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Step 1 - Make the Commitment


Step OneThe first step of the energy management process establishes support from school district leadership (school board, superintendent, principal) and requires collaboration, communication and participation among key areas of the district including facilities, information technology, faculty, staff and students.

To establish an effective comprehensive Energy Management Program, school districts need to make a commitment to continual improvement by:

  1. Instituting a district-wide Board Approved Energy Policy to garner support from senior administration.
  2. Establishing a Cross-functional Energy Team to spearhead Energy Management Program initiatives.
  3. Developing a Communications Plan to raise awareness about the importance of best energy management practices throughout the school district.
  4. Becoming an ENERGY STAR® Partner to further demonstrate your school district's commitment to energy efficiency.


Step One KEEPS Energy Management Toolkits


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The KEEPS Energy Management Toolkits are self-guided training modules that provide information and resources about the components of the seven-step energy management process. There are four KEEPS Energy Management Toolkits for Step 1 - Make the Commitment. The Step 1 Toolkits include presentations, orientation modules for the facilitator who will give the presentations as well as exercises and handouts to accompany the presentations.


KEEPS Toolkit Thumbnail Toolkit 1A: Develop an Energy Policy

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KEEPS Toolkit Thumbnail Toolkit 1B: Establish an Energy Team

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KEEPS Toolkit Thumbnail Toolkit 1C: Develop a Communications Plan

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KEEPS Toolkit Thumbnail Toolkit 1D: Become an ENERGY STAR® Partner

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