Change a Light for National Environmental Education Week

Submitted by National Environmental Education Foundation
2007-03-27 20:43:39

March 27, 2007
EE Week to Serve as Pledge Driver for Change a Light, Change the World campaign

In less than three weeks, thousands of educators and millions of students from across the country will join hands to celebrate National Environmental Education Week. Whether in urban classrooms, homeschools, rural schoolyard gardens, or local nature centers, National EE Week will promote stewardship of our natural resources by actively engaging young people in environmental education. Remember to check back to to access curricula and resources that can aid you in planning for EE Week in your area.
This year EE Week focuses on energy education by encouraging students and teachers to learn more about where energy comes from, how it is used, and how small lifestyle changes can save energy and protect the environment.

This year EE Week is proud to serve as a Pledge Driver for Energy Star’s Change a Light, Change the World campaign. According to Energy Star, replacing just five standard light bulbs with compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) can reduce electricity bills by more than $150 over the life of those bulbs. More importantly, the switch saves energy and prevents the emission of thousands of pounds of carbon dioxide.

In support of Change a Light, Change the World, EE Week has set a goal of persuading students in 100 classrooms around the country to change at least one light in their home or school to a CFL during National EE Week. If we reach this goal we will eliminate over 44,600 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions and save 28,200 kWh of energy.

Help us reach our goal by encouraging your students to take the ENERGY STAR Change a Light Pledge! Energy Star has created several K-12 lessons for students studying energy efficiency that can supplement your Change a Light pledge activities. See their Energy Star Education webpage to access these resources and learn more about where to purchase CFLs in your area:

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