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SPPS Announce Winners of H.E.A.T. Contest

Saint Paul Public Schools recently announced winners of the Home Energy Action Talent (HEAT) contest, in which students throughout the school district submitted videos about how to save energy at home.
“As part of our Energy Action Plan, we developed a student-led behavior change competition to promote better energy management practices,” says Tom Parent, Director of Facilities for SPPS. “Through distance learning, we were able to tailor the contest to make it meaningful to students where they live.”
The winners from SPPS Elementary Schools are:
  • 1st Place: Layla Kawo, from teacher Jenni Blat's 2nd grade class at Highland Elementary
  • 2nd Place: Kiera Vue, from Hleeda Her's 5th-grade class at Phalen Lake Hmong Studies
The winners from SPPS Middle Schools are:
  • 1st Place: Alice Verbrugge, from teacher Rachel Propson's 7th grade class at Highland Park Middle School
  • 2nd Place: Lucille Dietz, from teacher Carrie Bittner's 7th grade class at Murray Middle School
More than 80 students participated in the contest. First place winners each receive a $100 VISA gift card and 2nd place winners receive a $50 VISA gift card; all courtesy of Xcel Energy.

“We were excited to support Saint Paul Public Schools in developing an Energy Action Plan that prioritized both the district’s facilities and innovative ways to teach students and their families about saving energy,” says Tami Gunderzik, Partners in Energy program manager, Xcel Energy. “The contest really exemplifies the dedication of the SPPS team to engage the students in learning.”
SPPS has 73 buildings totaling 7.65 million square feet of building space. In the last 10 years, the District has reduced its energy use by more than 7.3%. SPPS has set a 2030 goal of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 45%, and all buildings will reduce their carbon footprint through energy-efficient improvements and behavior changes impacting students, teachers, staff, and community members who use the space.
Xcel Energy’s Partners in Energy program is designed to provide communities and organizations with the tools and resources necessary to develop and implement an energy action plan that reflects their vision for shaping energy use and supply in their futures.
Click here to learn more about the HEAT Contest and to see this year’s winning videos.