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Iowa students participate in Biggest Energy Loser competition

September 25, 2012

Patricia Higby, energy education & outreach coordinator, UNI Center for Energy & Environmental Education, 319-273-6012,

Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Iowa schools participated in the Alliance for Climate Education's Biggest Energy Loser competition this past spring.

Students used a Kill-A-Watt meter to measure energy use in classrooms, then came up with ways to reduce usage. The Mount Vernon Middle School Action Team won first place for the state, receiving $1,000 and several energy-efficient tools. They were presented with their check at their school board meeting Sept. 24.

The team from Lewis Central High School won second place, and Theodore Roosevelt High School's Action Team placed third. Overall, $1,600 in cash prizes was awarded. The prizes were funded by grants from Alliant Energy, the Iowa Power Fund and Kum & Go.

Action teams from each school worked to lower their school's energy consumption, while competing for prizes. The competition was administered by the University of Northern Iowa's Fabulous Resources for Energy Education (FREE) at the Center for Energy & Environmental Education (CEEE).

For more information about the competition, contact Patricia Higby, energy education and outreach coordinator at the CEEE, at 319-273-6012 or