E2 Energy to EducateSM
Social responsibility is one of Constellation’s core foundational values. We believe that providing quality educational opportunities and career development are among the most important tools to help communities succeed in the long term. As part of our commitment to education, E2 Energy to Educate Grants support projects that enhance student understanding of the science and technology needed to address energy issues, and reach and inspire students to think differently about energy.
2013 E2 Energy to Educate Highlights
- • 10 projects awarded $310,000, reaching over 21,000 students nationwide
- • Energy efficiency analysis, using the school building itself as a laboratory
- • Investigating photovoltaic solar conversion efficiency, hands-on solar installation and model solar car competition
- • Demand response of small to medium load appliances using wireless smart plug technology
- • Student ambassadorship of energy efficiency, electric vehicles, and alternative technologies leveraging design and investigative experience
E2 Energy to Educate Award History
- • 2012: 10 projects awarded totaling $337,265, reaching 14,000 students nationwide
- • 2011: 14 projects awarded totaling $500,000, reaching 26,000 students nationwide
- • 2010: 10 projects awarded totaling $350,000, reaching 20,000 plus students nationwide
- • Awards have supported a variety of initiatives, from evaluating wind energy at local schools to designing and building a net zero solar powered residence
We invite projects that fall within the following parameters to submit a competitive request for support:
E2 Energy to Educate projects should be team oriented, learning focused, hands-on demonstration projects with specific results that reach a minimum of 100 students. Projects must align with at least one of the three energy knowledge and innovation focus areas below.
Energy Science: Building Blocks
The science required to Create New Energy Solutions
- Focus on advancements in basic science needed to address energy issues
- Further student understanding of how various scientific and engineering disciplines are part of the energy puzzle
- Topics include: Nuclear Technology, Fossil Fuel Combustion Efficiency, Alternatives to Steam Generation
Energy Technology: Intelligent Applications
How Energy Technology is Making it to Market
- Focus on emerging technologies in the marketplace.
- Advance student and public understanding of what makes some technologies succeed and others fail
- Topics include: Solar Technology, Distributed Generation, Electrical Vehicles, Energy Storage
Energy Education: The Conscious Consumer
The Interface of IT (Information Technology) and ET (Energy Technology)
- Defining “Smart” in “Smart-Grid” energy technology
- How information technology is transforming the way both the electric power industry and consumers think about their energy usage
- Topics include: Home Energy Management, Smart Buildings, Energy Efficiency Verification
External criteria posted to constellation.com for prospective grantees to review.
1. Organization must be a 501(c)3 nonprofit, with a Board of Directors
2. Grant range:
- Educational Grants (6th – 12th Grade): up to $25,000 each;
Minimum of 3 partners, including one non-profit partner; no individual schools
- Higher Education (2 & 4 Year Colleges): up to $50,000
Note: Partnerships involving secondary and higher education partners are
eligible for a maximum combined grant of $50,000.
3. Applicants must include a project budget indicating how grant dollars will be spent
4. The project must be located geographically within an area Constellation does business.
5. Employee engagement is preferred but not required
6. Applicants must indicate diversity statistics/engagement for projects
7. Applicants who have previously received a grant may re-apply under the following criteria:
- All documentation requirements are met (including a progress report)
- Demonstrated success with previous project
- Promoted project success and messages externally in the community
- Demonstrate material enhancements beyond previous project scope
Note: Constellation customers are eligible to apply however will have no competitive advantage; applications will be scored by a review committee based strictly on merit.