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Cool Schools Pilot Program

  • Six Oregon school districts to share $400,000 in grant funds
    Six Oregon school districts will be moving forward with energy efficiency upgrades in 2015 thanks to $400,000 in grant funding from the Oregon Department of Energy. Those districts include Blachly, Dufur, Mapleton, John Day, La Grande and Medford. “School districts across Oregon are looking for ways to reduce energy while improving classroom learning environments,” said Michael Kaplan, ODOE director. “These grants will help schools implement cost-effective projects that deliver benefits to students, educators, and districts’ bottom lines for years to come.” To lean more, please go here.
  • Oregon PUDs helping Oregon schools
    Consumer-owned utilities work with their local school districts to help them find energy savings, reduce their energy costs and put more money back in the classroom. Oregon’s People’s Utility Districts have been providing school districts with technical assistance, programs and services for more than 12 years. Cost-effective energy efficiency makes good business sense for the schools as well as the PUDs. To find out more about the PUDs’ efforts with their local schools – including project costs, efficiency captured and energy saved – please go here.
  • Milton-Freewater School District: Loan helps cool schools
    (From OPB and East Oregonian) When the air conditioning system at Ferndale Elementary School in Milton-Freewater gave out in Spring 2011, students spent the remaining school year and part of the next in sweltering classrooms. In a tough spot, the Milton-Freewater School Board turned to the Oregon Department of Energy for a loan to improve energy efficiency. To read more, please go here.
  • Klamath Falls City Schools: Some very Cool Schools
    In less than a year, Klamath Falls City Schools completed 48 energy efficiency improvements to all 11 of its district buildings, many of which were constructed before 1930. The district took out a SELP loan processed through Oregon’s Cool Schools Initiative. While most of the district’s facilities were too cold for a number of reasons, one elementary school – heated with geothermal energy – was actually too warm! District officials say the energy savings will cover the cost of the loan. The savings in energy will allow it to pay back the $400,000 loan within 10 years.
Cool Schools Completed Projects
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  • For more information: Please call 503-378-4040 or 1-800-221-8035 and ask for Cool Schools, or send an email to: Cool.Schools@state.or.us