About Us

The Energy Efficient Schools Initiative (EESI) was established by the Tennessee General Assembly in 2008 with $90 million.  Over $87 million has been approved for projects to improve the energy efficiency in Tennessee’s public K-12 schools.  Purposes of the Energy Efficient Schools Council, also created by this legislation, include providing grants and loans for capital outlay projects and establish and support energy management programs.  The enabling legislation also created a twelve member council (Council – see below)) to approve guidelines, award grants and loans, verify energy efficiencies, and establish and support energy management programs.  The Council appointed a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and  Executive Director Paul Cross. Scott Slusher joined the EESI staff in July 2016 as the Energy Services Consultant. He was a council member representing Department of Environment and Conservation before this move to the EESI staff. Scott has an extensive background in energy conservation and efficiency.  Barbara Floyd is the background support for the program and staff and has been with the Department of Education for twelve years.