The Sustainable Schools Program (SSP) is a pilot market transformation program offered at no cost to private and public schools in the CenterPoint Energy, Inc. electric distribution service territory.
The goal is to raise awareness and change behavior in both students and staff, which provides a positive impact on the environment. For select schools, it also provides an in-depth investigation of the school which provides recommendations for operational and maintenance improvements.
Services and Materials Provided
Schools enrolling in the program receive assistance in promoting environmentally conscious behavior in the staff and students, resulting in energy savings at the schools and in the student’s homes. These services and materials include:
- Educational materials and activities
- Teacher training and guidance
- Additional resources for lessons and activities
- School energy audit kit for student audits
- On-going support for school staff
- Promoting program accomplishments in the community
For more information, please email our program contact at SustainableSchools@CenterPointEnergy.com
The Sustainable Schools Program offers many benefits to its participants, including:
- No financial obligation
- Energy savings and monthly energy cost savings
- Educating and empowering students
- Energy audit equipment and training for students
- Publicity for the schools’ accomplishments in the program
Private and public high schools within the CenterPoint Energy electric service territory are eligible to apply for the Sustainable Schools Program. Participation is limited, and priority will be given to schools demonstrating an interest in supporting and promoting the program. Schools receiving an in-depth energy assessment will be pre-screened for potential energy savings.
Select schools will receive an in-depth energy assessment targeting low cost operational and maintenance type energy conservation measures (ECMs). The program pays incentives for implementation of the recommended ECMs, focusing on measures that reduce peak electricity demand. The peak demand period is between 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, from June until September. Incentives are paid after the ECMs have been installed and the savings verified. Schools can earn up to $5,000 for achieved energy and demand reductions.
Program enrollment is limited, so please contact us immediately for more information. Customer inquiry form is available for download in the section below, and may be submitted to the program email or directly to the CenterPoint or Willdan program manager.
Additional Program Information
For teachers participating in the Sustainable School Program, additional program resources will be available for download. Please contact the Program Manager for the access information.