Sheffield Utilities and TVA work together to support community-wide learning about energy efficiency, meet STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) objectives and provide opportunities to develop skills that can prepare students for careers in technical fields.
Schools enrolled in TVA EnergyRight’s School Uplift program receive behavior-based strategic energy management (SEM) training that helps them integrate energy efficiency practices into their daily operations to save energy and money. Schools compete to win grants for infrastructure upgrades to reduce energy costs and improve the quality of the learning environment.
The community is grateful that several of their schools have been chosen to participate in the School Uplift program. “Each year, it has allowed a total of $300,000 to go back into the classrooms,” Tyler Jones, distribution manager, Sheffield Utilities says. “This is more than a partnership.”
In 2021, School Uplift recipient L E Wilson Elementary School received $200,000 in funding, which they used to upgrade lighting. That same year, W A Threadgill Primary School won a $100,000 grant, and used it to replace windows, an oven, a reach-in refrigerator and kitchen holding cabinet.
Colbert Heights High School, Cherokee High School, and Colbert County High School were chosen for the program in 2022. (Grants will be distributed at a later date.)
Teachers in public schools that receive power from a TVA distributor can win STEM grants up to $5,000. In 2022 alone, TVA distributed $1 million, in partnership with TVA retiree organization Bicentennial Volunteers Incorporated and the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network. TVA gives preference to applications covering its primary areas of focus–environment, energy, economic development and community problem solving.
Sheffield Junior High School won a TVA STEM grant in 2022 and 2020, and Hatton Elementary School, Leighton Elementary School, L E Wilson Elementary School, Sheffield High School and W A Threadgill Primary School received TVA STEM grants in 2021.
TVA EnergyRight Educational Workshops
Eye Spy Energy Kids’ Workshop
TVA EnergyRight and Sheffield Utilities partner to bring Spark, Bolt, Zap and their other EnergyRight Monster friends to elementary schools across the community, teaching students where energy comes from, how we use it and ways to save at home. Students can continue the energy-saving fun with their families using Eye Spy Energy Kits.
Energy Evolution High School Workshop
TVA EnergyRight and Sheffield Utilities are working together to offer engaging, interactive workshops that empower high school students to reduce their environmental impact and lead the next wave of our planet’s energy evolution.