Dashboard Pilot Project

Peninsula Clean Energy has provided $34,500 to the San Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE) for the development, implementation, and facilitation of an online energy dashboard pilot in the San Carlos School District.

Schools offer a great opportunity for students to learn about what aspects of facilities and operations contribute to greenhouse gas emissions, and how to develop solutions to reduce these emissions. In partnership with the SMCOE, Peninsula Clean Energy has developed an online dashboard to tell the “story” of energy in San Mateo County, as well as a holistic look at the range of utilities schools use such as energy, water, waste, and transportation.

Specifically, the dashboard will visually display utility usage data. Teachers will have access to the data for use in curriculum, which is the most equitable approach to exposing students to this type of data as it does not exclude students who may not currently have access to data or a residence to analyze. The funding PCE has provided funds dashboard software for the SMCOE office and the San Carlos School District. SMCOE and PCE in partnership with San Carlos School District administrators, facilities manager, and select teachers are designing the dashboard. PCE funds were also provided for SMCOE to support teachers with the integration of the energy dashboard into classroom lessons.

The pilot will be implemented during the 2019-20 school year. Once the pilot is complete, we will evaluate results and feedback for San Carlos School District for potential replication county-wide.