campaign for energy conservation in the schools through art posters, videos, energy lesson plans, eco clubs, school energy audits and home energy audits.
Over the month long competition, CEO supported schools had 2,232 students participate, saved 13,541 kWh, and reduced their energy usage on average 6.5%. The competition has a lasting impact, as schools reap the benefits of retrofit projects and conservation measures and impassioned students armed with knowledge; continue to spread energy literacy around their community.