Chugach joined utilities and organizations across the state in teaching students about how to conserve energy as part of the 2018 Power Pledge Challenge. More than 3,000 students from 128 6th through 8th grade classrooms around the state participated in the Challenge, an initiative aimed at helping youth better understand energy use.
This year’s campaign covered the largest geographic area to date with students competing for regional and statewide prizes. A 7th grade science class from Hanshew Middle School in Anchorage is this year’s statewide winner. Utilities and organizations from the Matanuska Susitna Valley, Anchorage, the Kenai Peninsula, Juneau, and statewide hosted the challenge as part of Energy Awareness Month, recognized every year in October.
In the Challenge, students completed a hands-on activity from the AK EnergySmart curriculum, learned how to calculate the cost of appliance use, and discovered ways to reduce their energy usage at home. Students then conducted an online home energy audit with their families and identified specific actions they would take to use energy more efficiently.
Susan Tifental’s 3rd period science class at Hanshew Middle School is the 2018 statewide winner. The class will be awarded a pizza party, energy-related classroom materials worth $1,700 and a tour of the Southcentral Power Project. Five regional winners each earned a pizza party and/or a tour of a local power plant.
The now statewide initiative is held through support of Alaska Electric Light & Power, Alaska Energy Authority, Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, Alaska Village Electric Cooperative, Chugach Electric Association, City of Seward, Homer Electric Association, Matanuska Electric Association, Municipal Light & Power and Renewable Energy Alaska Project.