Monday, August 10, 2009

Curriculum: Energy Conservation

In any discussion about renewable energy, there also needs to be a reminder that we must be efficient with all forms of energy. Energy conservation should be a strong component of any renewable energy curriculum. After all, why generate it if we are going to waste it?

Just as there are many sources of curriculum on the basics of renewable energy, there are virtually equal numbers related to conservation. The Alliance to Save Energy is one such source. First, some background. Here's a clip from their "About Us" page on their web site:

"Founded in 1977, the Alliance to Save Energy is a non-profit coalition of business, government, environmental and consumer leaders. The Alliance to Save Energy supports energy efficiency as a cost-effective energy resource under existing market conditions and advocates energy-efficiency policies that minimize costs to society and individual consumers, and that lessen greenhouse gas emissions and their impact on the global climate. To carry out its mission, the Alliance to Save Energy undertakes research, educational programs, and policy advocacy, designs and implements energy-efficiency projects, promotes technology development and deployment, and builds public-private partnerships, in the U.S. and other countries."

The real reason for sharing a glimpse into the Alliance to Save Energy is the small, but real-world selection of curriculum on energy and its conservation; a selection that is free of charge. But it's better than that - these materials have been developed (and used!) by teachers in a variety of settings and with a variety of age groups.
Making energy conservation an integral part of a renewable energy strategy in our schools makes perfect sense. It provides a full understanding of the value of energy, making renewable energy that much more important in the minds of our students. When something is important to them, don't they take the subject matter more seriously?

What have you found for curriculum resources? Have your created your own that you are ready to share? What other information would be valuable to you?

Dave

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