The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that schools could save up to 50% of their energy costs by adopting fairly simple energy-saving measures and renovations. Some estimates suggest that a 25% reduction in energy costs would save $1.5 billion!
Not only that, but learning about energy provides great context for teaching STEM concepts and preparing students for careers in the clean energy economy. Did you know that the clean economy as a whole grew by 8.3 percent from 2008-2009? That’s almost double what the overall economy grew during those years! Plus, median wages are 13 percent higher in green energy careers than the economy average.
The Green Energy Challenge, a sustainability theme offered as part of GEF’s National Green Week, offers free lessons, activities, audits and more to get students excited about energy! Sign up by February 1 to be entered to win water bottles for an entire classroom!
Read on to find out more about the Green Energy Challenge.
Contact GEF if you have an existing energy initiative, or would like help starting your own. We’ll get you set up with all the right materials. Spotlight schools can win green packs (reusable bags, water bottles and snack containers) and features in national news. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more and get started!
Use GEF’s free lessons, organized by grade level, to teach your students about energy and energy efficiency. These provide a great foundation for any Green Week!
Audits of your home or school make the lessons come to life. They help students understand how they consume energy in their everyday lives and indicate areas for improved efficiency.
Check out GEF’s energy saving tips for home and schools to start saving energy. For students to be empowered by the impact their collective action can have, conduct an audit, then implement some energy saving strategies. After a month or two, conduct another audit to see how much energy you’ve saved.
Check out these fun, hands-on activities to get students excited about energy!
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