Power Pledge Challenge Kicks Off October Energy Awareness Month

More than 3,500 sixth- through eighth-grade students in Alaska will learn about energy efficiency next month and compete for prizes as part of the Power Pledge Challenge. Utilities and organizations host the statewide challenge as part of Energy Awareness Month, recognized every year in October.

In the Challenge, students will complete a hands-on activity from the AK EnergySmart curriculum and learn how to calculate energy usage and ways to reduce usage at home. Students then conduct an online home energy audit with their families and identify specific actions they will take to use energy more efficiently.

Over the past six years, this challenge has grown from 700 students in Anchorage to more than 3,500 throughout the state, all competing for regional and statewide prizes. The statewide prize includes $2,200 worth of energy-related classroom supplies. Last year’s statewide prize winning teacher, Susan Tifental, from Hanshew Middle School in Anchorage, said “The energy awareness lesson brought to the schools by the Power Pledge Challenge partners is an excellent introduction to the energy unit. Students are interested and engaged in the activities due to their relevant, local content.”

The presentation dates for Fairbanks are September 16-20. Golden Valley Electric Assn. is co-sponsoring the Fairbanks presentations, which will be made to 8th grade students.

The Power Pledge Challenge is supported by Alaska Electric Light & Power, Alaska Energy Authority, Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, Alaska Village Electric Cooperative, Chugach Electric Association, City of Seward, Golden Valley Electric Association, Homer Electric Association, Kwigillingok Power Company, Matanuska Electric Association, Anchorage Municipal Light & Power, Nome Joint Utility Services, and Renewable Energy Alaska Project.