Useful resources in and out of the classroom

If you are an educator in a LEED certified or green building and would like a free copy of our Green Leaders Curriculum: Using America’s Green Buildings as Learning Tools, please contact Marcos Stoltzfus.

If you are an educator interested in energy or environmental education resources, you may find the links below useful.

The National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project

From the website: NEED is a nonprofit education association with 30 years of experience in energy education and curriculum development. NEED’s materials and programs are an integral part of the energy education process in 65,000 classrooms nationwide. NEED works with the education community and the energy industry to design and distribute comprehensive, objective, hands-on, inquiry-based educational materials. NEED conducts student and teacher training programs, provides evaluation tools, and recognizes outstanding student and teacher achievement for grades K-12.

Notes: NEED educational materials are free to download, and are organized by subject and by age group. A complete curricula with activity books and materials is available for purchase on the website.

The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education

From the website: The Cloud Institute equips school systems K-12 and their communities with the core content, competencies, and habits of mind that characterize education for a sustainable future. We do this by inspiring teachers and engaging students through meaningful content and student-centered instruction.

Notes: This organization comes highly recommended from teachers who participated in the research to design Green Leaders Curriculum.

Project Learning Tree

From the website: Project Learning Tree® (PLT) is an award winning, multi-disciplinary environmental education program for educators and students in PreK-12. PLT is a program of the American Forest Foundation. It is one of the most widely used environmental education programs in the United States and abroad, and continues to set the standard for environmental education excellence. PLT helps students learn how to think, not what to think, about the environment.

Notes: Project Learning Tree has a variety of educational materials that are well-researched, well-constructed, and very useable. Their “Energy and Society” kit is available for order through their website. Their activity guides and other educational resources are free to educators who go through their training programs (which are often free as well). Contact your local or state Department of Natural Resources for information on training sessions in your area.

Project WET: Worldwide Water Education

From the website: Since 1984, Project WET, an award-winning 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, has dedicated itself to the mission of reaching children, parents, teachers, and community members of the world with water education. Project WET achieves its mission of worldwide water education by:

  • publishing water resource materials in several languages.
  • providing training workshops on diverse water topics (i.e., watersheds, water quality, water conservation).
  • organizing community water events, such as Make a Splash with Project WET water festivals and the Global Water Education Village.
  • building a worldwide network of educators, water resource professionals and scientists.

Notes: This comprehensive curriculum is available for free to all educators who take their training course (which are often free as well). You can contact your county or state Department of Natural Resources for information on the next training session in your area.

Green Schools Alliance

From the website: Green Schools Alliance envisions a world where every person is aware of and accountable for the impact they have in creating an environmentally, economically, and equitably sustainable future. The Alliance offers a unique framework through which to unite and engage all community members, including the youngest, to be active participants in working together toward a common goal. As hubs of communities, schools can help transform markets, policy, education and behavior, increase community resilience, mitigate climate change, and prepare citizens to think and act in new and creative ways today, so that future generations can thrive.

Alliance to Save Energy’s PowerSave Schools Program

From the website: PowerSave Schools reduce consumption an average of 5-15% in one year through no-cost operations and behavior changes!  Through the PowerSave Schools program students are empowered to grow as leaders, apply academic knowledge to solve the real-world challenge of increasing utility bills, and move their schools and communities toward a greener future with energy efficiency practices and measurable energy savings.

U.S. Energy Information Administration

From the Website: The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) collects, analyzes, and disseminates independent and impartial energy information to promote sound policymaking, efficient markets, and public understanding of energy and its interaction with the economy and the environment.

Notes: The EIA website has excellent resources, lesson plans, energy calculators, and activities for teaching students about energy use in the United States.

U.S. Department of Energy: Energy Education

From the Website: The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) collects, analyzes, and disseminates independent and impartial energy information to promote sound policymaking, efficient markets, and public understanding of energy and its interaction with the economy and the environment.

Notes: The EIA website has excellent resources, lesson plans, energy calculators, and activities for teaching students about energy use in the United States.

Earthday Network

From the website: Earth Day Network was founded on the premise that all people, regardless of race, gender, income, or geography, have a moral right to a healthy, sustainable environment. Our mission is to broaden and diversify the environmental movement worldwide, and to mobilize it as the most effective vehicle for promoting a healthy, sustainable environment. We pursue our mission through a combination of education, public policy, and activism campaigns. Earth Day Network has a global reach with more than 20,000 partners and organizations in 190 countries. More than 1 billion people participate in Earth Day activities, making it the largest secular civic event in the world.

Notes: Earthday’s resources page has a collection of home and school audit forms, news about school programs throughout the country, and also information about religious and faith community outreach.

EPA Teaching Center

From the website: We’ve put together a collection of websites and documents that you can use to explain environmental topics. These resources offer basic and clear information to assist you in teaching your students about the environment.