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About EESI

The Energy Efficient Schools Initiative (EESI) was established by the Tennessee General Assembly in 2008 with $90 million.  Over $87 million has been approved for projects to improve the energy efficiency in Tennessee’s public K-12 schools.  Purposes of the Energy Efficient Schools Council, also created by this legislation, include providing grants and loans for capital outlay projects and establish and support energy management programs.  The enabling legislation also created a twelve member council (Council – see below)) to approve guidelines, award grants and loans, verify energy efficiencies, and establish and support energy management programs.  The Council appointed a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC – see below) and an Executive Director (Paul Cross - click here for bio)

Council Members

  • Denny Hastings, President, Residential Contractor
  • Dr. Timothy Webb, Principal at Richland School, Giles County
  • Mike Herrmann, Vice President, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Education
  • Mayor Carolyn Bowers, Montgomery County
  • Jim Keiffer, TVA, Vice President, Customer Strategy, Measurement and Support
  • Allen Foster, Cumberland County Commissioner
  • Brooxie Carlton, Director, Federal Programs, Department of Economic and Community Development
  • Mike Ellis, Vice President, Operations, Atmos Energy
  • Gary Clardy, Assistant Superintendent of Engineering, Rutherford County Schools
  • Melissa Lapsa, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Whole-Building & Community Integration, Sustainable Campus Initiative
  • Scott Slusher, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Program Manager
  • Frank Wagster, TLM Associates, Principal, Architect

TAC Members

  • Jim Keiffer (Co-Chair), TVA, VP, Customer Strategy Measurement and Support
  • Lee Baker, Tennessee Valley Public Power Association
  • Terry Townsend, PE, LEED AP, President, Townsend Engineering
  • Kim Shinn, PE, LEED AP, Director of Sustainable Design, TLC Engineering for Architecture
  • James Hastings, Founding Principal & Architect, Hastings Architecture Associates
  • Bruce Fisackerly, Principal, Advanced Energy Consultants, Inc.
  • Melissa Lapsa, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Whole-Building & Community Integration, Sustainable Campus Initiative