Spotlight on Energy Education
In April 2017, Michie Elementary was selected as Tennessee Elementary School of the Year and National Elementary Runner Up for their outstanding energy education project. Michie Elementary also received a special recognition at the national level for Outstanding Community Education Project. The Energizers (Michie Elementary School Energy Club) collected over 400 pairs of jeans for Teens for Jeans. Teens for Jeans is a national campaign that encourages young people across the country to run a jeans drive in their school or community to help provide clothing for youth experiencing homelessness.
In April 2016, Fayette Academy was selected as Tennessee Senior School of the Year and National Senior School of the Year for their outstanding energy education project. Fayette Academy also received a special recognition at the national level as the Most Outstanding Energy Project in the Nation for their 7-year project that resulted in their campus-wide LED retrofit. The campus-wide LED lighting upgrade is estimated to reduce energy consumption by 77% and is estimated to save 500,00 kilowatts annually.
In November 2015, Michie Elementary School was recognized as having one of the top school environmental programs in Tennessee. They were recognized as a winner of the 2015 Good Sports Always Recycle school challenge. The recycling program at Michie Elementary School started in 2011 with the fourth and fifth grade Energy Club, the Energizers. The program started with three recycling bins, and in the last two years it has recycled more than 118,000 pounds of material annually.
TEEN Program Coordinator / Director
Programs Administrator, TDEC Office of Energy Programs