| Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA)
One Gateway Center, Third Floor
420 Fort Duquesne Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Fax: (412) 232-3450
A&WMA is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan professional organization that enhances knowledge and expertise by providing a neutral forum for technology exchange, professional development, networking opportunities, public education, and outreach to more than 9,000 environmental professionals in 65 countries. A&WMA also promotes global environmental responsibility and increases the effectiveness of organizations to make critical decisions that benefit society. For more information about A&WMA, please visit our website at www.awma.org.
A&WMA provides educational materials for teachers and students in kindergarten through grade 12. Materials are designed to improve the environmental literacy of students and educators and introduce them to actions that they can take to reduce waste, conserve energy, and develop pollution prevention plans. Materials include fact sheets and information books on such topics as air pollution, pollution prevention, recycling, hazardous waste, landfills, and others. A&WMA also produces the Environmental Education Resource Guides (EERGs) on air quality and nonpoint source pollution prevention. EERGs are supplementary curricula with a hands-on, interdisciplinary approach to environmental education.
We encourage A&WMA members and other interested parties to sponsor local teacher-training workshops. The workshops provide teachers an opportunity to participate in EERG activities and create an ongoing dialogue between environmental professionals and the educational community. Contact A&WMA headquarters to find out about teacher-training opportunities in your area or to order public education materials.
Alliance to Save Energy
1850 M Street, NW, Suite 600
Washington DC 20036
Fax: (202) 331-9588
Energy Hog E-Mail: email@example.com
Energy Hog Web: www.energyhog.org
The Alliance to Save Energy is a coalition of prominent business, government, environmental, and consumer leaders who promote the efficient and clean use of energy worldwide to benefit consumers, the environment, economy, and national security.
Green Schools Program
The Alliance’s Green Schools Program is a comprehensive energy savings program for K-12 schools that incorporates energy education and energy-saving activities in and around the school building. Students begin to understand energy and its link to the environment and economics, and the schools benefit by cutting energy costs. Free, downloadable lessons plans, information about the Green Schools Program, contact information and more are available online at www.ase.org/greenschools.
Energy Hog Campaign
The Alliance to Save Energy’s Energy Hog Campaign is a national public service advertising campaign created by the Ad Council in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy, The Home Depot, North American Insulation Manufacturers Association, and 20 state energy offices. The campaign features a dastardly character, the Energy Hog, who bring to life the invisible concept of energy waste. The Energy Hog makes saving energy fun for children and empowers them to work with their parents to make wise energy choices. Kids can become official Energy Hog Busters by beating the Energy Hog on the website www.energyhog.org.
The Energy Hog Challenge is a set of classroom educational activities on the benefits of saving energy and includes a teacher and student guides. Students learn where energy comes from, how we use it, and why saving energy is important. They also discuss how to search out and destroy Energy Hogs in their own home. The guidebooks can be downloaded free at www.energyhog.org.
American Chemical Society
1155 16th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
Fax: (202) 833-7732
The world’s largest scientific society with a membership of over 158,000 chemists and chemical engineers.
Publishes educational materials for use in grades 4 through 12: The Best of Wonder Science, Volumes I and II, offers hundreds of hands-on activities for elementary school students; ChemMatters, an award-winning magazine for high school students, relates chemistry to everyday life (published quarterly, back issues are available); ChemCom, a chemistry textbook program for high school students, connects basic chemistry concepts and content to the real world; Introduction to Green Chemistry, a laboratory manual for advanced high school chemistry students, introduces students to environmentally benign industrial processes that begin with renewable resources; and Science in a Technical World (STW), a series of high school science modules, places students in a variety of problem-solving roles as chemical technicians.
All of these products include such energy-related topics as electricity, recycling, nuclear energy, and the environment. A free Teaching Resources Catalog is available upon request.
American Chemistry Council (ACC)
1300 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22209
Fax: (703) 741-6000
The American Chemistry Council (ACC) represents the leading companies engaged in the business of chemistry.
ACC members apply the science of chemistry to make innovative products and services that make people’s lives better, healthier and safer. ACC is committed to improved environmental, health and safety performance through Responsible Care®, common sense advocacy designed to address major public policy issues, and health and environmental research and product testing. The business of chemistry is a $550 billion enterprise and a key element of the nation’s economy. It is one of the nation’s largest exporters, accounting for ten cents out of every dollar in U.S. exports. Chemistry companies are among the largest investors in research and development. Safety and security have always been primary concerns of ACC members, and they have intensified their efforts, working closely with government agencies to improve security and to defend against any threat to the nation’s critical infrastructure.
American Electric Power
1 Riverside Plaza, 19th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Fax: (614) 716-2699
American Electric Power is one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, delivering electricity to more than 5 million customers in 11 states. AEP ranks among the nation’s largest generators of electricity, owning nearly 36,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S. AEP also owns the nation’s largest electricity transmission system, a nearly 39,000-mile network that includes more 765 kilovolt extra-high voltage transmission lines than all other U.S. transmission systems combined. American Electric Power, based in Columbus, Ohio, is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2006.
Provides free educational services to pre-K through grade 12 educators in areas served by American Electric Power’s operating units: AEP Ohio, AEP Texas, Appalachian Power (in Virginia and West Virginia), AEP Appalachian Power (in Tennessee), Indiana Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Public Service Company of Oklahoma and Southwestern Electric Power Company (in Arkansas, Louisiana and east Texas).
Internet resources at the website include The Electric Universe® for students, teachers and parents; and Learning from Light and Learning from Wind, featuring graphs of actual solar and wind power generation at participating schools and sites. Other services include live theatre presentations on electrical safety for elementary schools; classroom resources; information centers, tours and nature trails; and educator workshops.
American Forest Foundation––Project Learning Tree
1111 19th Street, N.W., Suite 780
Washington, DC 20036
Fax: (202) 463-2461
Project Learning Tree is sponsored nationally by the American Forest Foundation. A nonprofit educational and conservation organization developing, funding, and administering programs that encourage the long-term stewardship of our natural resources. The Foundation’s core programs are Project Learning Tree (PLT) and American Tree Farm System.
Project Learning Tree (PLT) is sponsored at the State level by a variety of State natural resource and education agencies. Crafted to meet State and national standards, PLT provides all the tools educators need to bring the environment into their classrooms––and their students into the environment. PLT’s supplementary curriculum guide, Project Learning Tree: Environmental Education Pre K-8 Activity Guide (96 multidisciplinary activities), focuses on the total environment: land, air, and water. It is local, national, and global in scope. The curriculum underscores PLT’s primary goal––to increase students’ understanding of our complex environment. PLT is designed to teach students how to think, not what to think, about environmental issues. The curriculum remains easily adaptable to many settings from the classroom to youth organizations, museums, nature centers, and Scout troops. Each activity features Reading Connections, and many activities have Technology Connections and Differentiated Instruction identified.
Two of the storylines in the Project Learning Tree: Environment Education Pre K-8 Activity Guide focus on energy. The first storyline highlights the concept that energy exists in different forms and comes from renewable and non-renewable sources. The second storyline emphasizes that societies use energy in many different ways and that human use of energy has short- and long-term social, economical, environmental, and health impacts. These energy storylines are comprised of 14 activities. PLT provides secondary education teachers with a series of topic-specific modules that challenge students to explore every facet of an issue—illustrating the complexity of real-life environmental decisions. In particular, PLT’s secondary education module, Exploring Environmental Issues: Municipal Solid Waste, helps students explore causes and solutions of this universal urban environmental issue.
PLT offers the Energy & Society kit—energy education materials at the Pre K-8 level. Students learn about their relationship with energy and investigate the environmental issues related to energy’s role in society. Energy & Society helps students develop critical thinking skills to make decisions about their personal energy use. In addition to hands-on activities, Energy & Society integrates music and dance to enhance the study of energy issues. The kit includes an activity guide with background information for educators, music CD, dance video, and poster set, and is available online at http://shop.plt.org, as well as through workshops. All PLT curricular materials are available through local workshops. Contact PLT for the name of the program coordinator in your state or visit the PLT website at www.plt.org for more information on all of PLT’s programs. 10
American Plastics Council (APC)
1300 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22209
Fax: (703) 741-6000
APC is a national trade association representing the nation’s largest resin producers, including monomer and polymer production and distribution. Founded in 1988, APC advocates unlimited opportunities for plastics and promotes their economic, environmental and societal benefits. Plastics: A World of Unlimited Opportunities. Plastics Make It Possible®.
APC has an interactive, online version of their Hands on Plastics: A Scientific Investigation Kit curriculum for grades 5-8, as well as the addition of a K-4 Curriculum. The curricula, found at www.teachingplastics.org, was developed in its original format in conjunction with the National Middle Level Science Teachers Association and features background information on plastics and polymers, multi-media examples of classroom activities, and ties to the National Science Education Standards. The information is also available on a CD-ROM. The free kit of supplemental materials for grades 5-8 curriculum can be ordered online, along with other APC publications. 15
American Solar Energy Society (ASES)
2400 Central Avenue, Suite A
Boulder, CO 80301
Fax: (303) 443-3212
Web: www.ases.org or www.solartoday.org
A national membership association dedicated to advancing the use of solar energy.
The American Solar Energy Society (ASES) is a nonprofit membership organization founded in 1954 to encourage the use of solar and renewable energy technologies to be a source of sound, broad technical knowledge and to provide a forum for addressing critical issues relating to these energy technologies. ASES publishes the magazine SOLAR TODAY; sponsors the annual National Solar Energy Conference and the Annual ASES National Solar Tour; and supports regional chapters throughout the country. ASES is the United States section of the International Solar Energy Society. ASES offers sample copies of its magazine, SOLAR TODAY. It has one science project book, Elementary and Secondary Science Projects in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, available for a fee. See www.ases.org or www.solartoday.org for more details and to download additional information. 17
City Utilities of Springfield, Missouri
301 E. Central
P.O. Box 551
Springfield, MO 65801
Fax: (417) 831-8324
City Utilities of Springfield (CU) is a progressive, community-owned utility serving the Springfield metropolitan area in southwest Missouri with electricity, natural gas, water, telecommunications and transit services.
Offers power station and renewable energy project tours, classroom presentations, an extensive speakers’ bureau, and a variety of energy management resources. City Utilities’ partnership with a local high school has become a model for other business and education partnerships. The partnership between CU employee volunteers and Central High School encourages young people to stay in school and facilitates the school-to-work transition for many students. 35
Colorado Energy Science Center (CESC)
1626 Cole Boulevard, Suite 375
Lakewood, CO 80401
(303) 216-2026, ext 101 (School Programs Office)
Fax: (303) 237-0992
A nonprofit organization specializing in energy education.
The Colorado Energy Science Center has developed the Energy Science in the Home Activity Guide, a set of hands-on modules that improve student proficiency in math and science while giving students the tools to identify energy efficiency opportunities in their own homes. CESC also organizes an annual contest where students compete for home energy efficiency upgrades for Colorado families.
Private sponsors donate cash, energy efficiency products and services as contest awards. The contest encourages students to articulate what they’ve learned and to become effective champions of smart energy. Formed by the three managing partners of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in 1999, CESC educates energy users to make smart investments in clean, cost-effective, sustainable energy technology. 36
104 Bridge Road
Salisbury, MA 01952-9904
Fax: (978) 463-1715
A publisher and distributor of educational materials about energy and related topics.
Produces booklets, educational websites, videos, posters, and program enhancement items for children and adults. Teacher discussion guides are also available. Utilities purchase and distribute these materials in their service areas; other organizations may purchase them directly. 39
EcoSoul/National Fuel Cell Education Program (NFCEP)
18051 Irvine Boulevard
Tustin, CA 92780
Fax: (714) 730-8902
Founded in 1993, EcoSoul, Inc. is a California 501(c)(3) nonprofit focusing on energy, education and the environment. EcoSoul is host to the National Fuel Cell Education Program, promoting ways in which our future hydrogen economy can be realized through practical, hands-on educational materials.
Our mutual programs are deeply involved in the adoption of renewable energy in our country and the implementation of effective energy technology programs through educating our youth about hydrogen systems, fuel cells, micro-turbines, wind and solar energy, ocean/tidal energy, biomass, biofuels, energy storage, transportation, energy efficiency programs and distributed power generation. 44
Edison Electric Institute (EEI)
701 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20004-2696
To order publications: (800) 334-5453
To fax an order: (301) 843-0159
EEI is the association of U.S. shareholder-owned electric companies, industry associates, and international affiliates worldwide.
EEI suggests that you first contact your local electric company for any educational materials. Many utilities have educational programs about energy and the environment for schools. EEI’s limited supply of educational and consumer resources are located in the Products and Services Section online at www.eei.org/products_and_services/descriptions_and_access/index.htm#Consumer-and-Educational-Resources. Publications are available for a fee. 45
Education Development Specialists
5328 E. 2nd Street, #512
Long Beach, CA 90803
Fax: (562) 434-7551
Web: EDSpecialists.com or ThinkEarth.org
Curriculum developers and distributors of energy and environmental education programs.
EDS offers the Energy Source Education Program and the Think Earth Environmental Education Program. Sponsors nationwide can purchase program units to provide free to schools. Units are also sold directly to teachers and others. Energy source units include People Power for grades 5 and 6. The award-winning Think Earth curriculum contains nine separate units, with videos, for students in pre-kindergarten through middle school. See the website for descriptions of each unit. 47
P.O. Box 1564, 1-6b
New Haven, CT 06506
Fax: (888) 214-5732
eesmarts is a one-of-a-kind energy education program that’s enlivening Connecticut students and educators alike.
eesmarts is a series of grade-specific curriculum units that use lively characters, exciting stories and hands-on activities to teach students all about energy and how to use it wisely. Created by a team of Connecticut certified educators, each curriculum unit integrates science, language arts, math, citizenship, abstract thinking and the scientific method. The lessons are flexible and interactive, and can be done in two days or two weeks depending on teacher preference and student interest. All lessons are reflective of the Connecticut Mastery Test, Connecticut Framework and National Science Standards. Curriculum units for Grades K-8 are available at NO COST to schools in the United Illuminating Company and the Connecticut Light and Power Company service territories through the Connecticut Conservation and Load Management Fund. 49
Energy Education Group
664 Hilary Drive
Tiburon, CA 94920
A nonprofit educational organization founded to increase awareness and understanding of renewable energy.
Energy for Keeps is an illustrated guide to electricity from renewable energy. A text for all, plus class activities and science standards correlations (California and national), for grades 6 through 12. Comprehensive, inter-disciplinary, inquiry-based. Information available at www.energyforkeeps.org. 50
39 Noble Street
West Newton, MA 02465
EnergyTeachers.org is a network of teachers and informal educators interested in energy curriculum, working in Massachusetts, New England, and beyond. The network is maintained by teachers who believe that energy production and use are increasingly important topics for classes in science, technology, engineering, and social studies. There are no membership fees. Any teacher can participate at any level in the organization.
EnergyTeachers.org maintains a web site with announcements, curriculum ideas, a calendar, an online forum for sharing ideas, and a bibliography of energy-related materials suited for the classroom or lesson-preparation. Our nonprofit connects busy teachers with free or inexpensive resources proven to work in the classroom. We visit schools for planning meetings with teachers, and we lend books locally (within ~150 km of our office). We occasionally conduct classroom presentations. EnergyTeachers.org also mails a newsletter free to educators nationwide, nine issues per year. Please send email or call us to find out what we can do for you. 52
Environmental Education Council of Ohio
PO Box 1004
Lancaster, OH 43130
Fax: (740) 653-6100
The Environmental Education Council of Ohio (EECO) is a nonprofit organization that provides cutting-edge environmental education services throughout the state to all educators. EECO has a mission to lead in facilitating environmental education that fosters global stewardship and a sustainable future for all Ohioans.
The Environmental Education Council of Ohio (EECO) is a membership based nonprofit organization that has been providing environmental education services to Ohio and surrounding states since 1967. Since that time we have grown tremendously, and currently provide direct contact throughout the state with Regional Directors in all twelve regions of the Ohio.
EECO proudly offers cutting-edge workshops, conferences, a quarterly newsletter, green papers and other services to K-12 formal and nonformal educators. EECO is currently branching out to provide services now to adult audiences, the business community, environmental organizations, community based groups, universities, the general public, and other underserved audiences. We hope that you will join us in promoting the value of environmental education for all Ohioans. 54
Community Initiatives Department
76 South Main Street
Akron, OH 44308-1890
Fax: (330) 761-4203
FirstEnergy Corp. is a registered holding company headquartered in Akron, Ohio. Its seven electric utility-operating companies comprise the Nation’s 4th largest investor-owned electric system, serving 4.3 million customers within 36,100 square miles of Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.
FirstEnergy’s energy education program provides math, science and technology grants and free supplemental resources to educators, youth group leaders, and civic organizations in the communities served by FirstEnergy and our operating companies–Ohio Edison, The Illuminating Company, Toledo Edison, Penn Power, Met-Ed, Penelec, and Jersey Central Power & Light–and where we have facilities. These resources can be ordered on our website at www.firstenergycorp.com/education/.
Check out the latest additions to our site and take a virtual tour of one of our coal generating plants. Without leaving your home, school or computer, you can take an amazing journey through a typical FirstEnergy coal-fired generating plant. Using digitized computer animation, visitors can go behind steel walls and see the inner-workings of complex machinery and systems that generate the electricity that powers your homes, schools and future workplaces. And, take a look at the Electric Avenue section of our site. This interactive site––offering a world of information on electrical safety, energy sources and efficiency––is designed to be an excellent classroom resource. Electric Avenue also features fun energy games and facts geared to all grade levels. 57
Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC)
6501 South Ocean Drive
Jensen Beach, FL 34957
(877) FPL-4FUN or (877) 375-4386 (toll free)
Fax: (772) 467-7565
A regulated investor-owned utility serving approximately four million customers in Florida.
FPL’s Energy Encounter is a free energy information center that offers interactive exhibits featuring fun and entertaining information about energy, electricity, magnetism and nuclear power. Visitors embark on a treasure hunt exploring the riches of energy to discover that a souvenir awaits all who find the answers to the energy-related questions. Hands-on educational programs designed to meet state science curriculum are offered throughout the school year for grades 1 through 12 (by reservation only). Teacher workshops are offered focusing on science education, energy, and nuclear related topics. On selected days, the College of Turtle is also open. Turtle walks are available in June and July. For more information, call FPL’s Energy Encounter toll-free at (877) FPL-4FUN or (877) 375-4386, or visit our website at www.fpl.com/encounter for directions, hours of operation, and upcoming special events. 58
Fuel Cells 2000
1100 H Street, N.W., Suite 800
Washington, DC 20005
Fax: (202) 785-4313
Fuel Cells 2000 is a nonprofit program to educate people around the world about the potential benefits of fuel cells, an advanced energy generation technology. Fuel cells combine hydrogen and oxygen electrochemically to produce energy. The only byproducts are water and useful heat.
Produces fuel cell information brochures and sends free information packets in response to requests from students, teachers, and the general public. Some publications include the Fuel Cells in Transportation brochure, the Fuel Cell Quarterly, the free monthly Fuel Cell Technology Update, and comprehensive charts (Fuel Cell Vehicles, Fuel Cell Buses, Fuel Cell Specialty Vehicles, Worldwide Hydrogen Fueling Stations, Worldwide Fuel Cell Installations).
The Fuel Cells 2000 website provides basic fuel cell information, as well as extensive links; FAQs, a news group; an online bibliography of books and articles; and a gallery of fuel cell product images. Fuel Cells 2000 has a Fuel Cell Career and Education Center with company job pages for professionals and educational resources, lesson plans, and experiments for teachers and students, as well as the Fuel Cell Match Maker, an online message board. 62
General Atomics Sciences Education Foundation
3550 General Atomics Court
San Diego, CA 92121-1194
Fax: (858) 455-3379
A high technology research and development center.
Offers information to middle and high school teachers and students regarding current U.S. and worldwide nuclear fusion research that is aimed at understanding plasma science and fusion technology and their roles in providing an energy resource for tomorrow’s needs. Available materials include a 20-minute video (Spanish, French, or English), Fusion: Creating a Star on Earth; STARPOWER, an interactive learning adventure CD; and a teacher resource guide packed with experiments and a workbook on the electromagnetic spectrum, plasma, and radiation. Classroom posters on fusion, radiation, and the electromagnetic spectrum are also available. These items are free while supplies last. Order online at the above website. 63
Geothermal Heat Pump Consortium
664 Hilary Drive
Tiburon, CA 94920
Fax: (415) 435-7737
A nonprofit educational organization serving teachers and students to increase awareness and understanding of geothermal energy.
Available for a fee are high school-and elementary school-level videos; an activity-packed geothermal curriculum for grades 4 through 8; and a set of classroom activities for grades 6 through 12 (free with purchase of video). A geothermal slide show (PPT) CD containing 122 colorful graphics and photos is also available for sale. See www.geothermal.marin.org. 64
Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
7558 Deer Road
Custer, WI 54423
Fax: (715) 592-6596
A grassroots private nonprofit educational organization dedicated to promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency through education and demonstration.
Offers special workshop series for teachers, children, and the general public. Hosts the Renewable Energy and Sustainable Living Fair every June in Central Wisconsin. This annual event features workshops, exhibits, speakers, a model home, renewable energy home tours, alternatively fueled vehicle showcase, entertainment, and more. Offers year-round workshops on renewable energy and energy efficiency. ReNews, a quarterly newsletter, is available for a minimal fee. 78
National Biodiesel Board
P.O. Box 104898
Jefferson City, Missouri 65110-4898
The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) is the nonprofit trade association representing the biodiesel industry as the coordinating body for biodiesel research and development in the U.S. The organization fills a vital role of public education for biodiesel, the fastest growing alternative fuel in the country. NBB is considered the leading source for biodiesel information in the U.S. State soybean commodity groups, who have funded biodiesel research and development programs for more than a decade, founded NBB in 1992. Since that time, NBB has developed into a comprehensive industry association, which coordinates and interacts with a broad range of cooperators including industry, government and academia. NBB’s membership is comprised of state, national, and international feedstock and feedstock processor organizations, biodiesel suppliers, fuel marketers and distributors, and technology providers. NBB represents all feedstocks (sources for biodiesel).
To provide support to teachers and students wanting to learn more about biodiesel in the classroom, NBB, as part of a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant, partners with the National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project to provide classroom activities, teacher training, and school district decision maker programs. 84
National Corn Growers Association (NCGA)
632 Cepi Drive
Chesterfield, MO 63005
Fax: (636) 733-9005
A federation of 46 affiliated state corn grower organizations actively representing the interests of producers of the nation’s top grain crop. Membership includes more than 32,000 growers in 48 states. NCGA’s mission is to create and increase opportunities for corn growers.
The organization provides teachers with a downloadable web-based educational program, Corn in the Classroom that illustrates corn as a reservoir of energy and a renewable substitute for products made from expendable fossil fuels. Additionally, the NCGA website includes links to its affiliate state corn-growing organizations, many of which have online education programs. Also, The World of Corn, an annual resource publication, a statistical look at corn markets and trends, is available for download from the website. The publication, which is free up to 25 copies, can be requested by contacting the organization. Additional copies are $3.00 per copy. 85
National Cotton Council of America
1918 North Parkway
Memphis, TN 38112
Fax: (901) 725-0510
The National Cotton Council is a nonprofit commodity organization representing 25,000 producers and processors of raw cotton. The organization is dedicated to strengthening the cotton industry’s ability to compete effectively and profitably in the raw cotton, oilseed, and manufactured product markets nationally and abroad.
The NCC provides a variety of downloadable and audiovisual materials on cotton (www.cotton.org), including a videotape about the highly successful and environmentally sound National Boll Weevil Eradication Program. The tape, primarily for grades 3 through 12, includes a 3-minute program aired on the Today’s Environment television series on the Discovery Channel. The eradication program uses an integrated approach for eliminating one of the U.S. cotton industry’s major pests, such as plowing down cotton stalks after harvest, the strategic placement of traps baited with pheromone (sex attractant), and the judicious application of crop protection products. 86
National Energy Education Development Project (NEED)
8408 Kao Circle
Manassas, VA 20110
Fax: (800) 847-1820
A national network of students, educators, and business, government and community leaders dedicated to the design and delivery of comprehensive, non-biased kindergarten through 12th grade energy education curriculum.
By meeting local, state, and national education standards, NEED programs provide students and teachers an opportunity to learn about energy through hands-on science, math, drama, social studies, art, and music.
Student leadership initiatives encourage students to work with their peers, teachers, family, and community to design energy education programming for their region. The curriculum package is a six- to nine-week unit and is widely adopted for use in the classroom.
Memberships are available to educators for little or no cost, based on availability of sponsorship, from NEED’s partners and sponsors. Participating educators receive the NEED Energy Kit with teacher guides to a variety of activities and a full portfolio of free items to complete their units based on their grade level. The materials include Energy Infobooks on the nation’s leading energy sources; curriculum guides that help teachers plan comprehensive units to include the science of energy, energy sources, electricity, efficiency and conservation; and many evaluation/assessment and reinforcement options.
New this year is a process technology activity completed in partnership with the Center for the Advancement of Process Technology to help students understand oil and natural gas exploration, production and refining.
An extensive selection of hands-on science kits to teach energy transformations, solar energy, energy efficiency, electricity, magnets, and hydrogen are available and often sponsored.
Workshops and conferences for teachers, students, and energy professionals are available throughout the year, and week-long summer training is offered annually. NEED’s website has resources to teach an entire NEED unit available in PDF and other formats.
The extensive curriculum, including Science Fair Projects, Transportation Fuels activities, Biodiesel and Ethanol curriculum, Hydrogen activities, energy efficiency for schools and more are available from NEED’s website, resource catalog, and at over 600 workshops each year. NEED’s newsletter Energy Exchange and its career newsletter Career Currents are available on the website and via mail.
For information about NEED Project programs, go to www.need.org. Also visit our Energy Information Administration partnership project, the EIA Kid’s Page, at www.eia.doe.gov/kids. 88
National Geographic Society
1145 17th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
Fax: (515) 362-3366
A nonprofit organization.
Publishes supplemental curriculum materials for kindergarten through 12th grades on electricity, energy efficiency/energy conservation, environment, geosciences/earth sciences, recycling, and water. Materials include GeoKits (thematic, multimedia teaching kits); Windows on Literacy and Reading Expeditions nonfiction books; videos; atlases; PicturePack transparency sets; and PictureShow CD-ROMs. Free catalogs are available upon request at (800) 368-2728. Free lesson plans and resources, as well as additional information about products, are offered at www.ngschoolpub.org and ww.nationalgeographic.com/education. 90
New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA)
17 Columbia Circle
Albany, NY 12203-6399
(518) 862-1090, ext 3303
(800) 658-5753 or (866) NYSERDA, ext 3303
Fax: (518) 862-1091
E-Mail: tat@NYSERDA.org or Trogers@NEED.org
NYSERDA’s holistic approach to energy-efficient schools invests in students, teachers, staff and school buildings and vehicles. Our goal is to create energy-aware students, teachers and facility managers, while creating an efficient, healthy and safe learning environment.
The Energy Smart Students Program provides K-12 curriculum materials in energy literacy, energy efficiency at home and school, and energy conservation. Materials are classroom-tested and aligned with New York State Learning Standards. Training workshops introduce teachers to the lesson plans and curriculum; free curriculum is available to teachers attending the workshops. A summer conference trains teachers to be Energy Educators for the program. Teachers may register for workshops and also download free material from NYSERDA’s website at www.GetEnergySmart.org. Mini-grants for teachers are available along with a free program newsletter: Energy Smarts.
School Power...Naturally provided working photovoltaic and data collection systems to 50 New York schools. Solar data collected from these 50 schools can be used in conjunction with 60 interdisciplinary lessons for students in grades 5-12. Both the solar data and the lessons are free and available to everyone at www.SchoolPowerNaturally.org.
Energy Smart Schools provides objective technical and financial assistance to eligible K-12 schools in New York. NYSERDA assists New York’s school administrators and facility managers to build and maintain school buildings that provide a safe, healthy and energy-efficient environment for learning. More information is available at www.nyserda.org/programs/school/. 99
North Carolina Solar Center
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC 27695
(800) 33NC-SUN (for North Carolina only)
Fax: (919) 515-5778
The North Carolina Solar Center serves as the state’s clearinghouse for solar energy programs, research information, education and technical assistance.
The North Carolina Solar Center is affiliated with the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University. The Center seeks to advance the use of solar energy through information and education programs and services. The NCSU Solar House, which is the education headquarters for the Center, is open to the public and provides educational resources for teachers and students. A computer displaying renewable energy CDs and other Solar Center resources is located in the Solar House demonstration and library area. Adjacent to the Solar House is the Alternative Fuels Garage, where ongoing research is being done on Photovoltaics, Hydrogen and Bio-Fuels. Our website provides a listing of our programs, workshops, special events, state and federal tax credits, fact sheets and other Solar Center resources. 102
Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA)
50 Miles Street, Suite 3
Greenfield, MA 01301
Fax: (413) 774-6053
The nation’s leading regional education and advocacy association that aims to accelerate the deployment and use of renewable energy, green buildings, and energy efficiency. NESEA produces major events that inspire and motivate large numbers of people to get involved and make a difference. Focus is on the northeastern United States (from Washington, DC to Maine).
Offers educational programs and resources that enable teachers and students to explore the science, technology, and potential of low-polluting, environmentally friendly, and secure energy options such as renewably-produced electricity, clean transportation fuels, alternative transportation systems, and healthy, efficient buildings. Several free publications are available from the website or can be ordered for the cost of shipping and handling. These include three middle school lesson sets, Getting Around Without Gasoline, Getting Around Clean & Green, and Travel Solutions to Global Warming; a high school unit on alternative fuels, Cars of Tomorrow and the American Community; and several elementary-level resources, Choose Your Future Adventure Game, Trip Tally: Discovering Environmental Solutions, and Totally Tree-Mendous Activities.
NESEA also develops resources for other organizations. For example, a middle school science unit on transportation and global warming and lessons that use mini solar-electric panels for hands-on inquiry of scientific principals. Both can be accessed from www.nesea.org. In addition, NESEA runs educational programs for teachers and students as follows:
1. Northeast Regional Junior Solar Sprint that invites middle school students to participate in a miniature solar car competition run by area coordinators from the mid-Atlantic, New England, and New York States;
2. Tour de Sol: The Great American Green Transportation Festival, the clean-vehicle championship that invites high school students to build an electric or hybrid vehicle and enter the event and also invites students of all ages to take a field trip to the event and receive a guided tour of the vehicles; and
3. training workshops, conferences, and summer institutes for teachers. 103
Ohio Energy Project (OEP)
670 Enterprise Drive, Suite A
Lewis Center, OH 43035
Fax: (614) 785-1731
A nonprofit energy education organization whose mission is to promote an energy-educated society and to facilitate youth leadership through effective partnerships with schools, businesses, government, and communities. OEP provides the complete energy education picture through hands-on, minds-on activities for teachers and students.
With a philosophy of Kids Teaching Kids, OEP facilitates workshops for elementary and middle school students led by high school student teams. These workshops focus on current, interdisciplinary, unbiased energy information and hands-on, authentic activities. Other workshop opportunities include: teacher professional development workshops including four-day Energy Sources Tours of Ohio’s energy sites; customized energy education programs featuring the science of energy; and new activities covering fuel cells and solar and nuclear energy.
An affiliate of the National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project, OEP offers a free partnership for Ohio educators. This partnership provides energy education materials, access to most workshops, and periodic updates on OEP information. 108
Propane Education & Research Council (PERC)
1140 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 1075
Washington, DC 20036
Fax: (202) 452-9054
The purpose of the Propane Education & Research Council is to promote the safe, efficient use of propane as a preferred energy source. With the passing of the Propane Education and Research Act (PERA) in 1996 by Congress, the industry conducted a referendum among propane producers and marketers, who overwhelmingly approved the formation of the Council. Through the Council, the propane industry is committed to improve consumer and employee safety, to fund research and development of new and more efficient propane equipment, and to expand public awareness of propane and its many uses and environmental advantages. The direction of the Council is guided by several documents, including the Propane Education and Research Act, the Council’s Policies, Rules, and Procedures, By-laws, and Strategic Plans. These documents and all Council documents are located in the Resource Library, at www.propanecouncil.org. You can also visit www.usepropane.com for information on the many uses of propane.
PERC develops a wide-range of materials for propane customers. Samples of the materials PERC produces are available for teachers to use. Teachers can learn more at www.propanecatalog.com.
Materials that may be of particular interest to educators are: Play it Safe Around Propane coloring book (item #0090), Be safe by Being Careful with your LP-Gas brochure (item #0008), Safety Tips for Users of Small Propane Cylinders brochure (item #0007), How’s Your Nose brochure (item #003120), Safe Grilling Tips bill stuffer (item #008501), Propane and Your Home: Understanding Propane Prices and Tips to Lower Your Energy Costs brochure (item # 8005), and 2005 Consumer brochure (item #008014). 115
Railroad Commission of Texas
P.O. Box 12967
Austin, TX 78711-2967
(512) 463-7110 (Alternative Energy materials)
Fax: (512) 463-7292 (Alternative Energy materials)
A state energy agency that regulates the oil and gas, alternative fuels, and surface mining industries in Texas. The Commission serves Texans by: its stewardship of natural resources and the environment, its concern for personal and community safety, and its support of enhanced development and economic vitality.
Provides educational materials free to Texas teachers (kindergarten through grade 10). Materials for primary grades are available on the Commission’s website (click on “Kids’ World”). These materials include interactive activities for younger children on energy and safety at home, at school, and outdoors.
The Commission’s Alternative Energy curriculum supplement for 6th through 10th grade science is available on the Commission’s website (click on “Energy Curriculum”). Free workshops for teachers using Alternative Energy are available from the Texas State Energy Conservation Office at www.seco.cpa.state.tx.us. 116
Renewable Fuels Association
One Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Suite 820
Washington, DC 20001
Fax: (202) 289-7519
A national nonprofit association promoting domestically produced renewable ethanol as an alternative to imported energy sources.
Provides general information and an Industry Annual on ethanol, a clean-burning, renewable transportation fuel produced from agricultural feedstocks and wastes. Additional information is available free of charge by visiting the website or calling the number above. 118
1719 N Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
Fax: (202) 785-1243
The mission of Science Service is to advance the understanding and appreciation of science among people of all ages through publications and educational programs. In addition to our educational programs. Science Service publishes the weekly news magazine, Science News, and the online www.sciencenewsforkids.org.
Science Service administers three educational programs. The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) is a competition for students in grades 9 through 12. Students participate in their regional and/or state ISEF-affiliated fair. Two individual student projects and one team project of up to three students (per fair) are chosen to participate in the Intel ISEF. Participants are eligible for scholarships, scientific field trips, summer research internships, and equipment. The Intel Science Talent Search is America’s oldest and most highly regarded science contest for high school seniors. To be eligible students must submit an individually researched project to enter this science competition. From the 300 semifinalists, 40 finalists will be chosen to attend the Science Talent Institute in Washington, DC, where students exhibit their research at the National Academy of Sciences and compete for the top prize of a $100,000 four-year scholarship. Deadline for the 2006-2007 program is November 15, 2006.
The Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge is a national science competition for 5th through 8th graders. Students win a nomination at their local, regional and/or state science fair and are eligible to complete a written entry in the national competition. Four hundred semifinalists are chosen and announced in August and the finalists are announced in September. In October the finalists travel to Washington, DC, for an all-expense-paid trip to compete for over $60,000 in scholarships and trips. For more information, please visit our website at www.sciserv.org. 121
14000 International Road
Cumberland, OH 43732
(740) 638-5030, ext. 2301
Fax: (740) 638-2287
The Wilds is a nonprofit organization working to advance conservation through education, science and personal experience.
With a remarkable 14-square miles of grassland, forest, lake and wetland habitats to explore, The Wilds can offer one of the most comprehensive conservation education programs in the region. The previously impacted landscape also presents an outdoor laboratory for ecology and ecosystem restoration like no other. Here students see the impacts of our lifestyles on the environment and yet can be instilled with a sense of hope for the future as they learn about the ways we can improve degraded habitats and get involved personally with wildlife and our shared environment. The wildlife research facilities, veterinary clinic, unique animal handling procedures, worldwide wildlife focus, and ‘out-in-it’ residential camps of The Wilds gives each student a holistic view of their responsibility for stewardship. The Wilds also prepares students to understand new technologies in the natural resource field and equips them to make wise decisions in the future use of our planet and its living resources. 128
Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)
Two Brattle Square
Cambridge, MA 02238-9105
Fax: (617) 864-9405
The Union of Concerned Scientists is the leading science-based nonprofit working for a healthy environment and a safer world. UCS combines independent scientific research and citizen action to develop innovative, practical solutions and to secure responsible changes in government policy, corporate practices, and consumer choices.
Established in 1969, we seek to ensure that all people have clean air, energy, and transportation, as well as feed that is produced in a safe and sustainable manner. We strive for a future that is free from the threats of global warming and nuclear war and a planet that supports a rich diversity of life. Sound science guides our efforts to secure changes in government policy, corporate practices, and consumer choices that will protect and improve the health of our environment globally, nationally, and in communities throughout the United States. In short, UCS seeks a great change in humanity’s stewardship of the earth. Materials for educators can be found at www.ucsusa.org/global_environment/global_warming/page.cfm?pageID=883. Reports and fact sheets can be downloaded from our website. 129
University of Washington - KidsZone
Jim Disbrow, IPT Chair
Gregory J. Crowther
Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Washington
Seattle WA 98195-2125
The KidsZone is a destination for both teachers of science and young people with energy, science, and technology homework.
From the perspective of energy as a “unifying concept”, the KidsZone offers information in an array of learning styles, including kid-friendly features like personas, games, quizzes, contests, knowledge trees, and a history of the greatest events and people in science. For both teachers-without-science-teacher-training and full-time science teachers, the age-graded instructional materials, index and topics are hot-linked. Knowledge strands for different levels of development (in the Knowledge Tree portion) and integrating topics (e.g., watersheds) put the various strands of science into an organized perspective. 131
U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Information Center (EERE IC)
P.O. Box 43165
Olympia, WA 98504
Fax: (360) 236-2023
Web: www.eere.energy.gov/kids and www.eere.energy.gov/education
A DOE-funded energy information service responding to public inquiries on the use of renewable energy and energy conservation.
The EERE Information Center provides general information on DOE’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Program. Information Center Staff direct the public to resources and publications available on the website at www.eere.energy.gov, which has easily accessible energy-related consumer information and an ordering catalog for publication requests. 137
U.S. Department of Energy - Hydrogen Program
1000 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20585
Fax: (202) 586-9811
The DOE Hydrogen Program supports the President’s Advanced Energy Initiative and seeks to advance the vision of a hydrogen economy.
The program is working with the automotive and energy industries, universities, national laboratories, international partners, and others to overcome critical technical barriers to developing commercially viable, emissions-free hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and the infrastructure needed to support their widespread use.
The program integrates hydrogen-related activities in the DOE Offices of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy; Fossil Energy; Nuclear Energy, Science, and Technology; and Science. Available educational resources, which are most appropriate for middle school and high school students, include teacher background information, lesson plans, hands-on classroom activities, and an animation to show how fuel cells work.
The program website also includes links to other hydrogen and fuel cell educational resources, as well as information about hydrogen and fuel cell programs at colleges and universities, for high school students interested in getting involved in the development of the hydrogen economy. 138
U.S. Department of Energy - Alternative Fuels Data Center
1617 Cole Boulevard, MS 1633
Golden, CO 80401
Fax: ((303) 275-4415
Alternative Fuels Data Center Web: www.eere.energy.gov/afdc/
Clean Cities Web: www.eere.energy.gov/cleancities/
The Alternative Fuels Data Center, sponsored by the Department of Energy (DOE), provides information about the alternative fuels and vehicles and advanced technology vehicles, as well as regulatory requirements, refueling locations, emissions, idle reduction technology, fuel economy and fuel blends.
Provides implementation and technical information on DOE’s Clean Cities Program, alternative fuel vehicles, and advanced technology vehicles. Provides information and technical assistance to both technical and casual users about a broad range of transportation topics. 143
U.S. Department of Energy - Office of Scientific & Technical Information (OSTI)
P.O. Box 62
Oak Ridge, TN 37831
Fax: (865) 576-5728
OSTI collects, preserves, and disseminates the scientific and technical information resulting from the Department of Energy’s (DOE) research and development activities, as well as environmental programs. The scientific and technical information produced through DOE and its predecessor agencies includes the bulk of recorded knowledge about nuclear energy as well as other energy and science disciplines related to DOE’s broad R&D missions.
OSTI provides access to energy, science, and technology information through publicly available Web-based systems, with supporting tools and technologies to enable information search, retrieval and re-use. The Energy Citation Database (www.osti.gov/energycitations) offers over 2 million bibliographic records of DOE scientific and technical information from 1948 to the present, with links to full text when available.
The DOE Information Bridge (www.osti.gov/bridge) provides access to over 121,000 fully searchable, full-text technical reports documenting the results of DOE-sponsored research. The E-print Network: Research Communications for Scientists and Engineers (www.osti.gov/eprints) provides single query searching of over 750,000 manuscripts, scholarly papers, and other scientific documents residing on approximately 20,000 Web sites, as well as a deep Web search across 52 major e-print databases. DOE R&D Project Summaries (http://www.osti.gov/rnd) contains information on more than 22,000 active DOE-sponsored research projects. EnergyFiles (www.osti.gov/EnergyFiles), the Energy Science and Technology Virtual Library, provides single-query access to over 500 databases and Web sites containing information and resources pertaining to science and technology of interest to DOE, with an emphasis on the physical sciences.
OSTI also hosts the FirstGov science portal, Science.gov (www.science.gov), in partnership with 16 organizations within 12 Federal science agencies. Science.gov provides a gateway to over 1,800 Web sites and offers deep Web searching of 30 databases containing R&D information. OSTI’s entire line of electronic products may be accessed through its home page at www.osti.gov, where users may search multiple databases with one query. 147
U.S. Department of Energy - Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
P.O. Box 999, Mail Stop K6-63
Richland, WA 99352
Fax: (509) 375-2576
A DOE-funded, multi-program national laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) puts science and technology to work to solve energy and environmental problems. PNNL focuses on research and development related to waste management, environmental restoration, global environmental change, energy, and national security.
Offers a variety of university and science programs that integrate research and education and support science education reform. Our education partnerships connect the human and technical resources of the Laboratory with students and teachers in elementary, middle, and high schools; technical/community colleges; and students and faculty at the university undergraduate and graduate levels. Provides opportunities for students and faculty to:
• participate in hands-on science and technology research as it is conducted in a research laboratory;
• participate in projects that investigate scientific and technological challenges; update technical skills and understanding, as well as renew enthusiasm for chosen scientific or engineering research; and
• work with Laboratory scientists and engineers in an interdisciplinary team environment; and use state-of-the-art equipment not commonly found in most schools or colleges/universities. 148
U.S. Department of the Interior - Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
1849 C Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20240
(202) 452-5078 (Environmental Education)
Fax: (202) 452-5199
An agency responsible for managing over 261 million surface acres, and 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate. BLM’s multiple-use mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands. The agency manages recreation, wildlife habitat, cultural and historic sites, scenic and wilderness areas, wild horse and burros, livestock grazing, timber harvesting, and energy and mineral development.
Offers a variety of educational energy-related programs and materials. Visit the website for programs available in your area, as well as educational products and presentations. 150
U.S. Department of the Interior - Minerals Management Service (MMS)
Office of Public Affairs
1849 C Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20240
Fax: (202) 208-3918
The MMS, part of the U.S. Department of the Interior, oversees 1.76 billion acres of the Outer Continental Shelf, managing offshore energy and mineral resources while protecting the human, marine, and coastal environments through advanced science and technology research. The OCS provides 30 percent of oil and 23 percent of natural gas produced domestically, and sand used for coastal restoration. MMS collects, accounts for, and disburses mineral revenues from Federal and American Indian lands, with Fiscal Year 2004 disbursements of approximately $8 billion and more than $143 billion since 1982. The Land and Water Conservation Fund, which pays for cooperative conservation, grants to states, and federal land acquisition, gets nearly $1 billion a year.
Provides K-12 educational materials related to energy, minerals, and the environment on America’s offshore public lands. Materials based on MMS science and research in geosciences; physical oceanography; engineering; marine biology; deep-sea ecosystems; marine archeology; and social sciences.
Materials include Ocean Energy, a resource and experiment booklet; Watts It To You?, a role-play on consumption, conservation, and renewable and nonrenewable energy sources; science-based educational posters and teacher companions; curricula based on real scientific application; inquiry-based classroom activities to promote critical thinking; and fun coloring activity pages. Most material is free upon request and/or available from the MMS Kids Page at www.mms.gov/mmskids. 151
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Headquarters Library, 3404T
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20460
Fax: (202) 566-0562
The Headquarters Library provides research assistance to EPA staff.
A limited amount of reference assistance is provided to the public about environmental issues and EPA programs. Members of the public are encouraged to submit their requests via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. 152
Westinghouse Electric Company
Employee Communications and Community Relations
P.O. Box 355, Mail Stop 5-20
Pittsburgh, PA 15230
Fax: (412) 374-3244
A company dedicated to providing high-quality products, services, technology, systems and management in nuclear energy.
Provides energy-related materials to all who are interested, especially to teachers and students who will make our energy decisions in the future. Materials available are: a simulated uranium fuel pellet; Nuclear Energy Basics booklet; Electricity from Nuclear Energy booklet; Nuclear Energy Glossary; and N-Vision Brochure. One copy of each booklet is available free of charge; however, there is a minimal fee for larger quantities. For more information, please contact Westinghouse Electric Company Employee Communications and Community Relations. 157
800 Nicollet Mall–29
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(651) 748-3329 Electric Safety Demonstrations
(612) 215-4621 Energy Safety Calendars
(800) 880-8463 Nuclear Energy Speakers
(303) 308-6111 Renewables and Wind Energy Speakers
(303) 671-3806 Classroom Connection
Xcel Energy, Minneapolis (formerly Northern States Power Company and New Century Energy), is a major combination electricity and natural gas company in the U.S., operating in 10 states—Colorado, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas and Wisconsin.
Xcel Energy provides FREE online energy education resources for grades 3–6 at www.xcelenergy.com (search for ‘education initiatives’). Energy Classroom (www.energyclassroom.com) includes games, activities and experiments on power sources, the environment, energy conservation, careers in energy and a virtual power plant tour. Other offerings include the Energy Safety Calendar and Art Contest and the Classroom Connection program for grades K–12 (available to educators in CO, TX, KS, NM, OK). 160