Over 3,000 students will learn about energy efficiency this month and compete for prizes statewide as part of the Power Pledge Challenge. Utilities and organizations from Mat-Su, Anchorage, Kenai Peninsula, Seward, Bethel, and Juneau host the challenge as part of Energy Awareness Month, recognized every year in October. In the challenge, students complete a hands-on activity from the AK EnergySmart curriculum, learn how to calculate their energy usage, and ways to reduce their usage at home. They 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 3,600 throughout the state competing for regional and statewide prizes. Each region will award one class with a pizza party with a special guest and/or power plant tour. The statewide “grand” prize is a pizza party and $1,700 worth of energy-related classroom supplies.
The Power Pledge Challenge is held through support of Alaska Energy 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 and Power, and Renewable Energy Alaska Project. The AK EnergySmart program provides energy literacy curriculum for K-12 students, student hands-on workshops and professional development opportunities for teachers. To learn more please visit: www.akenergysmart.org.