“EAIS helped our district secure money for replacing our gymnasium lights with more efficient lighting. The project, including the grant application, was easy for us because of assistance (from) EAIS.”

“(EAIS) helped with creating awareness, as well as provided reassurance in our efforts in energy efficiency.”

According to school district members of Energy Association of Iowa Schools (EAIS), the grassroots, nonprofit organization is supporting their efforts to save energy, time and budget dollars. The majority also agreed the current energy supports and services provided by EAIS are “valuable” or “extremely valuable.”

This feedback was among the input gathered in March on the EAIS 2014 Member Needs Survey.

Survey results have already been utilized to inform and plan future services. The EAIS Board of Directors analyzed resulting data during a recent strategic planning session. “We are proud our members believe we are accomplishing our main mission–100% of the respondents said EAIS has provided their school district with unbiased energy information,” says EAIS board president and Southwest Valley superintendent, Willie Stone. “At the same time, we have a lot we want to do to serve our growing membership even better in the future.”

The energy support ranked as most valuable by respondents was “Districtwide energy use benchmarking and suggested improvements.” 100% of respondents agreed this support was “extremely valuable” or “valuable.”

“…districts often lack the expertise in real world energy savings, and in many cases, the knowledge of special programming and funding. EAIS is able to provide these (to us),” shared a survey respondent.

Invitations and links to the online survey were distributed to each of the 30 current EAIS member school districts’ superintendents, business managers and facilities managers. “The average online survey response rate is just 10-15%. We were very happy that 24% of our EAIS members took the time to give us their opinions,” shares EAIS executive director, Julie Weisshaar.