Tailored Incentives for Energy Consumption Influencers in the K-12 Market:
The Natural and Renewable Resources Team at Aurora Public Schools (APS) is committed to the proliferation of timely and accurate natural resource cost and consumption information (i.e. electricity, natural gas, water, and landfill and recycling waste,) and empowering building occupants to remedy inefficiencies. APS has embodied principles spawned through its participation in a February, 2014 ReNew Our Schools grant into its own comprehensive sustainable Green Stars Incentive Program, the proceeds of which stem largely from voluntary conservation efforts driven by each school’s empowered student groups. Leveraging readily accessible and easy to understand cloud-based consumption metrics, nearly 1,000 conservation-minded APS students have been credited with the delivery of nearly $80,000 in cash incentives awarded over the past 18 months to participating schools. Furthermore, APS has adopted an innovative high-tech approach toward acknowledging each student’s individual contributions: digital badging.