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Energy Pathway Sample Action Plan

Learning Objectives

  • To interpret data from the energy audit
  • To evaluate needs arising from the audit data
  • To provide realistic solutions to these needs
  • To cooperate effectively as a group

Curriculum Link

  • English
  • Science
  • Geography
  • Citizenship

Eco-Schools USA Pathways

  • Energy
  • Climate Change

Preparation

Before completing your action plan, you should carry out an energy audit.

Creating the Action Plan

1. Energy audit review

  • Using the data from your audit, identify the places where energy is not being used efficiently.

2. Group brainstorming

  • In small groups, brainstorm solutions to these energy issues. Groups can be assigned specific issues to address. Alternatively, all groups can be assigned the same prominent issues to achieve a greater variety of interesting solutions.
  • As a team, discuss and agree on the most effective solutions.
  • Compile these solutions into a final action plan. See a sample energy action plan (PDF), and access a blank action plan (Word document).
  • Assign tasks to appropriate individuals within the team and across the school. Agree on realistic time frames in which tasks should be completed.

3. Execution of tasks

  • Set aside time for students to carry out the activities they have assigned themselves and to notify other staff and students of the responsibilities assigned to them.
  • Provide training to staff and students on implementing the energy conservation campaign.
  • Set-up the school for success. For example, place stickers or signs near light switches and electronics to remind students and teachers to switch them off when not needed.

Follow Up

Set a review date to revisit your action plan as a group. Analyze how far you have come and identify what else you can do.

  • Schedule a follow-up energy audit after a few months to measure the effectiveness of your scheme.

Extension Ideas

  • Add a section on energy conservation to your school's website.
  • In regular assemblies, share results, achievements and development plans for the future.
  • Prepare a school notice board showing graphs of results and achievements.
  • Involve the local press and radio to let everyone know about the school's energy conservation scheme.
  • Team up with another school in the area to share ideas.
  • Have students develop a database with the help of spreadsheet software to record information, draw graphs and analyze the data

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