Making the future of K-12 brighter for the next generation: reinvesting in our educational environment through energy savings

In today’s rapidly evolving world, investing in the future of our educational infrastructure is crucial. Energy savings and sustainability are key areas where significant improvements can be made.

Recently, Zach Christensen, Vice President of Centrix Energy Partners, delivered an enlightening presentation at the Texas Energy Managers Association (TEMA) conference on how to make the future of K-12  education brighter by reinvesting in our educational environment through energy savings.

The Importance of Energy Solutions in Education:

As a leading energy solutions provider, Centrix Energy Partners is dedicated to reinvesting in our educational built environment through energy savings. The TEMA Connect Conference provided an excellent platform for Centrix Energy Partners to showcase its innovative solutions and share its expertise with the attendees.

Key Takeaways from Zach Christensen’s Presentation:

Zach Christensen’s presentation covered many topics that resonated with the attendees. Here are some of the key takeaways: 

1. Current Financial Situation for K12 Districts:

Zach shed light on the financial challenges faced by Texas K12 districts. Despite education being the cornerstone of every community, Texas ranks in the bottom 10 in per-pupil spending and is $4000 behind the national average.

2. How Should We Decide What To Do First?

Zach addressed the dilemma of prioritizing projects in K12 districts with limited funding. He provided  insights on how to make informed decisions that can have the most significant impact on student learning and overall campus safety.

3. How Should We Pay For Everything?

Funding is a significant hurdle for many educational institutions. Zach discussed the various funding options available to schools, including complementary financing and self-funded infrastructure redevelopment.  These alternatives offer a way to expand the bond scope and alleviate financial burdens.

Finding Solutions to Funding Challenges:

Zach emphasized that deferred maintenance, diluting general funds of reserves, reducing other budgets, or taking on additional debt are not optimal solutions for addressing funding challenges. Instead, he proposed exploring self-funded design- build-finance options through Centrix Energy Partners. School districts can benefit from comprehensive energy initiatives and design-build construction projects tailored to their unique needs by partnering with Centrix.

Investing in our educational infrastructure is crucial for the future success of our students. Zach  Christensen’s thought-provoking presentation at the TEMA conference highlighted the importance of energy savings, funding strategies, and bond referenda for educational institutions. By embracing innovative solutions and collaborating with industry experts like Centrix Energy Partners, we can create a brighter future for K-12 education.

For more information, visit or contact Zach Christensen directly at 979-402-7698 or email at

About Centrix-Energy Partners:

Centrix Energy Partners is a national, privately held network of energy efficiency experts that designs, develops, finances, and implements customized energy efficiency upgrades for its clients.

We accomplish this through our best-in-class network of implementation companies that provide unparalleled customer service to the communities that we serve.  Our regional partners are local self-starters committed to helping

their customers succeed and are supported logistically and financially by the parent company, Centrix Energy Partners