Green School Works

The Challenge: Electrify and Decarbonize K-12 School Buildings in Massachusetts

Massachusetts contains approximately 1,800 public school buildings responsible for 880,000 metric tons of carbon every year. Electrifying and decarbonizing these buildings represents a significant opportunity for the state to reach its goal of net zero emissions by 2050. While school districts are well-versed in capital planning, they may not have the experience or technical expertise necessary to incorporate energy efficiency, electrification and decarbonization measures into their capital planning projects.​

About the Green School Works Program

Created as part of the state's 2024 budget, the goal of the Green School Works program is to provide financial support to K-12 public schools or districts to install or maintain clean energy infrastructure. Funding will go towards project implementation as well as support for building-specific decarbonization assessments and plans and high-level, building-specific assessments and high-level, district-wide decarbonization planning. ​

Program Priorities

The Green School Works Program aligns with the MassCEC High-Performance Building strategy which has as its top priorities 1) implementing decarbonization projects and 2) supporting strategic technical assistance. This program also supports the Commonwealth’s building decarbonization goals expressed in the Clean Energy & Climate Plan for 2030. The plan calls for a broad and aggressive transition of statewide buildings by 2030, including improving building envelopes and electrifying 300 to 400 million square feet of commercial-scale buildings. Green School Works will help establish clear pathways for K-12 school buildings to align with the Commonwealth’s building decarbonization goals.

Status
Open
Award Potential

N/A

Questions? Contact

Funding Schedule

Process step timing
Stakeholder Engagement Summer 2024
Finalize Program Plan Through Fall 2024
Request for Proposals and Consultant Selection for Technical Assistance Component as Needed Fall 2024
Enrollment and Application Window Opens Winter 2024 - 2025

 

Who's Eligible

Individual K-12 public schools and districts. Preference will be given to schools serving low-income and environmental justice populations.

Participation Benefits

Participants will receive funding for implementation of projects that improve energy efficiency, reduce carbon emissions, or mitigate the impacts of climate change, and support for decarbonization planning and prioritization.​

Learn About Green School Works

Learn more about the Green School Works program. The webinar agenda will be coming soon. MassCEC is hosting two webinars on the following dates:​

Program Concept & Request for Information

Green School Works Draft Program Concept

The Green School Works draft program concept has been released. It includes key program information including a program overview, program components, eligible implementation project types, program concept next steps and coordination with partner entities.

Read more about the Green School Works draft program concept below!

Green School Works Request for Information

The Green School Works Request for Information (RFI) is now open for responses. The RFI seeks to gauge interest and insight from K-12 school building decarbonization stakeholders on the design of the Green School Works Program. We encourage responses from all stakeholders. Respondents are welcome to answer all questions or only a portion of them.

How to Respond  

Stakeholders have two options for responding to this RFI:

  • Through submission of an online form; or
  • By downloading and emailing a completed version of the PDF document to greenschools@masscec.com

Additional Resources

Questions?

Please email greenschools@masscec.com with any general inquiries or questions about eligibility or application process.​

Want to learn more? 

Feel free to explore these additional resources on Green Schools:​

Additional Funding Opportunities

BETA: Project Planning

Funding type
Grants
Award Potential

Each participating building will receive an electrification and decarbonization plan, including direction to financing options and a recommended implementation timeline.

Application Deadline

Rolling, until 15 selected