Maryland Schools to Update Energy Efficiency  - Smart Energy Decisions

Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions  -  July 6, 2022

Maryland Schools to Update Energy Efficiency 

The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) announced grant awards for seven Maryland public school districts to help finance their capacities for reducing GHG emissions.

MEA developed the program in partnership with the Interagency Commission on School Construction (IAC) to help Maryland schools manage energy and plan for the construction of schools that employ cutting-edge net zero energy designs. In general, buildings built to be net zero energy are designed to generate more energy onsite than they use. 

The school decarbonization program is a new initiative from MEA, launched in response to the growing need for high-performance schools and to help local education agencies (LEA) build the capacity to meet new energy requirements in concert with reduced environmental impacts. 

“Addressing the need for clean energy and energy efficiency in Maryland’s 24 public school districts, which include over 1,300 K-12 schools, provides multiple benefits to students and communities,” said MEA Director Dr. Mary Beth Tung in a statement. “School facilities are an essential part of meeting our state goals. A little help with developing capacity can provide long-term benefits in operations and operating costs.”

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