2008 AASA Energy Summit Toolkit

Provides practical solutions to help school leaders address the energy challenges they face in their districts, with materials adapted from the 2008 AASA Energy Summit.

This toolkit, developed exclusively for AASA members, contains materials adapted from the 2008 AASA Energy Summit, a meeting of AASA members, industry representatives and architectural visionaries, held Oct. 23-25, in Washington, D.C. The summit examined issues surrounding the current energy crisis and actionable steps school system leaders can take to address the energy challenges they face in their districts.

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Introduction to the Toolkit (PDF)
From AASA Executive Director Dan Domenech and AASA President Randy Collins

Executive Summary (Word)
An overview of the sessions presented at the 2008 AASA Energy Summit, including contact information for each presenter

Top 10 Things I Learned at the 2008 AASA Energy Summit (Word)
By AASA President-Elect Mark Bielang

First-Hand Solutions: Dealing With the Energy Crisis
Presented by Rudy Flores, Tucson, Ariz., Unified School District; Richard Scherza, Cranston, R.I., School Department; William Mutscheller, Fairfax County, Va., Public Schools; and Chuck Woodruff, AASA

  • Overview (Word)

Financing Energy Efficiency in Schools
Presented by Margo Appel, EnergySmart Schools, U.S. Department of Energy

  • Remarks (Word)
  • Presentation (PowerPoint)

Technology Alternatives to Face-to-Face Meetings
Presented by Patrick Leonard, Comotiv

  • Introduction to Comotiv 5.0 (PDF)

Achieving Savings Through Consolidation
Presented by Robert Cordova, Fairfax County, Va., Public Schools, and John Gibb, Jones Lang Lasalle

  • Presentation (PowerPoint)

Update From Capitol Hill
Presented by Jessica Maher, Office of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.); Rachel Gutter, U.S. Green Building Council; John Cohen, URS Corp.; and Noelle Ellerson, AASA policy analyst

  • Overview (Word)
  • Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007:
    • Section 471: Energy Sustainability and Efficiency Grants and Loans for Institutions (PDF)
    • Section 541: Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants (PDF)

Now What? Communication Secrets You Can Use To Tackle the Energy Challenge
Presented by Meg Carnes, Porterfield & Carnes Communications

  • Overview (Word)
  • Presentation (PDF)
  • Communication Template (PDF)

How To Keep Your Budget in the Classroom: Energy-Savings Opportunities
Presented by Brian Lott, ARAMARK Education; Larry Allen, Amerex Energy Services; and Robert Schoch, Council Rock School District, Bucks County, Pa.

  • Presentation (PowerPoint)

Diesel Fuel and Energy Price-Management Opportunities
Presented by Jeff Clark, Summit Energy Services

  • Presentation (PowerPoint)

Green Schools: Issues, Opportunities and Results
Presented by John M. Weekes, Dull Olson Weekes Architects Inc.

  • Presentation Part I (PDF)
  • Presentation Part II (PDF)

Acknowledgement (PDF)

Download the entire toolkit as a PDF.

Other Resources
Presenters from school districts, industry and government recommended these resources: