Energizing Students for Greater Energy Savings


Energy is the second largest expenditure in American schools. Managing energy use in a school setting is difficult without having students, faculty, and staff engaged and actively participating in a management program. Student energy teams promote energy savings and help students gain leadership skills along the way as they monitor light levels, temperatures, and electrical loads. By engaging students in your energy management program, you have hundreds of enthusiastic mini energy managers ready to help you identify things like broken water fountains, leaky doors or windows, inappropriate lighting use, vampire loads, and unwanted temperature variations within their own building. Students take ownership of their school and take better care of it while leading their peers to be conscientious users of energy. We will discuss the things you can have students help you accomplish and how to harness their boundless energy.


Caryn Turrel, CEM

Program Associate

The National Energy Education Development Project

Caryn is a Curriculum and Training Associate with The NEED Project. Her role with NEED includes training teachers in K-12+ energy education and writing curriculum primarily in renewable energy sources and energy management.  In 2016 Caryn earned her current CEM status and uses this training to assist students and their teachers in basic energy audits of their school buildings. A graduate of Michigan Technological University and Indiana University, Caryn holds a B.S. in Biological Sciences and a M.S. in Secondary Curriculum. She joined NEED after many years teaching chemistry and physics at the secondary level. Married to Jeff Kabzinski, Caryn and Jeff have three grown children:  Meghan, Ben, and Elizabeth. Caryn resides in central Indiana but as a native Michigander considers herself a Michigander-Hoosier hybrid.