Maine students offered energy efficiency mini grants
Submitted by Beth Otto
Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Maine Energy Education Program (MEEP) are offering student mini grants until April 11, 2011, meant to supplement a student energy efficiency investigation of a school.
Students can apply for money to help to fund their recommendations to save energy. Borrow a toolkit from MEEP to start assessing the energy use of your school!
Last year, 11 student projects were funded in amounts ranging from $100 to $1000. DEP and MEEP focused on projects that would bring energy awareness to other students and promote long-term behavioral changes.
Here's a glimpse into some of last year's projects:
One group of students provided task lighting (desk lamps) for teachers so that overhead lights could be turned off more regularly.
Another group installed energy efficient LED exit signs.
Some students applied weather-stripping around the school with their facility manager.
Other groups purchased timers for their laptop charging stations and occupancy sensors for bathrooms.
One group replaced paper towels with high efficiency (and high visibility) hand dryers.
To apply for a grant, check out our website, and click on the Mini Grants tab:
Students will need to complete the grant proposal, which must be accompanied by a report detailing the analysis leading up to their grant proposal. MEEP is there to help you through the process, so don't hesitate to ask them!
Maine teachers, staff, and students: Call Beth at 207-287-6096 today to get started on your School Energy Efficiency Investigation!