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Energy Pathway

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The United States is home to just 5 percent of the world's population but consumes more than 20 percent of its energy. On average, a person in America uses 10 times more energy than a person in China and nearly 20 times more than a person in India.

U.S. energy needs are met primarily by non-renewable sources including gas, oil, and coal. Access to abundant and inexpensive energy contributes to our high standard of living, but burning large quantities of fossil fuels also has serious environmental and health consequences. These range from smog and acid rain to, most critically, the release of greenhouse gases leading to global climate change.


Why Should Schools Reduce Their Energy Use?

The nation's school districts spend more than $7.5 billion a year on energy. Schools are the largest energy consumer in many municipalities. But up to 30 percent of that energy is used inefficiently or unnecessarily.

By implementing energy-conservation measures and using energy-efficient technologies, schools can significantly cut their energy use. The result is financial savings as well as a reduced environmental impact.

Following the Energy Pathway


Has your school developed a great way to save energy? If so, why not share it with everyone on our Facebook page?

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Green Ribbon Schools

For examples of other activities, check out these suggested actions from the Texas Green Ribbon Schools that align with our pathways.  Activities under the Texas Green Ribbon program can be used for meeting many of the Eco-Schools USA seven step requirements!