NYSERDA Resources for P-12 Schools

This collection of resources provides information to help your school achieve its clean energy goals. These resources include everything from understanding your school’s sustainability rating to implementing clean energy projects, as well as additional event, funding, and recognition opportunities available to schools across NYS.

Getting Started: Understanding a School’s Sustainability Rating

Before jumping into capital improvements, it’s important to understand how your energy is being used. Establishing an energy baseline will help you understand existing school energy conditions, which can then be used to manage changing school energy needs. The tools below may help schools to more easily realize and evaluate their energy usage before undergoing major changes.

Project Planning: How to Build Green and Healthy Buildings

It’s equally important to design a building to achieve high performance and a healthy environment. The tools below may help to design a school to maximize on energy efficient and sustainable systems.

Solar Energy: Is Your School Suitable for Solar?

Working with K-Solar helps you discover if the power of the sun is right for your school. Tapping into solar sets a great example for your students and the community. Visit NYPA's K-Solar page Link opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. to find out more.

Financial Assistance: Help Finance Your Clean Energy Project with Non-NYSERDA Funding

Energy Efficiency Utility Rebates
Has your school recently pursued a clean energy project (e.g. boiler upgrade, LED project, VFD installation, etc.) and is looking to offset the costs utilizing a utility incentive? The links below will connect your school with your utility company.

Energize NY PACE Financing
Energize NY leverages PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) financing to provide low cost, long-term loans that fund clean energy projects in commercial and non-profit properties. Financing is available for up to 100% of project costs with loan terms up to 20 years. The link below will provide more information and whether you qualify.

Recognition Resources: Looking for Recognition for Your Clean Energy and Sustainability Projects?

Is your school interested in receiving recognition for your clean energy and sustainability projects?

Event Resources: Interested in participating in clean energy events?

These organizations coordinate student, teacher, and administrative sustainability leadership development programs, summits, and conferences across the State and the nation.

Classroom Resources: Powerful Tools for Teachers

Today’s students are tomorrow’s inventors and problem solvers. Inspire and educate those students about why clean energy is good for New Yorkers and the environment. Help them uncover the science and technology associated with solar energy.

Educators can use the following lessons about solar power in classrooms for grades 4-12 and other learning settings. The lessons complement K-Solar, which is a program under the NY-Sun initiative that brings solar power to schools across New York State. The lessons are grouped by suggested grade level.