Capstone/Dissertation Title

Energy conservation awareness: an examination of two school districts

Term

2007

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

This Capstone Project discusses energy use in schools, specifically whether the presence or absence of a district wide energy plan offers insights as to the role of energy conservation within and among district stakeholders. The study began as an effort to determine factors that prompted the adoption of, or failure to adopt an energy plan in two school districts of similar size and makeup. Because schools are faced with limited budgets, aging facilities and growing heating and cooling expenses, energy plans allow a means by which to save money by reducing costs. Representatives from the two districts participated in interviews and provided documents for analysis. Despite unanticipated findings, the study confirmed the presence and importance of energy conservation practices in both of the districts, as well as a need for higher levels of community and government awareness of and involvement in conservation efforts.

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