Last week, energytrends.org reported on the recent benchmark of Burlington, Vermont to become the first U.S. city to use 100 percent renewable energy. Educators can use this recent headline to inspire their classroom lessons. Vermont Energy Education Program (VEEP) features environmentally-based lesson plans that relate to state conservation initiatives.
Grades: 7th-12th grades
Subjects: geography, science, math
Objective: The VEEP website features many lessons and resources for teacher training and support. The lessons are all aligned with Vermont state standards. Energytrends is featuring Renewable Energy Atlas Worksheets. These lessons utilize the state’s Renewable Energy Atlas , an interactive online map that allows users to view the renewable energy resources across the state. The site features wind, solar, hydro, and efficiency mini-lesson worksheets.
Overview: The Vermont Renewable Energy Atlas, a major tool in the featured lessons, is unique to the state. It was launched in 2009 and Vermont is the only state to have this type of online tool. It fits with the state’s goal to use all renewable energy. Students will learn about financial literacy and state incentives available to Vermonters who use energy efficient products in their homes. Tying student lessons to state energy programs is a great way to promote these initiatives.