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Resources for Educators

Website resources for teachers and students: 

Free intro to renewable energy

In 2010 Solar In the Schools dramatically increased its range by adding a free, high-school-level Introduction to Renewable Energy online course covering energy efficiency and the many types of renewable energy. We encourage teachers to take this course and evaluate it as curriculum to be used with high school students.

Renewable Energy Education Curriculum

Creative Change This is the best curriculum resource for teachers (2011).  Combining all educational diciplines and audiences with a common theme of sustainability and social equity.  Wholistic education that understands the need to retell the story of our history and humanity from the perspective of environmental sustainability and conscientious social behavior.  WOW! 

Facing The Future Workbook - Engaging Students through Global Issues: Real World Math

Green Teacher - wow, you should know about GreenTeacher.  SEI carries some of their curriculum for sale.  This is a collaborative effort of teachers all around North America.  Their lesson plans address all different learning styles, and they are usually hands-on, creative, and impactful.

Energy Teachers - this site gives teachers the latest links and bibliographies on energy related lessons.  This is a great diverse and independent resource for teachers.

U.S. Department of Energy: Energy Education This is a good resource for teachers looking for lesson plans, scholarships, volunteer, jobs and more.  Searchable and indexed.

No Impact Project - This curriculum uses No Impact Man - the book and the film - to help middle and high school students explore the effects their everyday behavior has on the environment, their health, and their well-being.  I like this site, practical, empowering, and up to date (2011)

Wisconsin Renewable Energy Program - Wisconsin's K-12 Renewable Energy Education program.  This site has a wealth of information for everyone!

Population Education CD-ROM - Earth Matters: Studies for Our Global Future.

U.S. Energy Information Administration -Independent statistics and analysis on energy in the U.S. Has LOTS of information, and plenty of graphs, charts, and maps that can be used in lession plans or projects.  

Classroom Earth -Designed for high school teachers, this website includes resources, lesson plans, and other ideas on how to incorporate environmental topics into science curriculum, a wealth of information.

Energy Conservation Curriculum - The Bonneville Power Association's 3rd - 8th grade curriculum for energy conservation.  A great resource for North West region educators.

Oil Consumption Poster - Resources for teachers on energy consumption and carbon footprint activities.  You can also sign up to receive a free poster on world oil consumption at their home page.  This poster is worth the time to ask!

Florida Solar Energy Center - Find classroom activities, a calendar of events, kits, competitions, continuing education opportunities, and general information on renewables.

Solar School House - Out of California, this organization offers curriculum and solar kits for sale while offering accredited teacher training workshops in Renewable Energy for California teachers.

National Energy Education Development (NEED) - A project that creates networks of teachers and students interested in promoting an energy conscious society while offering free grade specific curriculum and kits for sale.  It should be noted that Need is funded by Conoco Philips and is biased towards fossil fuel energy production.

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Educator training: RE for kids

Climate Change

Alliance for Climate Education (ACE)  A Complete and well organized website of information and links. This also is a great organization for school presentations on climate change and supports proactive action from students. Worth lots of time!

Climate Crisis - "An Inconvenient Truth" homepage.  Lots of good tips.

National Resource Defense Council - The National Resource Defense Council FAQ's on Global Warming and what we can do about it.

Climate Change - The Campus Climate leverages the power of young people to organize on college campuses and high schools across Canada and the U.S. to win 100% Clean Energy policies at their schools.

Learn More About Climate features six short educational films about climate change in Colorado and three model lessons for middle and high school teachers.

Union of Concerned Scientists - the Union of Concerned Scientists, a coalition of citizens and scientists for environmental solutions, offers more technical papers, facts, and solutions appropriate for high school students.

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Accredited workshop for teachers interested in Renewable Energy



Energy Conservation and Audits

Aspen Canary Initiative - "Calculate your Cox emissions" page.  This site also promotes energy conservation by listing many things you can do at home.

EPA Energy Profiler -Enter your zip code into this power profiler and see where your energy actually comes from, emissions, and how that compares to national averages. 

Class Room Earth -Energy Audit Lab designed for high school AP classe.

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We Care Educator Training

Solar and Wind: Kits and Products


Kidwind - Kidwind is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving science education while introducing curriculum for wind power.  In addition to providing student geared wind power kits, Kidwind is a great resource for teachers wanting to take accredited workshops on teaching about wind power.

Science Shareware - this site tells you how to build a human powered bicycle generator for your classroom

Solar Cooking

Solar Cooking - everything you would ever want to know about solar cooking and making your own solar ovens!!!

Solar Household Energy - expansive website on solar cooking on a global level

Solar Cooking Wiki - frequently asked solar cooking questions and answers

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Teacher Grant opportunities

Pitsco Education Resources - A complete resource for grants: grant applications, tips, searchable index, and more,  lots of federal education grant links!!

Database for State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency - this site gives state by state financial incentives for homeowners and businesses which implement renewable energy.

BP Energy Education Grant - BP Solar's A+ for Energy grants for Teachers (due in spring). -$1500 grants for social studies teachers.

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Schools Going Green

Building Green Schools - the US Green Building Council's "How to Build Green Schools" and tons of other green building resources.

Climate Change initiatives - The Campus Climate leverages the power of young people to organize on college campuses and high schools across Canada and the U.S. to win 100% Clean Energy policies at their schools.


International  Action on Climate Change and Renewable Energy

Australian Government Climate Change  Resources that help teachers and students understand and act on Climate Change issues affecting the continent.

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