Welcome to Ener-G-save’s Cooler Community Education and Grant Program:
The Cooler Community Project is based on a successful pilot program from Concord, MA, called Cooler Concord. Based on principles of social marketing (Saving Energy is Cool!), it leverages education to empower students and set a whole community on the path to smarter energy choices.
Schools receive grants of up to $5000 for participating in the Cooler Community project, in which students of all ages research and create exhibits and materials on energy and energy efficiency within their curriculum requirements to be displayed at a district-wide event. Vendors, community members, and service providers offer advice and show ways in which visitors can take energy-smart actions that work best for them. Everyone is encouraged to pledge changes – large or small. These pledges are tracked and calculated into carbon savings. Civics, English, and art classes contribute letters to the editor and elected representatives, as well as create posters and murals to enrich and publicize the event.
Aside from creating measurable energy savings for the participating town, the purpose of this program is to empower young people in preparing for the future and give them a taste of the difference they can make in their community.
After running successful events in the Berkshires and Agawam in the spring of 2019 (a video is coming soon) Ener-G-save is currently speaking with potential partners for this program for the school year of 2019/20. A handbook on hosting Cooler Community projects as well as a teacher’s guide will be completed in the fall of 2019.
If you are reading this and are interested in learning more or getting involved we would love to hear from you! Contact us at education@ener-G-save.com.
Results of our two 2019 pilot projects can be found here. And here are some examples for student or teacher-led projects that can be included in a Cooler Community event. Please also see our photo gallery for inspiration!
Science of Climate Change
- ecology/ science of eco-systems
- the science of climate change and human contributions
- species protection/ impact on wildlife and bio-diversity
Political / Civic
- letters to the editor, press releases
The science of energy, energy use and behavior
- energy efficiency/ weatherization
- composting and food waste
- carbon-friendly diet and food preparation
Climate Friendly Shopping
- Plastic and Packaging
- Buying less, re-use, re-purpose
- Community building
- Communication Skills, Dialogue practice
- Adaptability/ Preparedness