The Alliance to Save Energy
1850 M Street, NW, Suite 600
Washington DC 20036
Fax: (202) 331-9588
Energy Hog E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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. 3
The 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. 5
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. 9
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 Geological Institute (AGI)
4220 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22302-1502
Fax: (703) 379-7563
The American Geological Institute is a nonprofit federation of 44 geoscientific and professional associations that represents more than 100,000 geologists, geophysicists, and other earth scientists. Founded in 1948, AGI provides information services to geoscientists, serves as a voice of shared interests in our profession, plays a major role in strengthening geoscience education, and strives to increase public awareness of the vital role the geosciences play in society’s use of resources and interaction with the environment.
AGI disseminates information on earth science education through several mechanisms, including publications such as high-school curricula (EarthComm™) and middle-school curricula (Investigating Earth Systems™); and workshops and presentations for teachers and educators. Visit www.agiweb.org/education for more information. AGI also publishes Geotimes, a monthly news magazine (www.geotimes.org), and provides geoscience career information (www.agiweb.org/careers). During the second full week of October, AGI sponsors Earth Science Week to raise awareness about how the earth sciences affect our lives and society (www.earthscienceworld.org/week). The Earth Science World ImageBank (www.earthscienceworld.org/imagebank/) provides a library of geoscience images for free educational use. Earth Science Week Kits and other AGI publications are available on a secure website at www.agiweb.org/pubs. 11
American Nuclear Society
555 North Kensington Avenue
LaGrange Park, IL 60526
Fax: (708) 352-0499
Web: www.ans.org or www.aboutnuclear.org
A nonprofit scientific and educational organization of professionals in the field of nuclear science and technology.
Offers free publications (single copies) on nuclear energy and uses of the atom. Available materials include Nuclear Energy Facts Q&A, Nuclear Technology Creates Careers, and a Personal Radiation Dose Chart. A free publications list is available upon request by mail or electronic mail at email@example.com. Teachers may sign up for the free newsletter, ReActions, which contains articles on uses of the atom in everyday life and in each issue an “activity card” with a project for classroom use. Short workshops and sessions are held throughout the year at exhibits, conferences, in-service training, and by invitation. 12
P.O. Box 149
Oley, PA 19547
Fax: (610) 370-1978
An educational film distributor that offers the largest collection of energy videos and DVDs in the country.
Provides educational videos and DVDs on energy and energy-related issues. Titles include: Biogas from the Sea; Building the Brookhaven House; Design with the Sun; The Four Corners: A National Sacrifice Area?; How to Keep the Heat in Your House; Kilowatts from Cowpies: The Methane Option; Water Power; In Our Own Backyards: Uranium in the U.S.; Uranium; Small Is Beautiful: Impressions of Fritz Schumacher; Harness the Wind; Downwind/Downstream; Poison in the Rockies; Lovins on the Soft Path; Opening Your House to Solar Energy; Journey of the Blob; Wake Up Freddy; Going Green: How to Reduce Your Garbage; Recycling is Fun!; Rising Waters: Global Warming and the Fate of the Pacific Islands; Silent Sentinels; Global Warming: Turning Up the Heat; Turning Down the Heat: The New Energy Revolution; Living Under the Cloud: Chernobyl Today; Turning the Toxic Tide; Race for the Future; An Energy-Efficient Doghouse; Solar Energy Doghouse; City Lights; Rethink-Pollution Prevention Pays; Recycling With Worms; Planet Neighborhood; It’s Eco-Logic; Water and the Human Spirit; Here’s My Question: Where Does My Garbage Go?; Motor; Nuclear Dynamite; Save Our Land, Save Our Towns; The Next Industrial Revolution; Razing Appalachia; Rough Science Series: Sun and Sea; Biomimicry; Good Riddance! Air Pollution; Oil on Ice. Programs are available for purchase or rental. Special packages, with discounted prices, can be created to serve most schools’ needs. A free catalog is available upon request. 25
California Energy Commission
1516 9th Street, MS-29
Sacramento, CA 95814
Fax: (916) 653-5590
The California Energy Commission is the State’s principal energy planning organization, promoting a balanced and competitive energy system through its diverse programs.
Energy Quest, an online resource for students, teachers and parents, is dedicated solely to energy education and features information on renewable energy, conservation, safety, energy-related math and science experiments; word games; and links to other resources. Teachers and students will enjoy learning about electricity generation from You’ve Got the Power video, available on Energy Quest or on VHS or CD format. A perfect partner with the Teacher’s Guidebook Energy for Keeps - Electricity from Renewable Energy is available online.
The Energy Commission also provides energy and environmental education material on-line for teachers - kindergarten through grade 12 - including Compendium for Energy Resources (curriculum evaluation); Universal House; Energy Shelter & the California Indian; Conserve and Renew. The Energy Commission’s Consumer Energy Center, www.consumerenergycenter.org, provides information for older students on renewable technologies, lighting, passive design, transportation, and building materials.
Renewable Energy Alliance
Sacramento, CA 95814
The California Energy Commission, as part of a statewide renewable energy education program, has formed the Renewable Energy Alliance, a voluntary partnership of organizations connected to California’s renewable energy market. Alliance members combine their efforts to increase consumer awareness of renewable energy sources. As of February 2005, there are 254 individual members from 183 member organizations representing federal, state, regional, community, public, private and/or grassroots renewable energy organizations who have joined the Alliance. 26
Charles Edison Fund
One Riverfront Plaza, 3rd Floor
Newark, NJ 07102
Fax: (973) 648-0400
A charitable foundation providing science teachers with simple, basic, proven fun experimental booklets containing 82 experiments.
Provides The Best of Edison Science Teaching Kits, which are available to teachers. Each kit contains nine how-to booklets based on experiments of Thomas Edison and other scientists. These are suitable for grades 4 through 8. Titles include: Energy for the Future; Useful Science Projects; Environmental Experiments; Selected Experiments and Projects; Nuclear Experiments; Energy Conservation; Alternative Energy Sources; Static Electricity — It’s a Snap; and Lewis Howard Latimer Experiments. There is a small fee for handling charges. Write for coupon to receive this kit. These experiments are also located at the above website, which can be downloaded free of charge. 33
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
Denver Earth Science Project
Office of Special Programs & Continuing Education
Colorado School of Mines
Golden, CO 80401
(800) 446-9488, ext 3621 (outside 303 area code)
Fax: (303) 273-3314
A teacher enhancement program, in partnership with corporations, federal agencies, school districts, and professional organizations, which provides innovative earth science curricula for use in grades 4 through 12.
Provides, for a fee, a series of educational workshops that address a range of earth science topics developed by trained curriculum development teams, including experienced earth science teachers and practicing scientists. The hands-on student activities included in each module incorporate real data and follow a problem-solving approach. Each module integrates mathematics, geography, economics, and social and environmental issues with basic earth science concepts.
The modules are:
• Oil and Gas Exploration (Grades 7-12)
• Ground Water Studies (Grades 7- 9)
• Paleontology and Dinosaurs (Grades 7- 9)
• Energy—A Closer Look at Oil and Gas (Grades 4 - 6)
• Do You Know Your 3 R’s? Radiation, Radioactivity, and Radon (Grades 7-10)
Each module contains a teacher resource kit, which includes a teacher/student notebook, maps, audiovisual materials, posters, oil samples, groundwater models, etc. Call to find out the location of the nearest training site. 40
Disney Educational Productions
105 Terry Drive, Suite 120
Newtown, PA 18940
Fax: (215) 579-8589
Disney Educational Productions develops and distributes entertaining and thought-provoking videos that excite children of all ages to learn about a variety of subjects.
Offers educational videos (some titles on DVD as well) on energy, the environment, earth science, recycling, and water. Curriculum-oriented videos come with discussion guides and lesson plans. Titles include:
• Bill Nye the Science Guy shows, such as Garbage, Pollution Solutions, and The Water Cycle. Other relevant Bill Nye titles: Atmosphere, Atoms, Biodiversity, Earth’s Crust—Earth Science Archaeology, Electrical Current, Energy, Erosion, Forests, Fossils, Lakes & Ponds, Oceanography, Rivers & Streams, Rocks & Soil, Simple Machines, Static Electricity, The Sun, Volcanoes, Waves, Wetlands, and Wind
• Return to Sender: A Story About Littering
• Recycle Rex (starring Disney’s hip animated recycling dinosaur)
• The Energy Savers (starring Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse, and Goofy)
• Zort Sorts: A Story About Recycling
• The Great Search — Man’s Need for Power and Energy
Bill Nye, the Science Guy, is now available on DVD. The DVDs include a Bi-Lingual (Spanish) mode, Interactive Science Quiz and Glossary, Bonus Footage and extended 20-page Teacher’s Resource Guide.
New ABC News Classroom Edition video series includes one curriculum set entitled The Final Frontier concerning the space program. The individual titles in this set are: The Race to the Moon, The Shuttle Era, To Mars and Beyond, and Space Age Technology. Programs are available for purchase. Call the toll-free number to request a free catalog. 41
Dominion Resources, Inc.
North Anna Nuclear Information Center
1022 Haley Drive
Mineral, VA 23117
Fax: (540) 894-0379
Surry Nuclear Information Center
5570 Hog Island Road
Surry, VA 23883
Fax: (757) 357-4711
Dominion is one of the nation’s leading energy companies, serving more than 5 million retail energy customer accounts in nine states. As one of the nation’s largest producers of natural gas and electric power, Dominion operates seven nuclear reactors in three states, Virginia, Connecticut and Wisconsin.
We live in a wired world. Electricity is vital to everyday life––powering everything from computers to air conditioners, lighting our homes and running our factories. Nuclear energy produces electricity for one in five homes and businesses, the largest emission-free source of energy used in the United States. To provide you with facts concerning nuclear energy and electricity, Dominion operates Energy Information Centers at both of its nuclear power stations in Virginia. The North Anna and Surry Nuclear Information Centers offer interactive exhibits as well as high-energy presentations for groups of all ages.
Educational programs (scheduled in advance) are provided free of charge and are designed to meet the Virginia Department of Education’s Standards of Learning (SOLs). All programs are tailored to the needs of your group, no matter the age or experience level. These programs are offered to you as a field trip to one of our Centers, or as an Outreach Program in your classroom. Contact us for a list of our Energized Programs and to schedule the experience that will meet the energy educational needs of your students. 42
Educational 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
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
302 West Hill Street, Suite 102
Champaign, IL 61820
(877) 359-ENET (3638)
Fax: (217) 359-9446
A nonprofit organization offering standards-based, technology-enriched classroom projects for a moderate fee.
EnergyNet offers teaching material appropriate for all grade levels. Elementary students enjoy finding ways for their homes and schools to save energy through our Energy Detectives project. Home Energy Makeover is designed for students in Math and Family & Consumer Sciences classes (grades 5-12). This six-week unit incorporates economics, technology, teamwork and presentation skills. Students will learn to manage a home energy budget, reduce a home’s energy use while increasing comfort, make cost-effective energy remodeling choices and present their suggestions in compelling ways.
Students in grades 6 through 12 have three additional choices: Energy Auditing provides a great background on the many ways students can reduce the costs of energy in their homes and schools; Community Energy Consultants assists students in sharing this knowledge with their community by conducting energy audits on any number of local buildings; and Energy Engineers involves students in the process of designing energy efficiency into school renovation and construction programs. To learn more about the hands-on projects and activities, visit www.energynet.net. 51
Enterprise for Education, Inc.
1316 Third Street, Suite 103
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Fax: (310) 394-3539
Offers booklets for primary and secondary school science classes free from many electric utilities.
Contact the education specialist at your local electric utility. Materials also may be purchased directly from the publisher. A catalog is available. Supplies a variety of 8-, 16- and 32-page Energy and Environmental Skill Builder color booklets.
Teachers can create short-to-comprehensive units based on the subject and grade level. The following are available:
• Environment – Using Our Resources Wisely (grades 2 through 4); The Greenhouse Effect and Global Warming (grades 6 through 12); Percentages Help an Environmental Engineer (grades 6 through 8); and The Clean Air Challenge, 32 pages with video and science experiment kit (grades 8 through 10)
• Conservation – Efficiency of Electric Appliances (grades 6 through 10); Climate and Comfort (grades 6 through 12); Is Efficiency the Best Energy Source? (grades 9 through 12); King Barkley’s Almost Birthday Disaster, 32-page booklet plus 11-minute sing-along CD (grades kindergarten through 5); and Electricity is in the News (grades 4 through 8)
• Nuclear Energy – Nuclear Reactor (grades 8 through 12); The Atom and Radiation (grades 6 through 12); and Nuclear Fuel Cycle (grades 8 through 12)
• Fossil Fuels – Coal: The Once and Future King? (grades 6 through 9); Natural Gas (grades 6 through 12); Geology of Oil (grades 6 through 12); and Refining Oil (grades 8 through 12); Safe at Home; and Leo Learns How to Use Natural Gas Wisely (Grades 4-8, 16-pages).
• Electricity – Mouse House Surprise, a 32-page teacher big book and student little book (safety) (grades kindergarten through 2); Sam and Jody Save the Circus (safety) (grades 2 and 3); Paths for Electricity (safety) (grades 3 through 5); Energy Transformations (grades 4 through 9); Generating Electricity (grades 5 through 9); Sources of Electricity (grades 5 through 9); Demand for Electricity (grades 6 through 9); Working With Energy Graphs (grades 6 through 12); Measuring Helps an Electrician Wire an Apartment (grades 4 through 6); An Electrical Engineer Plans an Electrically Safe Outdoor Concert (safety) (grades 5 through 9); Electricity from Wind, Water & Sunlight (grades 4 through 8), that includes a lab activity kit; and Risk: Taking Chances, Making Choices (grades 6 through 10)
• Waste Management – Hazardous Wastes from Homes, 40 pages and a 48-page teacher’s guide (grades 9 through 12)
• Water – The Day the Water Stopped teacher big book and student little book (grades kindergarten through 2). 53
The 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 Power and Light Company (FPL)
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
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
Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc.
Education and Consumer Affairs Division
900 Richards Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
Fax: (808) 543-7412
An investor-owned electric utility that serves the island of Oahu, in the State of Hawaii.
Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) and its subsidiaries, Maui Electric Company and Hawaii Electric Light Company, provide free teaching materials to kindergarten through 12th grade educators located on the islands of Oahu, Maui and Hawaii. Services include free books and school-based presentations, as well as loaning of CD ROMs, DVDs and videos related to electrical safety, basic electricity, energy conservation, renewable energy, and careers in the electric utility industry; HECO also supports educational programs, such as the Solar Sprint––a miniature solar model car project for middle school students; Sun Power for Schools––schools are provided photovoltaic systems and curriculum based lessons on renewable energy and photovoltaics; FIRST Lego League where students build a non-remote robot using Legos and science and engineering skills to compete in a friendly robotics event and the Kids and Teachers webpage at www.heco.com that provides students and teachers alike with electrifying information. For details on these programs, visit www.heco.com and go to Generation e. 66
Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
645 N Michigan, Suite 990
Chicago, IL 60611
The Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) is a collaborative network whose purpose is to advance energy efficiency in the Midwest in order to support sustainable economic development and environmental preservation.
MEEA administers the Lights for Learning Program, a school fundraiser, which currently takes place in Illinois, and may expand to other Midwest states in the near future. MEEA also offers several rebates throughout the year on ENERGY STAR qualified products. Check for updates at www.mwalliance.org. 77
Minnesota Department of Commerce—Energy Division
85 7th Place East, Suite 500
St. Paul, MN 55101
1 (800) 657-3710
Fax: (651) 297-7891
The State Energy Office provides a broad range of energy information to the general public. The State Energy Office also promotes energy efficiency and sustainable energy resource and technology development in Minnesota.
Provides a wide range of energy conservation materials for the general public. Educational materials are targeted to residential, commercial, and industrial audiences. This information is designed to encourage specific conservation practices and to increase public awareness of energy and energy-related issues. Some of these free materials may be appropriate for students in grades 6 through 12. The Department’s Energy Information Center has a full-time staff to provide individualized responses to consumers’ energy-related questions. All printed materials and software are available through our website. 80
National Energy Education Development––The NEED Project
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 Propane Gas Association (NPGA)
1150 17th Street, N.W., Suite 310
Washington, DC 20036-4623
Fax: (202) 466-7205
NPGA is the national trade association of the propane industry.
Propane Education & Research Council (PERC)
1140 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Suite 1075
Washington, DC 20036
Fax: (202) 452-9054
PERC promotes the safe, efficient use of propane as a preferred energy source. Fact sheets, consumer safety brochures with a scratch and sniff feature, coloring books, and industry safety videos are available online at www.propanecatalog.com. Additional information is available on both organizations’ websites. Homeowners can compare the cost of energy prices on www.usepropane.com. 93
National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
4301 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22203
Web: www.nreca.org or www.nreca.coop
A service organization representing the nation’s more than 900 nonprofit consumer-owned cooperative electric systems, which provide electric service to more than 36 million people in 47 states.
NRECA publishes both a weekly newspaper and a monthly magazine covering electric co-op and industry issues. Congressional testimony, regulatory filings, press releases, and other public records are available online on the website at www.nreca.coop. 94
Nebraska Public Power District
Energy Education Team
P.O. Box 499
Columbus, NE 68602-0499
Fax: (402) 586-5166
A public utility servicing the electric needs of its customers, with a chartered territory including all or parts of 91 of Nebraska’s 93 counties.
Provides educational services free of charge to schools and civic groups in the utility’s service area. Services include electrical safety assemblies, Louie the Lightning Bug presentations, classroom programs and speakers, films/videos, tours of power plants and other facilities, and literature for students and teachers in all grades. Also provides information on Nebraska Public Power District’s Environmental and Energy management/conservation issues. Materials are available upon request for groups and individuals in the utility’s service area. 98
New York State Energy Research and 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
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
Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI)
1776 I Street, N.W., Suite 400
Washington, DC 20006-3708
Fax: (202) 785-4019
The nuclear energy industry’s Washington-based policy organization.
Provides a variety of publications on nuclear energy issues, including the benefits of electricity generated by nuclear power, public opinion data on nuclear energy, and statistical data on nuclear energy. Complimentary packets of material on nuclear energy are available for students and teachers. For more information, contact the NEI Publications Office. 105
Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS)
6930 Carroll Avenue, Suite 340
Takoma Park, MD 20912
Fax: (301) 270-4291
A nonprofit information and networking center for citizens and environmental organizations concerned about nuclear power, radioactive waste, radiation, and sustainable energy issues.
Furnishes fact sheets on nuclear waste, safety, general information, and alternative energy. Single copies are available. The NIRS Energy Audit Manual: How to Audit Campus & City Buildings is available for postage and handling; includes chapters on lighting efficiency, heating, and air conditioning designed to help students calculate energy and cost savings for their school (high school and above). Current information on the nuclear industry and events is available, as well as a catalog of related articles. 106
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
Omaha Public Power District
Consumer Relations Department
444 South 16th Street, 3E/EP1
Omaha, NE 68102-2247
Fax: (402) 636-3922
A public utility serving the electric needs of customers in eastern Nebraska.
Provides educational services free of charge to schools in the utility’s service area. Services include classroom programs and speakers, career planning information, films/videos, tours of power plants and other facilities, and literature for students and teachers in all grades. Also provides information on Omaha Public Power District’s Buddy Alert and Safetysaurus Programs. All materials are available upon request. 111
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
Science Screen Report (SSR)
1000 Clint Moore Road
Boca Raton, FL 33487-2806
1 (800) ASK-INFO
Fax: 1 (888) FAX-3737
The award-winning videotape series made available to schools free of charge through corporate support.
Science Screen Report is an ongoing series of secondary and elementary videos that focus on the most recent developments in technology, chemistry, engineering, energy, medicine, and the environment. Produced since 1970, SSR is a proud participant in the National Science Foundation’s Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. SSR is designed to stimulate student interest in the challenges, opportunities, and rewards of pursuing science-related careers. The programs are used nationwide by more than 7,000 school districts. The donated materials become the permanent property of the school system. Available on VHS, DVD, or streaming video. Visit www.ssrvideo.com to request a corporate sponsor. 120
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
Solar Now, Inc.
100 Sohier Road
Beverly, MA 01915
Fax: (978) 927-9191
A national nonprofit organization providing education about all forms of renewable energy to teachers, students, environmentalists, and sustainability enthusiasts.
Solar Now’s field study center is based at one of the nation’s oldest and largest photovoltaic sites, which also hosts a 10-kW windmill and interactive classroom. The site is undergoing major enhancements and opened in June 2005 as GREENERGY PARK, a Renewable Energy Technology Eco-Tourist Destination. (See website for details.) Field trips may be arranged by calling the above number. Solar Now provides programs for students and educators seeking hands-on renewable energy education, including: comprehensive teacher education workshops, summer internships for college students, student conferences, and a library of renewable energy activities. A desktop publication, A Curriculum Framework for Education in Environmental and Renewable Energy Science: Grades Pre-Kindergarten through 1st Year College, is available for a small fee. 126
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––Argonne National Laboratory (ANL)
Division of Educational Programs
9700 South Cass Avenue
Argonne, IL 60439
Fax: (630) 252-3195
A DOE-funded, multi-purpose national laboratory providing programs to promote science careers and improve science education.
Provides continuing programs for teachers as follows:
1. The Argonne Community of Teachers, a local organization of teachers who have participated in Argonne programs in the past and who continue to work with the Laboratory to improve science education for schools in the Chicago area;
2. The laboratory Science Teacher Professional Development Program provides simulated research opportunities and curriculum development and networking for twenty teachers during the summer. The program is of four weeks duration and held at Argonne National Laboratory; and
3. NEWTON, The Science Teachers Bulletin Board, which offers a place where teachers and students can discuss education and ask questions of practicing scientists. The bulletin board is at www.newton.dep.anl.gov. Website for all three programs: www.dep.anl.gov. See section Science, Technology and Education - Precollege Programs. 134
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––Los Alamos National Laboratory
Science Education Program Office
P.O. Box 1663, MS M709
Los Alamos, NM 87545
Fax: (505) 665-6871
A DOE-funded national laboratory.
Los Alamos National Laboratory offers elementary- through university-level educational programs for students, teachers, and the public. They include teacher programs, student programs, internships, and postdoctoral appointments. Topics include: educational technology, curriculum and resources, public understanding of science, and diversity programs. Some programs are national in scope, while others are regional or local. Each of the programs is described on our website listed above.
Available products include:
1. Science at Home, a book of science experimental activities for elementary and middle school students and parents to complete together using commonly available materials. (The Billerica, MA 01862, phone (508) 667-8000, fax (508) 667-5706, toll free (800) 225-0248, the book was published in 1997 and its ISBN is 0-7609-0236-4);
2. Hydrogen and the Materials of a Sustainable Energy Future, a notebook of experiments and demonstrations for teachers that were presented at the National Educator’s Workshop: UPDATE 96;
3. Model Nets, a National Study of Computer Networking in K-12 Education and Model Nets Guide, a guide to implementing networking technology in K-12 education;
4. Seventh Generation, Environment, Safety, and Health at Los Alamos National Laboratory: A Report to Our Communities; and
5. Fuel Cells — Green Power. 139
U.S. Department of Energy––National Energy Information Center (NEIC)
Energy Information Administration
1000 Independence Avenue, S.W., EI-30, Room 1E-238
Washington, DC 20585
Fax: (202) 586-0727
Web: www.eia.doe.gov and www.eia.doe.gov/kids/
NEIC is the information dissemination service of DOE’s Energy Information Administration, which is responsible for developing energy data, analyses, and forecasts that help enhance public understanding of energy issues.
Available free of charge is the Energy INFOcard, a quick reference providing the most recent annual domestic and international energy data; Energy Education Resources: Kindergarten through 12th Grade; a series of primers on topical energy subjects: propane prices, residential heating oil prices, residential natural gas prices, gasoline prices, greenhouse gases, global climate change, and the restructuring of the electric power industry; and a free mini CD-ROM business card. All products are available on EIA’s website, which also features the EIA Kid’s Page (www.eia.doe.gov/kids/); hundreds of links to other energy-related sites; an email subscription and notification service for EIA press releases; a series of energy watches, synopses, summaries, and briefs; an energy quiz; an energy calendar listing schedules for future EIA publications and other energy events; and EIA publications and databases covering the various energy sources. 140
U.S. Department of Energy––National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Office of Education Programs
1617 Cole Boulevard, MS 1713
Golden, CO 80401
Fax: (303) 275-3076
NREL is a Department of Energy national laboratory that develops renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies and practices; advances related science and engineering; and transfers knowledge and innovations to address the nation’s energy, security, and environmental goals.
NREL’s Office of Education Programs develops and implements science programs that engage the young minds of our future leaders, scientists, and engineers encouraging all to use and develop renewable energy resources. In addition, NREL’s undergraduate internship programs connect research to science and technology education, which inspires students to explore sustainable energy solutions to meet our future needs.
NREL supports kindergarten through 12th grade science education and undergraduate research focusing on energy efficiency and renewable energy, including managing and supporting numerous local and national science programs for both students and teachers. Programs include an after school 4th grade science literacy program, middle school junior solar sprint/hydrogen fuel cell model car competition, high school science bowl, science teacher professional development, summer research programs for pre-service and practicing teachers, and assistance for students and teachers looking for information, project ideas, lessons, and reference materials on renewable energy and energy efficiency topics. 142
U.S. Department of Energy––National Renewable Energy Laboratory––Alternative Fuels Data Center (AFDC)
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 Civilian Radioactive Waste Management
Las Vegas Yucca Mountain Information Center
4101B Meadows Lane
Las Vegas, NV 89107
Fax: (702) 295-5222
The Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management (OCRWM) is a Federal program established to manage and dispose of the Nation’s spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste.
Furnishes an online curriculum, “Science, Society, and America’s Nuclear Waste,” at www.ocrwm.doe.gov/pm/program_docs/curriculum.shtml. The four-unit curriculum is currently being updated. It is designed for use in grades 8 through 12. Also available online is general information, including fact sheets and brochures, on the Civilian Radioactive Waste Management Program and the Yucca Mountain Project. To forward a question, use the “questions and remarks” page at www.ocrwm.doe.gov/contact/comments.shtml. 144
U.S. Department of Energy––Office of Nuclear Energy
Nuclear Facilities Management, NE- 40
19901 Germantown Road
Germantown, MD 20874
Fax: (301) 903- 0180
Public Information Office for the Office of Nuclear Energy. Responds to public inquiries about the commercial nuclear energy industry and DOE’s nuclear research and development programs.
Offers energy educational materials, including historical and current factual data, on nuclear energy. Pamphlets discuss such issues as the nuclear fuel cycle and civilian uses of nuclear energy. Available publications include: The History of Nuclear Energy, Atoms to Electricity, The Harnessed Atom—both student and teacher versions for grades 7 through 9—and several others. Also provides an educational videotape on nuclear power. All publications are free. 146
U.S. Department of Energy––Office of Scientific and 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)
Science & Engineering Education (S.E.E.)
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. 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
Wisconsin Public Service Corp. (WPSC)
700 North Adams Street
P.O. Box 19001
Green Bay, WI 54307
Fax: (920) 433-5741
Provides electricity, natural gas, and energy products to more than 499,000 customers in an 11,000 square-mile area of Northeast Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. In addition to our corporate headquarters in Green Bay, we operate fossil and hydroelectric generating plants and have 19 customer centers throughout our service territory.
Provides an array of FREE energy-related presentations, publications, and web links for kindergarten through grade 12 educators in the WPSC service area. The materials emphasize electric and gas safety, energy management, protecting the environment, and renewable energy. Some of the special features include teacher and student tours, scholarship information, career exploration opportunities, energy fairs, speaker’s bureau, teacher workshops, and electric car demonstrations. Contact WPSC for a complete list of educational offerings. Please visit our website at www.wpsr.com. 158
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