Energy Efficient Schools Highlighted at Clinton Global Initiative Meeting

NWF, Serious Materials and Jayni Chase Join Forces for the Future

09-21-2010 // Amanda Cooke
Painted Schoolyard

What do you get when the nation’s largest conservation organization joins forces with an energy efficient building materials company, and a prominent leader in sustainable school programs?

The Energy Efficient Schools Initiative is the result of the combined expertise of National Wildlife Federation, Serious Materials, and Jayni Chase. The new commitment to action developed by these three entities was featured at the 2010 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting in New York City.

The Energy Efficient Schools Initiative is a comprehensive strategy aimed to reduce barriers for implementing energy efficiency in America’s schools. The solution is through building retrofits and hands-on application of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by students.

Students in the program will produce energy models, decide on alternatives and savings, learn about conservation and efficient technologies, and develop skills to meet the needs of the emerging clean energy economy.

The Energy Efficient Schools Initiative commitment addresses three problems:
  • Climate change and carbon-based energy consumption
  • Declining STEM education in American schools
  • Declining human capital and locus of control–an individual’s desire to make a difference and
    feel that their actions matter

President Barack Obama’s administration deems bettering education a national priority that needs to be tackled with attention paid to developing the clean energy economy as a whole.  “Our nation’s economic competitiveness and the path to the American Dream depend on providing every child with an education that will enable them to succeed in a global economy that is predicated on knowledge and innovation,” according to the White House education website.
Kevin Surace, CEO of Serious Materials and Jayni Chase, Green Community Schools founder and author, met at the 2009 CGI Annual Meeting. Surace and Chase subsequently engaged NWF because of its 75 year history and reputation in science-based environmental education and civic engagement.

Additional Information
  • Follow the CGI 2010 conversation on Twitter - check out hashtag #cgi2010
  • Read the Energy Efficient Schools Initiative press release
  • By visiting, you can learn more about how to green your school inside, outside and throughout the curriculum with NWF's Eco-Schools USA program!

About the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) convenes global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges. Since 2005, CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 125 current and former heads of state, 15 Nobel Peace Prize laureates, hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations, major philanthropists, directors of the most effective nongovernmental organizations, and prominent members of the media. These CGI members have made more than 1,700 commitments valued at $57 billion, which have already improved the lives of 220 million people in more than 170 countries. The CGI community also includes CGI University (CGI U), a forum to engage college students in global citizenship,, an online portal where anybody can make a Commitment to Action, and CGI Lead, which engages a select group of young leaders from business, government, and civil society. For more information, visit