EAIS prides itself on focusing on member needs and implementing its member schools’ suggestions (that’s how our School Radon Training & Support System, as well as the Building Operator Pathway, began!).

Our members have asked us to refocus our time on the creation of energy supports schools will need over the next 3 years such as renewable energy, building electrification, air quality, resiliency hubs, and new student learning pathways

Basic Membership

To incorporate these new supports in an equitable way, EAIS has adjusted its membership structure to a Basic Membership based upon enrollment tiers, to which schools can add Radon Support on a per building basis (during the years they need to test), and future new Energy Supports on an as-needed basis.

Basic membership includes: 

  •  Access to State and Federal grants written and potentially received by EAIS to support schools
  • Webinars for school energy/radon teams
  • Radon/energy data storage and protection
  • Access to the new Building Operator Pathway
  • Regular communications
  • Bi-annual energy conferences
  • Regionally and/or virtually offer energy team and facility operator training to save out-of-district time and mileage.
  • Pay attention for new rebate, program and grant opportunities.
  • Enable school budget dollars to refocus on student learning instead of utility bills.
  • EAIS does not sell any energy equipment or products.

Examples of EAIS Supports and Energy Accomplishments

  • In 2023-24 EAIS was awarded a one-year intermediary grant to expand its Building Operator Pathway program into Region 14.
  • In 2021-23 EAIS was awarded a three-year grant from the Iowa Energy Center/Iowa Economic Development Authority to create and pilot a new Building Operator Pathway of study. This provided training to current school building operators, as well allowed schools to “grow their own” future building operators.
  • Provided coaching and training on topics such as COVID-19 ventilation, boiler maintence, HVAC, lighting, new construction, wind turbines, potential solar projects and more.
  • Facilitated energy-related, regional facilities manager workshops that resulted in 100% of participants agreeing the overall benefit of knowledge gained was between “satisfactory” and “excellent.”