Past Competitions

ReNew Our Schools has inspired K – 12 students across Colorado to become energy leaders in their schools and communities since 2007. Many schools have truly excelled and won significant awards. This year’s competitions have inspired districts to further seek ways to be energy efficient, begun or expanded after-school environmental clubs, and brought an energy-saving outlook home to the families of the students who worked so hard during the competitions. All told, ReNew Our Schools touches as many as 10,000 students and their families per competition!

2016 Competitions

Jefferson County School District, Fall, 2016
Stats coming soon

Thompson School District, Spring, 2016
Stats coming soon

2015 Competitions

Jefferson County School District, Fall, 2015

  • 12 schools competed
  • 3 schools reduced their electricity use by over 10%, on by over 14%
  • Total electricity saved = 40,405 kWh =$4,041 saved in just 20 days of competition!
  • All 12 schools completed a school wide energy audit
  • 11 Environmental Clubs were formed
  • Over 1,800 homes made pledges to reduce their energy use
  • Students got to work with energy professionals who acted as Mentors to the schools.
Congratulations to our winning schools!
  • Campbell Elementary
  • Eiber Elementary
  • Pomona High School
  • Falcon Bluffs Middle School

The participating schools, divided into two groups were:

Group 1

Group 2

Campbell Elementary Bear Creek HS
Eiber Elementary Bell Milddle
Foster Elementary Deer Creek Middle
Patterson Elementary Falcon Bluffs Middle
Secrest Elementary Lakewood HS
Vivian Elementary Pomona HS

Thanks to the professionals that volunteered to mentor these students:

Rachelle Macur Group14 Engineering
Jim Nelson University of Colorado Denver
Ara Massey Hord Coplan Macht
Oscar Rangel Siemens Industry
Ned (Scott) Frank University of Colorado Denver
Ian Clampert Xcel Energy
Eric Wilson National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Jennifer Scheib National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Ashley Brasovan McKinstry
Lee Smit McKinstry
Erik Jeannette Iconergy
Brian Gamet Siemens Industry

 

St. Vrain Valley School District, Spring, 2015

  • 12 schools competed
  • 5 schools reduced their energy use by over 10%, some as high as 19%
  • Total electricity saved = 42,917 kWh =$3, 863 saved in just 19 days of competition!
  • 11 out of the 12 schools completed a school wide energy audit
  • 11 Environmental Clubs were formed
  • Almost 2000 homes made pledges to reduce their energy use
  • Students got to work with energy professionals who acted as Mentors to the schools.
Congratulations to our winning schools!

Elementary Winners:

o TopPerformer: MountainView ($20,000)

o Runner Up: Rocky Mountain ($15,000)

o 2nd Runner Up: Mead Elementary ($10,000)

o 3rd Runner Up: Burlington ($1,000)

Secondary Winners:

o Top Performer: Sunset ($20,000)

o Top Performer: LongsPeak ($20,000)

o 2nd Runner Up: Mead High ($10,000)

o 3rd Runner Up: Erie High ($1,000)

These schools will get to use their winnings to make alternative energy upgrades or energy efficiency improvements to their school buildings. 

The participating schools, divided into two groups were:

Alpine Elementary Erie High
Blue Mountain Elementary Longs Peak Middle
Burlington Elementary Mead High
Mead Elementary Sunset Middle
Mountain View Elementary Thunder Valley K-8
Rocky Mountain Elementary Trail Ridge Middle

The top performing school in each cohort received $20,000 to make energy efficiency changes to their building.

Thanks to the professionals that volunteered to mentor these students:

2014 Competitions

St. Catherine’s of Siena and Presentation of Our Lady

A unique competition took place between two schools in Denver from November 10 – December 13, 2014. Arrupe Jesuit High School granted funds to ReNew Our Schools to run a mini-competition between St. Catherine’s of Siena and Presentation of Our Lady, two K-8 schools in Denver.

The Winning School Received $500 for Energy Retrofits

Congratulations to St. Catherine’s of Siena!

  • 2 schools competed
  • Both schools completed an extensive school audit with assistance from the Arrupe students
  • Both schools created an Environmental Club
  • 292 students were reached in the K-8 schools
  • 5 Energy Professionals acted as Mentors to the students
  • 10 Arrupe students were heavily involved in the mentoring of the K-8 schools
  • Over 20% of each school population submitted a Home Energy Action Form
  • Presentation submitted 20 HEA forms (22%)
  • St. Catherine submitted 44 HEA forms (22.9%)
  • Both schools reduced their energy use by over 10%
  • Presentation of Our Lady reduced its energy use by 14%
  • St. Catherine of Siena reduced its energy use by 15.97%

 

Aurora Public Schools, April 2014

Twelve schools competed in ReNew Our Schools:

  • Aurora Hills Middle
  • Aurora Quest K – 8*
  • Aurora West College Prep
  • Crawford Elementary
  • East Middle
  • Elkhart Elementary*
  • North Middle
  • Side Creek Elementary
  • South Middle*
  • Tollgate Elementary
  • Vista Peak
  • Westview Middle

Winning Schools Receive Energy Retrofits Valued at $25,000 each:

  • Aurora Quest K – 8
  • Elkhart Elementary
  • South Middle

Impact During the Month-long Competition:

  • 12 schools competed
  • 11 of 12 Environmental Clubs started with 2-year commitment
  • 3 schools reduced electricity use by over 20%
  • 5 schools reduced electricity use by 10% or more
  • Over 1,300 households completed the Home Checklist
  • 10 of 12 schools did an extensive school-wide audit
  • $10,000 saved by behavior means only
  • A potential of $12,000 saved by finding programming errors

St. Vrain Valley School District, January 2014
Twelve schools competed in ReNew Our Schools:

  • Burlington Elementary
  • Lyons Middle/High
  • Centennial Elementary
  • Prairie Ridge Elementary*
  • Central Elementary
  • Red Hawk Elementary
  • Eagle Crest Elementary*
  • Thunder Valley K – 8
  • Fall River Elementary
  • Timberline PK – 8
  • Lyons Elementary
  • Westview Middle*

Winning Schools Receive Energy Retrofits Valued at $25,000 each:

  • Prairie Ridge Elementary
  • Eagle Crest Elementary
  • Westview Middle

Impact Occurring During the Month-long Competition:

  • 12 schools competed
  • 32,000 kwh saved at the meter
  • 700 households filled out the Home Checklist
  • 6,000 students reached
  • 8 Environmental Clubs created
  • 3 schools received $25,000 in sustainability prizes
  • $3,200 in savings due to behavior changes in one month

 

2013 Competition

St. Vrain Valley School District, Spring, 2013

Winning schools ($25,000 each):

  • Erie Elementary
  • Sunset Middle
  • Erie High

14 schools competed (over 9,900 students!)

78,000 kWh saved at the schools in the 2-month competition

1,800 households participated in behavioral conservation measures

8,900 kWh of potential savings for suggested improvements to the schools

3 winning schools were awarded prize money to make energy efficiency retrofits to their schools, such as adding a solar array or solar tubes, or switching to more efficient lighting

14 permanent real-time energy monitors installed in competing schools

2011 Competition

Boulder Valley School District and St. Vrain Valley School District, November – December, 2011

Winning schools ($25,000 prize):

  • Summit Middle http://BVSDSummit.egaug.es/ and watch: Summit’s video
  • Erie High
  • Horizons K – 8

Winners of an eGauge energy Monitor:

  • Fairview High
  • Coal Ridge Middle

2010 Competition

Boulder Valley School District, 2010

Winning Schools ($25,000 solar array):

  • Fireside Elementary: Watch Fireside Elementary ‘Flip the Switch’ video This video shows the assembly as the school launches their solar program.
  • Flatirons Elementary
  • Monarch K – 8