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Fundamentals of Energy
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Our Town Microgrid Challenge
Climate Change
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Greenhouse Effect
Energy Efficiency
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Conducting a Classroom Energy Audit
Green Jobs
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Exploring Green Jobs
Green Schools
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Ecological Footprint
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Connecticut Frameworks Alignment
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Upcoming Workshops
Environmental Literature

Green Schools

Schools have an obligation to operate in a manner that is ecologically and socially sound, as well as economically viable. To do this they need to act in a sustainable manner considering all three when making planning and operational decisions. Schools are being asked to support the regional, national and worldwide climate change efforts. This includes actions to educate, lower emissions, and  reduce dependence on fossil fuels. At the same time, distrits need to reduce unnecessary cost for maintenance and energy. Through these efforts, schools can become "Learning Laboratories" for the future citizens and leaders of the world.

For more information about Green Schools, visit the Institute for Sustainable Energy. The following links are resources for Colleges and Universities. New resources will be added soon for building Green Schools and Greening K-12 Schools.
It's not easy being green! - Keermit T. Frog
"It's not easy being green!"
- Kermit T. Frog
Available Lessons:
12 Steps to a Sustainable School
12 Steps to a Sustainable School is an assessment and analysis tool that can be used by classrooms to promote understanding of how the complex current issues of energy, pollution, supply and consumption, and climate change are not just global, but also local. 12 Steps can empower students to make local changes that may effect how their school is run, the quality of life within the school, and even reduce the town’s spending.
Conducting a Classroom Energy Audit
This lesson is designed to be used as an overview format which teachers can use to help students understand components of energy efficiency within their classrooms and schools. The unit is split into categories including classroom envelope, classroom energy use, heating and cooling, lighting and controls, and energy efficient classroom examples.
Ecological Footprint
The Ecological Footprint measures the amount of renewable and nonrenewable resources that are used by our activities. Ecologically productive land area is required to support everything that we eat or use, and also to absorb the wastes we create. Worldwide there are 4.7 biologically productive acres available per person, and this doesn’t include the needs of all of the plants and animals. A growing world population will reduce the number of acres available per person.