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. 2
The 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. 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 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. 6
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 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
American Water Works Association (AWWA)
6666 West Quincy Avenue
Denver, CO 80235
Fax: (303) 795-1989
AWWA is the authoritative resource for knowledge, information, and advocacy to improve the quality and supply of drinking water in North America and beyond. AWWA is the largest organization of water professionals in the world. AWWA advances public health, safety and welfare by uniting the full spectrum of the entire water community. Through our collective strength we become better stewards of water for the greatest good of the people and the environment.
Offers educational materials for sale designed to teach young people about water treatment, distribution, and conservation. Materials include activity books, teacher’s guides, comic-style books, compact disks and videos. Call for a free catalog and visit the website for additional materials. 18
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
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
Channing Bete Company
One Community Place
South Deerfield, MA 01373
Fax: 1 (800) 499-6464
A publishing firm specializing in scriptographic products. Most utilities provide them to schools in their service territories free of charge; however, the booklets are available for a fee.
Offers My Book series, designed for students in kindergarten and grade 1; Coloring and Activities Books for students in grades 1 through 3; and Information and Activities Books for students in grades 4 through 6. Water, electric and energy conservation stickers and growth charts are also available. Contact your local utility for availability or call the above number. Provides educational services fulfillment for utilities. Please call for pricing, a catalog, and a free sample. 32
The Chlorine Chemistry Council® (CCC)
1300 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22209
Fax: (703) 741-6821
The Chlorine Chemistry Council®, a business council of the American Chemistry Council, provides information to the public regarding chlorine and promotes the practice and understanding of the responsible use of chlorine chemistry.
The Science Center is a user-friendly site with a variety of fun, educational offerings focused on chlorine science, including:
• Water Germs Busted by Chlorine and Swimming Pool Germs Busted by Chlorine—Downloadable coloring/activity books featuring the adventures of The Chlorin8tor and Little Hector, The Disinfector superheroes who teach students the value of chlorine disinfection while imparting an appreciation of simple microbiology.
• The Chlorine Compound of the Month—Informative, illustrated articles on a different chlorine compound each month, including interesting facts and basic chemical principles.
• The Global Bug Conspiracy—A creative learning tool that “vilifies” some of the most common waterborne pathogens as “mischievous microbes” that are defeated by chlorine disinfection. 34
City Utilities of Springfield, MO
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
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
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
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
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
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
Environmental Hazards Management Institute (EHMI)
10 Newmarket Road
P.O. Box 932
Durham, NH 03824
Fax: (603) 868-1547
An independent, nonprofit environmental, health and safety education and research institute working to promote environmental responsibility at home, in the workplace, and in the community through education and relationship building.
Offers environmental, health and safety education and outreach materials for adults and children. Topics include recycling/buy recycled; energy efficiency/conservation and indoor air quality; household chemical product management; water quality; lead poisoning prevention; used oil recycling; composting; and more. The balanced, well-researched information is offered in a variety of formats, including enviro-wheels (slide-charts); tabloid publication for school children; book covers; color-in activity books; color-in posters; and videos. There is a fee for all educational materials. Discounts are available on bulk orders. Free price list. 55
80 Northwest Boulevard
Nashua, NH 03063
Fax: (877) 256-3739
A full-line supplier of educational materials, equipment and supplies for science, designed for students from kindergarten through college.
Offers a general science catalog that includes over 100 pages of products for earth science and ecology study. Product line consists of books, charts and posters, videos and video discs, software, kits, games, manipulatives, general supplies and equipment, and more. Products are available for a fee; catalog is free of charge. 61
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 Education Office
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
21 West Church Street
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Fax: (904) 665-7386
JEA is the eighth largest municipal utility in the country, providing electric, water, and sewer services to its customers. The JEA electric system currently serves more than 360,000 customers in Jacksonville and parts of three adjacent counties. JEA’s water system serves more than 240,000 water customers and 186,000 sewer customers, or more than 80 percent of all water and sewer utility customers in northeast Florida.
JEA provides free energy, sewer and water educational booklets to schools within the JEA service area. Services include student and teacher materials for kindergarten through grade 12; speakers; teacher workshops and programs with affiliates Tree Hill Nature Center and the JEA Science Theatre and AquaExpo at the Museum of Science and History. This exhibit is made up of two parts - the JEA Science Theatre and the AquaExpo. Kids visiting the theatre will participate in interactive science shows and learn about scientific theories as they relate to electricity and electrical safety. The AquaExpo focuses on the scarce and precious nature of water and how we can do our part to conserve it. 71
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
National Council on Economic Education
1140 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036
Fax: (212) 730-1793
The National Council on Economic Education is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating students in the principles of economics and personal finance. Visit our website or contact us for information on teacher resource manuals, student activity books, and curriculum development materials to assist educators in the K-12 classroom.
The following lessons are offered for a nominal fee. They can be reviewed on the website:
Economics and the Environment—Helps high school students understand the crucial relationship between activity and environmental protection. Activities include courses in environmental studies, economics, natural sciences, social issues, and global issues. Classroom-tested lessons give students insight into a variety of environmental issues. Students learn key concepts — how natural resources are used and why, at times, misused, and how future economic activity can provide for environmental protection, as well as for economic growth. Selected by World Wild Life and North American Association for Environmental Education as an exemplary resource to help teach about biodiversity.
Economics and the Environment EcoDetectives—Applying economic reasoning to environmental problems for middle school students. Students learn about protecting endangered species, recycling, and resource depletion. Students solve persistent environmental mysteries. Materials highlighted by California Integrated Waste Management Board and California Department of Education, together with the Acron Group.
Energy, Economics, and the Environment: Case Studies and Teaching Activities for Elementary School—challenges upper elementary students to analyze energy and environment issues from an economics perspective. Updated with current information, EEE gives teachers and students the knowledge and tools they need to analyze important energy and environment issues. Students will develop a basic understanding of concepts relating to economics, energy, and the environment; learn effective decision-making skills; and be involved in meaningful activities.
Energy, Economics, and the Environment: Case Studies and Teaching Activities for High School—challenges high school students to analyze energy and environment issues from an economics perspective. Updated with current information, EEE gives teachers and students the knowledge and tools they need to analyze important energy and environment issues. Students will develop a basic understanding of concepts relating to economics, energy, and the environment; learn effective decision-making skills; and be involved in meaningful activities.
The Great Economic Mysteries Book—Students in grades 9–12 solve engaging mysteries about environmental issues, natural resources, recycling, waste management, and government issues.
The Wide World of Trade—Through trade simulations and activities, students discover how scarce resources are allocated in order to provide goods and services. 87
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 Energy Foundation (NEF)
Resources for Education
3676 California Avenue, Suite A117
Salt Lake City, UT 84104
Fax: (801) 908-5400
A nonprofit educational organization providing educational resources and training services to educators.
Major initiatives include the Igniting Creative Energy Challenge, a national competition where K-12 students use their creativity to express their ideas related to being energy conscious. Entries include original art, music, literature, computer graphics, multimedia presentations, science projects, etc. NEF is also a Rebuild America strategic partner, working with school districts, state energy offices, and other partners nationwide to help bring down energy usage and costs at schools across the country. NEF continues to produce new energy-related instructional materials for K-12 teachers. New items include posters titled Electrical Generation, Renewable Energy Sources, Exploring Natural Resources and Their Uses, Oil, High Performance Schools, and Energy Management in and around Your School. NEF provides a wide array of posters, learning activity guides, videos, and instructional music that focus on energy. Other new items available currently include learning activities guides titled Energy Fun, Energy Fundamentals, and Energy Action Activities. NEF also distributes instructional materials nationwide through a “fulfillment” program with the natural gas industry, and the Foundation continues to provide in-service training support to school districts in many parts of the country. 89
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 www.nationalgeographic.com/education. 90
The National Hydropower Association (NHA)
One Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Suite 850
Washington, DC 20001
Fax: (202) 682-9478
An association dedicated to building greater public awareness of the advantages of hydropower as our nation’s most plentiful renewable energy source.
Offers a variety of materials on the production of hydropower, hydro’s economic and environmental benefits, and the issues facing the hydropower industry. Posters and educational curriculum are available at nominal cost. An annual conference is held every spring. NHA works closely with the Hydro Research Foundation, the U.S. Hydropower Council for International Development, and other organizations dedicated to hydropower and other forms of renewable energy. Staff is available to answer specific questions and to help identify sources of additional information. 91
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
National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
1840 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22201
The largest science teachers association in the United States, NSTA is working to improve the quality of science education nationwide.
Publishes resources for K-12 science teachers. A free book catalog is available upon request. Call 800-277-5300. 95
National Wildlife Federation
11100 Wildlife Center Drive
Reston, VA 20190
Fax: (703) 438-6468
The nation’s largest nonprofit conservation education organization.
The mission of the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) is to inspire Americans to protect wildlife for our children’s future. NWF publishes the magazines Wild Animal BabyTM, Your Big Backyard, and Ranger Rick® for children, and National Wildlife; produces a free monthly electronic educator newsletter including activities and tips for creating Schoolyard Habitats; produces curriculum units and facilitates training workshops around the country and produces online resources, such as the Ranger Rick Educators’ Guide for use with Ranger Rick® magazine in the classroom. Visit www.nwf.org/education for more information and to receive an educator information packet. 96
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
Polystyrene Packaging Council (PSPC)
1300 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22209
Fax: (703) 741-5651
The Polystyrene Packaging Council (PSPC) is a business unit of the American Plastics Council. PSPC represents the major resin suppliers of polystyrene and the fabricator companies that use the resin to manufacture polystyrene products. Working in concert with its global partners, the PSPC’s mission is to promote and defend the polystyrene industry by providing a forum to address issues of importance to the industry; to keep markets free by eliminating or amending anti-PS legislation/regulation; and to serve as the industry’s voice to select audiences and the general public.
Offers general information brochures on polystyrene and solid waste management, which are available online at www.polystyrene.org. 114
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
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
University of Illinois at Urbana—Champaign
School of Architecture — Building Research Council
1 East St. Mary’s Road
Champaign, IL 61820
(800) 336-0616 or (217) 333-7551
Fax: (217) 244-2204
A nonprofit information clearinghouse and research center.
Publishes 8, 12, and 16-page booklets on how to make homes comfortable, healthy, and energy efficient that are appropriate for homeowners and seniors in high school. BRC offers the following publications at a nominal fee: Home Inspection, which examines each home system—plumbing, electrical, etc.—and provides a checklist for buying a home; Lighting, which focuses on task, security, and general lighting; Energy Management, which outlines practical management plans for summer and winter; Insulating, which focuses on how to know what type and how much insulation is needed; Heating, which is about the various kinds of heating systems and how to select a system; Selecting Windows, which explains window options and energy savings by selecting wisely; and Moisture Condensation, which discusses how to keep moisture from making a home chilly and prone to water damage.
A free publications catalog is available upon request. A complete set of 27 booklets is available for instructors and homeowners. Bulk rates are available. A limited number of publications are available for viewing at the website in PDF format. Landscaping, passive solar house plans, noise control and a multitude of additional topics are also covered in our publications. 130
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 Commerce––National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
NOAA Education Outreach Unit
1305 East West Highway, #1W514
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Web: www.education.noaa.gov or www.NOAA-Outreach@noaa.gov
A Federal agency with programs that advance the Nation’s science education goals by expanding and enhancing the scientific competence of all students, teachers, and the general public.
Provides information free of charge to students, teachers, librarians, and the general public about the earth’s oceans and atmosphere, including the topics of endangered marine mammals, severe and hazardous weather, El Niño/La Niña, NOAA weather radio, coastal management, weather satellites, and global warming. Information about NOAA’s educational programs, like the Teacher at Sea, is also available from this office. Additional information can be found at www.education.noaa.gov. 133
U.S. Department of Energy––Bonneville Power Administration (BPA)
Community Education Program-DR-7
P.O. Box 3621
Portland, OR 97208
Fax: (503) 230-4576
Bonneville Power Administration is both an electric utility and a Federal agency within DOE. Established in 1937, BPA markets electric power from Federal dams and other energy resources in the Pacific Northwest.
BPA employs approximately 3,100 persons in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. The majority of the agency’s work is in the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area headquarters and control center. BPA works with several business, school, and government agency partnerships. Many employees volunteer each year for various programs.
Participates in a variety of education programs for K-12 in the BPA four-state service area. Programs include science competitions, mentoring and tutoring, environmental education, summer science camps, worksite visits, and others. Educational materials designed for K through 12th grade on the topics of electricity, energy efficiency/conservation, and fish and wildlife are loaned or given free of charge to teachers in BPA’s service territory (Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Western Montana). Educational resources include curricula, hands-on activities, storybooks, posters, and videotapes. The following link is to the BPA teachers’ resources: www.bpa.gov/Corporate/KR/ed/page6.htm. 135
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 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 Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy––Rebuild America EnergySmart Schools
241 West Washington Street (Distribution Center)
Nashville, NC 27856
Fax: (252) 459-6997
Rebuild America EnergySmart Schools, a program of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), works with all members of the schools community to provide information, support and technical assistance about energy efficiency and renewable energy. Rebuild America is a national network of over 685 partnerships that are dedicated to saving energy, improving building performance, reducing air pollution, and enhancing the quality of life through energy efficiency. Created by DOE in 1994, Rebuild America serves as a tool for community revitalization and job creation in many U.S. communities.
Rebuild America EnergySmart Schools is dedicated to improving learning and teaching environments through energy-efficient design and energy education. Several resources are available through the program for K through 12 school decision-makers, teachers, students, facility managers, and design professionals at no cost. The EnergySmart Schools Get Smart About Energy CD-ROM contains over 250 inquiry- and non-inquiry-based energy activities aligned with national and state science education standards. The CD-Rom is used in classrooms nationwide to increase student interest in energy efficiency and conservation in school and at home.
Also available through the program are the climate-specific Energy Design Guidelines for High Performance Schools and the National Best Practices Manual for Building High Performance Schools. The guidelines and manual provide information about on-site school design, daylighting and windows, energy-efficient building shells, lighting and electrical systems, mechanical and ventilation systems, renewable energy systems, water conservation, recycling systems and waste management, transportation and resource-efficient building products. 145
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. 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
U.S. General Services Administration––Federal Citizen Information Center (FCIC)
1800 F Street, N.W., G 142
Washington, DC 20405
(800) FED INFO
Fax: (202) 501-4281
Web: www.kids.gov; www.FirstGov.gov; www.espanol.gov; www.pueblo.gsa.gov; www.ConsumerAction.gov; www.consumidor.gov; www.info.gov
Helps Federal agencies develop, promote, and distribute consumer information to the public through the Consumer Information Catalog and website.
The Federal Citizen Information Center offers the free quarterly Consumer Information Catalog via the web, phone, or by writing to: Free Catalog, Pueblo, CO 81009. It contains listings of over 200 free and low-cost Federal consumer publications on topics such saving energy while trimming expenses; family health and safety issues; money management for kids; the importance of play, classic books; “going wild” activities for exploring America’s public lands; evaluating technology needs for college; education, food and nutrition, and more. Bulk copies are available to schools and nonprofit groups able to distribute ten or more copies.
On the award-winning website, www.pueblo.gsa.gov, you can read, print out, or save the current Catalog and the text of all the publications it lists. Click on the Scams and Recalls pages for the latest product updates. Check out www.kids.gov with more than 400 kid-friendly links in one easy-to-find place. Look for the timely consumer News and Notes feature from various Federal agencies, and a calendar of consumer-related events. For answers to your questions about international travel, the President’s pets, and other fascinating insights, enter the “doorway” to all Federal agencies by going to www.FirstGov.gov. Or if you prefer information in Spanish, visit FirstGov en espanol at www.espanol.gov, where you can access all of the U.S. government’s Spanish language websites in one central location.
In addition, the celebrated 2006 Consumer Action Handbook offers tips on topics such as buying and leasing cars, identity theft protection, health care, and shopping from home. Updated annually, it includes a sample complaint letter to use as a guide. The Handbook offers thousands of accurate names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses for Better Business Bureaus, corporate consumer contacts, and state, county, and city government consumer protection offices. You can access the Handbook at www.ConsumerAction.gov and use the links provided to register your complaint directly. The website is also available in Spanish at www.consumidor.gov. 153
Water Environment Federation (WEF)
601 Wythe Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Fax: (703) 684-2492
Founded in 1928, the Water Environment Federation is a not-for-profit technical and educational organization with members from varied disciplines who work toward the WEF vision of preservation and enhancement of the global water environment. The WEF network includes more than 100,000 water quality professionals from 77 member associations in 31 countries.
Facilitates the U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize, regional, state and national awards for high school, water related science research; organizes WEFTeach, a full day teacher workshop on water; and publishes The Water Sourcebook, with over 60 hands-on classroom activities; many of the water quality experts act as classroom resources through the WEF Adopt-A-School program. Local members choose to adopt schools by providing guest speakers, presentations, and tours of water treatment plants, plus videos and other special resources. Visit www.wef.org for more information. 154
Waverly Light and Power
1002 Adams Parkway
P.O. Box 329
Waverly, IA 50677
Fax: (319) 352-6254
A municipal utility serving electric needs of the community.
Provides educational services free to educators within its service territory. Services include generating plant tours, classroom presentations, and purchased reference materials for kindergarten through grade 12. 156
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