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Apply now for Energy CLASS Prize

Applications are now being accepted for the Energy CLASS (Champions Leading the Advancement of Sustainable Schools) Prize, which supports local education agencies in helping to establish and train energy managers to identify, plan and implement efficiency and health upgrades in schools. 

Districts have until Feb. 28 to apply at https://www.herox.com/energy-class. For more information, please check out the Energy CLASS Prize Informational Webinar recording and follow the Energy CLASS Prize on HeroX.com for all prize-related updates. 

The two-phased Energy CLASS Prize, totaling $4.5 million in awards, provides up to 25 LEAs with the resources to staff and train select administration and facilities personnel as energy managers. Energy managers trained under this prize will learn how to identify, plan and implement critical upgrades in school facilities, so that students can learn in comfortable and healthy classrooms. 

Phase 1 – Application  

LEAs will submit their statement of need and letters of support, demonstrate their commitment to making building energy upgrades, and identify staff to participate in the program. Up to 25 LEAs will each receive $100,000 in cash prizes to support participation in training over a 12-month period during Phase 2. 

Phase 2 – Skills Development & Coaching 

Phase 1 participants will be invited to take part in 80–160 hours of online educational courses delivered by training professionals. In addition to DOE-funded trainings, teams will receive one-on-one support and coaching pertaining to building upgrades associated with the specific LEA district. 

At the conclusion of Phase 2, participants will submit a progress report on actions identified or taken and a plan for future building upgrades for a chance to win a $50,000 bonus prize.  

Posted: Jan 12, 2023,
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Author: Ann Bush

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