SEE (Schools for Energy Efficiency)



During the 2010-2011 school year, Delano School District entered into a partnership with Hallberg Engineering to implement the Schools for Energy Efficiency® (SEE) program (now a product of Class 5, Inc.),   Together, Delano and the SEE program are working towards creating more energy efficient buildings, providing awareness, educating students and engaging the community in our success.  This venture is being funded exclusively from Delano building energy savings, with Hallberg and the District sharing the realized savings each quarter.  We are very excited about the opportunities that this program provides the Delano School District!  

What is the SEE® Program?

Schools for Energy Efficiency® (SEE) is a comprehensive program for K-12 schools to save energy and money by changing behavior throughout the district. SEE provides a systemized plan, training, educational energy awareness materials, and utility tracking for immediate and sustainable savings.

SEE® Program goals

  • To reduce energy use by 10%
  • Achieve recognition through ENERGY STAR®
  • Engage students, teachers and staff

District Energy Guidelines

Delano Public Schools are committed to an energy-efficient environment through participation in the Schools for Energy Efficiency™ (SEE) program. A set of energy guidelines has been developed by a school district Energy Steering Committee to help reduce energy use throughout our schools, while always maintaining an environment that is conducive to learning.

The purpose of the energy guidelines is to identify and establish district-wide standards for all employees regarding the operation of heating, cooling, ventilation, electrical equipment and water use.

The guidelines outline energy-efficient practices for building operators and district staff in an effort to reduce annual district energy consumption by 10 percent. A district energy steering committee, which included representation from schools, operations, technology, administration, community education, developed the guidelines and will work to help implement them. The steering committee used federal guidelines from the Department of Education, American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers, Indoor Air Quality, and the Department of Energy.

The school district appreciates your commitment to energy-efficient behavior and asks that you to work together with building operators and Energy Efficiency Coordinator Tom Mathieu, as the SEE program moves forward. We encourage you to read the guidelines below and contact the SEE coordinators if you have any questions. This is your opportunity to save energy throughout your school or department It is the Spring Lake Park School District’s hope that we all become empowered in saving energy to support education.

View Delano Public Schools’ Energy Use Guidelines

How does it work?

Hallberg has provided Delano with an Energy Efficiency Coordinator to help guide the district in creating an energy savings plan; work with each department in learning what their role in SEE is; provide information and training to district staff; implement the program; and support staff and students throughout the district.

Please do not hesitate to contact our Hallberg representative.

Ann Arney
Energy Efficiency Coordinator
Schools for Energy Efficiency® (SEE)


Delano  SEE® Newsletter

We want your help!

Are you interested in helping your building in their energy saving efforts? At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, we will be creating Site Teams. Each school will create a group, which includes the principal, the lead building operator and one other staff member, to be the point people for the SEE program. Site Teams will communicate with Tom quarterly regarding building results, assist in communicating those results to building staff, lead student SEE Squads and promote and increase energy awareness by utilizing SEE program activities. Contact our EEC, Tom Mathieu, and let him know you would like to be on your schools Site Team!

It’s time to get our students involved! During the 2011-2012 school year we will create SEE Squads at the Elementary and Middle School. These are our student advocates who will help to keep awareness up in each building. SEE squads are led by a staff member, and may be a group that already exists (such as a science or environmental club, student council, before and after school programs) or a newly formed committee of students who are interested in being active in SEE! If you are interested in leading the SEE Squad in your building, or know of some students who would be great for this group, contact our EEC, Tom Mathieu!

Resources for Teachers

Each year there are activities that become available for student learning. These activities remain available for the entire time you participate in SEE.

Available for the 2011-2012 school year.

  • Energy Challenge Game Show
    • A “Jeopardy” style Energy Trivia Game!
  • Get Smart About Energy CD
    • Over 200 activities available
  • Light Meter
    • A fun tool that measures how much light is in a room using Footcandles (the measurement used by the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) of North America)
  • Human Power Generator
    • Using pedals or handles, this machine lets you feel how much energy it takes to power light bulbs and other common household items
  • The Energy Hog
    • The Energy Hog is a mascot who will come visit your school or classroom to teach kids about how NOT to be wasteful with energy
  • Who Wants to be an Energy Zillionaire Game Show
    • A “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” style Energy Trivia Game!

Energy Facts

  • Incandescent light bulbs can be replaced with fluorescent light bulbs, which use 75 percent less energy and last 10 times longer.
  • Americans constitute 5% of the world's population but consume 24% of the world's energy.
  • The average US family spends $1,500 per year on their utility costs.
  • Find tips on how to save energy at home at the U.S. Department of Energy website