PEAK is a comprehensive standards-based educational program designed to empower elementary and middle school students with the knowledge to manage energy use in their homes, schools and communities. Through hands-on learning, students are inspired to pursue green careers and motivate themselves and others to take action to create a more sustainable world.
PEAK was originally launched over 36 years ago and was designed using the same principles that were applied to a successful energy conservation program in the business sector. In 1975, John B. Phillips, founder of The Energy Coalition, linked major commercial electric users with their electric utility. The goal was to reduce energy during peak demand time and reduce energy costs for the business users.
In 1979, the first school-based PEAK program was implemented at Top of the World School in Laguna Beach, CA. Mr. Phillips was passionate about expanding this effort across the state, and across the world! In 1998 PEAK received funding through a partnership between The Energy Coalition, Southern California Edison, and SoCal Gas Company. In 2006, The Energy Coalition began PEAK pilot projects in San Diego and in the San Francisco Bay Area (in partnership with Pacific Gas and Electric). In 2013, PEAK began working with municipal partners as well, including Los Angeles Department of Water and Power; and Sacramento Municipal Utility District.
Since 2006, PEAK has reached more than 40,000 students in over 100 school districts in various counties throughout California. In addition, PEAK currently reaches approximately 8,700 students each year in Nacka and Göteborg, Sweden – reinforcing the importance of smart energy management in the global context.