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The goal of EE in Wisconsin.org is to assure that Wisconsin citizens have opportunities to learn about, participate in, and promote environmental education activities and resources.
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KEEP Energy Site
The Wisconsin K-12 Energy Education Program (KEEP) was created to promote energy education in Wisconsin. KEEP is the product of an innovative public private partnership between educators and energy professionals. The Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education (WCEE) launched this effort in 1995.
School Energy Course KEEP
Zerofootprint Not-for-Profit was founded in 2005, with the aim of using technology to engage communities around climate change, and to pursue opportunities that uphold values of economic development, risk management, research and advocacy. Our Not-for-Profit group pursues opportunities in government (Federal, Provincial and Municipal), education (universities, elementary and middle schools) and other Not-for-Profit organizations. Zerofootprint Not-for-Profit utilizes products and services from the Software and Carbon companies and is incorporated and managed by its own Board of Directors.
The Midwest Regional Collaborative for Sustainability Education is a newly emerging community of practice exploring holistic systems-based formal and nonformal sustainability education practices.
Energy Education Resources: Kindergarten Through 12th Grade is published by the National Energy Information Center (NEIC), a service of the Energy Information Administration (EIA), to provide students, educators, and other information users a list of generally available free or low-cost energy-related educational materials.
Alliance to Save Energy Downloadable Lesson Plans
According to the Alliance to Save Energy, many schools spend more on energy costs than on computers and textbooks combined. A number of these free, downloadable curricula are used in the Alliance to Save Energy’s Green Schools Program—a unique, collaborative effort by teachers, administrators, and facilities and maintenance staff which reduces school energy costs while at the same time educating students. Each of these plans can be downloaded as a PDF file and printed out.
Are you an Energy Saver STAR?
Developed by the Bonneville Power Administration in Portland, Oregon, Are You an Energy Saver Star? asks students to collect data on energy usage and perform energy audits in a number of capacities. The results are then analyzed to see where the most conservation could be achieved. Adheres to state standards in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. Best suited for grades 4-7.
Wisconsin Association for Environmental Ed WEEB grants
A Hot New Resource! Climate Change: A Wisconsin Activity Guide
No longer is climate change only studied by scientists. Increasingly policy makers and citizens, including students, are discussing and grappling with serious climate change issues facing Wisconsin and the planet. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is proud to introduce a new climate change guide for educators to use in their classrooms and activities.
Designed to teach 7th to 12th grade students about how climate change affects all of us in Wisconsin, Climate Change: A Wisconsin Activity Guide includes twelve engaging activities suitable for classes in English and language arts, environmental education, math, science, art and social studies.
Using this guide, Wisconsin teachers can help students investigate the evidence and causes of climate change, examine its impacts on ecosystems, explore and discuss varied social and cultural perspectives, and get involved helping to solve this local and global predicament. The guide’s activities are tied to Wisconsin’s model academic standards.
Students are ready to learn and explore this complex topic and its importance in their world. They are energy consumers today as well as tomorrow’s voters. They have the ability to continue on the same track or to help slow climate change. DNR’s new climate change guide can help them develop the knowledge and skills needed to become informed participants in society’s climate change discussion and learn valuable life tools including critical thinking.
Educators can preview this timely guide at www.dnr.wi.gov/eek/teacher/climatechangeguide.htm and can order free copies by sending an e-mail to DNRAirEducation@wisconsin.gov with their mailing and email addresses.