Useful resources in and out of the classroom

carolIf 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 (marcosas@goshen.edu).

If you are an educator and would like to visit Rieth Village for the Exploring Energy field trip, please contact Katie Stoltzfus (kcstoltzfus@goshen.edu).

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.

U.S. Green Schools Foundation

From the website: There is an enormous amount of very good, no cost, curriculum material created by a large number of reputable, scientific organizations and government offices. The U.S. Green Schools Foundation has set aside this section of our website to highlight curriculum that we found to be useful and engaging. This portion of the site is divided into sections for Educators, Students and Arizona Specific Curriculum.

Notes: While this website does not provide comprehensive curricula, it has a very useful database of educational materials for a variety of topics that could be used with a Green Building unit.

Alliance to Save Energy’s Green Schools Program: Empowering Schools Through Energy Efficiency

From the website: Energy costs are an enormous expense for our nation’s schools. To help free up more resources for education while strengthening academic learning, the Alliance’s Green Schools Program engages students in creating energy-saving activities in their schools, using hands-on, real-world projects.

Notes: Check out the “Energy Hog” game and scavenger hunt at this website.

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.