Energy Association of Iowa Schools (EAIS) is small and mighty. EAIS works hard to efficiently pull together the resources needed to meet the energy and radon needs of its school districts. Its team of champions includes Julie Weisshaar as the organization’s executive director, Cynthia Wolf as assistant, and five Iowa school superintendents as the Board of Directors.
Extra consultation and support is provided, as needed, by private sector firms such as The Energy Group and Healthy Homes Radon Education. These groups bring well-rounded technical expertise that can address any question that comes up in school energy management and school radon management, which are very often connected.
Iowa’s Investor-Owned Utilities (Alliant Energy, MidAmerican Energy, and Black Hills Corporation) also collaborate to provide usage data and energy efficiency programs and rebates, per Iowa’s Energy Efficiency Cost Recovery requirements. EAIS is grateful for the matching funds these utilities provide for each member in their service territory, which helps to keep membership investments affordable for schools.
Julie’s professional background includes the management of a statewide energy efficiency program, a master’s degree in community development, and 14 years of Iowa education administrative and public relations experience at the local, regional and state levels. Her urban and rural experiences led her to co-founding EAIS in 2011.
Cynthia’s previous professional experience highlights include 5 years of owning and operating a boutique bakery, as well as over 30 years of mostly customer service and production planning work at Gits Manufacturing in Creston, IA.