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- Green Dollhouse Challenge
In our Green Dollhouse Challenges, K-12 students, families, design/build students, and design/build professionals will build model play-houses to explore concepts and technologies related energy production, energy use, efficiency, materials, architecture, utility, aesthetics, appreciation of nature, renewable resources, true wealth, healthy living, clean air, and clean water. Awards are non-competitive.
- Seeds of Solidarity Education Center, Orange, Massachusetts
Ask Seeds of Solidarity (SOL) about their solar and biodiesel-powered van that has been presented at events and schools. SOL offers curriculum about school gardens.
- KidsBuild! at Boston Society of Architects
KidsBuild! is a program of the Boston Society of Architects Foundation. It is an annual event where kids design and learn about the built environment.
- Boston Society of Architects Foundation
The BSA Foundation for Architecture and Design engages the public in the importance and power of design. The BSA collaborates with organizations and community-based audiences. The BSA hosts a public display space and meeting areas.
The BSA Foundation distributes small grants for K12 and community design initiatives.
Annual events for the public include KidsBuild! and Family Design Day.
- Fitchburg State, Massachusetts, Energy Management Program
Fitchburg offers a major in industrial technology with a concentration in energy management for a bachelors of science degree.
- Greenfield Com. Col. Renewable Energy Energy Efficiency Program
You can choose from a wide array of courses in the Renewable Energy/Energy Efficiency program.
- UMass Lowell Solar Energy Association
Now part of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association.
- Boston Islands
A site on our field trip guide.
- Saugus Iron Works
Saugus Iron Works is a National Park in Saugus Massachusetts.
Featured in our Field Trip Guide.
- MA Clean Energy Careers Training & Ed Online Dir
This directory of training opportunities in Massachusetts aims to connect energy efficiency and renewable energy industry professionals, jobs seekers, and students with the many opportunities for education and training that exist throughout the Commonwealth.
- Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources links
Lists utilities, including municipally owned companies, in Massachusetts.
- Discovery Museums
- Future Solar Systems LLC
Future Solar Systems is a systems integrator that brings volume buying power and experienced installation resources along with project financing to deliver large solar electric systems for our commercial and public customers. We make it easy and affordable for everyone to have an advanced high performance solar PV system.
FSS works with schools to finance and design solar power systems.
- Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
Using the Massachusetts Green Jobs Act of 2008 to spur workforce development in clean energy. Working on developing clean energy companies, training a clean energy workforce, and furthering energy efficiency.
- Central New England Solar Store
A solar store in Auburn MA, with a storefront, an outgrowth of the original Solar Store in Vermont. Sells modules, turbines, balance-of-system, lights, etc.
- Cape and Islands Self Reliance
A nonprofit organization that supports renewable energy resources and sustainable energy for Cape Cod, Nantucket, and Martha's Vineyard.
CISR offers annual training for installing wind turbines.
- MIT Energy Initiative
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology established this initiative in 2006 "to help transform the global energy system to meet the needs of the future and to help build a bridge to that future by improving today's energy systems" institute-wide. The web site is a good starting point to search for various programs, and to see the broader goals of the initiative.
- The Renewable Energy Research Laboratory
This lab at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst has been studying wind energy for decades. The site hosts many informative brochures and data about renewable energy.
- JR.TECH Workshops + Mentoring
Offers workshops to students in the Cape Cod area of Massachusetts. 2007 workshops include KidWInd and Renewable Energy workshops.
- Harvard Local Solutions for a Sustainable Community
Harvard (MA) Local is a grassroots organization open to anyone interested in seeking local community solutions to the two major challenges of our times: global warming and the coming end of cheap fossil fuels. Members communicate via a Yahoo Groups bulletin board, and exchange ideas for a sustainable future. Harvard, MA is a rural town in northern MA.
- Hull Wind
Show your students one of New England's great firsts: a municipally owned wind power plant near Boston Harbor. A Vestas 660 kW turbine sits next to the High School, a 1.5 MW turbine on the landfill. The organizers have a sincere interest in education.
Essex (northeastern MA) organization that supports clean energy, sponsors educational events. Has books and films to lend.
- Youth Clean Energy patch program
Kids can show proof of their environmental action by wearing the Clean Green Power Champion patch which they earn for interviewing someone in solar, wind, or other clean energy field, and following up with their own project to spread the word about what they've learned. Special patch for Girl Scouts --patches FREE to Massachusetts youth; $5. to others. Download the web-linked resource guide full of activities, project ideas, and even a clean energy story for the youngest patch seekers.
- NEXUS Green Building Educational Center
Physically located in downtown Boston, MA, NEXUS (pursuing LEED CI) includes over 6,000 square feet of product and educational showrooms, a print and online samples and resource library and networking space. The center is staffed by green building experts and LEED accredited professionals. It is open to building owners, architects, engineers, designers, developers and the general public.
The NEXUSWEB is the virtual wing of the NEXUS center. On this site you can access all of the educational resources found at the physical center from the comfort of your home or office.
- EcoTarium: A Museum of Science & Nature
- Solar Now, Inc.
This site at Beverly High School in Beverly, MA offers tours of its solar and wind plant.
- Center for Environmental Technology
Western MA. CET studies renewable energy and other environmental issues. They offer a curriculum on mercury, the element. Mercury is the one big problem with fluorescent lamps. They also help with Junior Solar Sprint in Western MA.
- Cape Light Compact's Energy Ed Page
- Northfield Pumped Storage Facility- Northeast Utilities
Northeast Utilities operates this site and runs many environmental education activities on site. Click on "Newsletters" for more info.
- H2Help.org - Hydrogen Energy Learning Program
- Berkshire Renewable Energy Collaborative
- Massachusetts Energy Efficiency Partnership
A partnership between industry, utilities, government, and researchers.
- Center for Energy and Environmental Studies BU
- Center for Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy
A research institute at UMass Amherst College of Engineering.
- Energy Thinking for Massachusetts
- Energy Thinking MA.pdf (file size:14,557,961 bytes)
- Energy—where we get it and how we use it— can be expected to change radically during the lifetimes of our children. The world’'s ability to produce oil fast enough to meet rising worldwide demand is being stressed. This situation can only be expected to grow worse over the lifetime of our students, unless we shift away from a dependence on oil. Rising carbon dioxide emissions, mainly from burning fossil fuels (our primary energy resources) are a major cause of global climate change. It is increasingly clear this will exact a considerable cost on the world’s environment and population, especially on future generations unless vast changes are made to our energy systems and ways we use energy. Through activities in this unit, students will implement an easy-to-use structure —the Energy Thinker’s Diagram —to analyze and evaluate energy use in their lives and propose changes that could reduce unwanted consequences of energy use that students consider important. Reduced risks of global climate change, energy price fluctuations, or lessened impacts of energy use on the environment or human health are just a few examples. Along the way, students examine the scientific concepts of energy sources, forms, transformations, efficiency, and heat transfer (conduction, convection, and radiation). Students experiment with electric generators powered by wind, water, and light; they also conduct tests heating model buildings with different types of insulation (thermal and radiant barriers) and sealing leaks. Steeped in state specific standards and statistics, students investigate the concept and applications of energy and the percentage of types of energy forms utilized by their state. Meets Massachusetts Standards for Learning: Science, Technology/Engineering and Ecological Health Copyright 2010, Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) For Energy Thinking PA go to <a href="http://www.pa3e.ws/">http://www.pa3e.ws/</a>