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Teacher PD Workshop: Electricity, Renewables & Climate in NGSS, Nov 27, Portsmouth, NH

We’ve just scheduled a one-day training for teachers in the New Hampshire seacoast region for November 27. In this six-hour workshop, teachers will get their hands on a variety of resources to help make learning about electricity, the environment, and climate change fun and engaging for students in grades 6–12.

This training will also support teachers’ understanding of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and how to make students’ thinking visible. We will discuss formative assessment strategies, phenomena, and storylines, and, most importantly, provide training on how to use all the VEEP gear that teachers can borrow to support energy and climate education.

Teachers will leave with an example storyline that supports the Electricity, Renewables, and Climate Change equipment kit, and each teacher will receive a free kit rental.

When: Monday, November 27, 2017

Where: Portsmouth, NH (exact location TBD)

Who: Middle and high school teachers

Cost: $175/person. Includes 6 hours of PD and a free kit rental.

Facilitators: Mariah Keagy, energy educator for the Vermont Energy Education Program, and Brian Betournay, program […]

By |October 31st, 2017|Training|0 Comments

Meet Brian Betournay, NH Program Manager

Meet Brian Betournay, VEEP’s newest staff person! He is helping us expand and solidify our offerings in the Granite State in his role as program manager for the New Hampshire Energy Education Project.

Brian has taught middle and high school for more than 10 years, most recently in the seacoast region of NH. He has a BA from the University of New Hampshire in earth science teaching and geography, and a M.Ed. in educating for sustainability from Antioch University New England.

“I get excited about the process of collaboration, especially when I can see that it’s leading to meaningful learning opportunities for students,” Brian says. “I look forward to talking to NH teachers about what they’re already doing and how I can support those efforts.”

When not working, Brian can be found getting a nature/adventure fix with his wife and two young children.

Be in touch: brian@veep.org.

By |October 26th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Announcing our first ever Youth Climate Leaders Academy!

A new VEEP program for VT and NH students in grades 9–12


Do you want to take action on climate change?

This academy will guide and support high school students in planning and implementing a project related to climate change. We’ll help you figure out where to start, how to plan, and how to develop the transferable skills you need to complete your project successfully. Attendees will have fun, collaborate, get inspired, and build skills to grow as a current and future climate leader. Follow-up meetings will offer additional community and technical support to keep your project moving forward. We look forward to having you be a part of the first Youth Climate Leaders Academy!

December 78, 2017, Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee, VT
April 12-13, 2018, central Vermont

Learn more and register now at veep.org/YCLA.


By |September 29th, 2017|For Students, Training|0 Comments

Data, Analysis, Action! VT Students Make a Difference with the Green School Energy Challenge

Barre Town seventh graders show off one of the 68 new efficient LED lighting fixtures they got to replace over 100 older fixtures. Photo courtesy Krista Battles.

We recently had the opportunity to write about our Green School Energy Challenge program for the Green Schools National Network. Here’s a teaser; click the link below to read the full article and learn about the great work being done by students around the state!

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Students across Vermont are not just learning about the global effects of climate change. They are taking that learning to the next step: action on the local level.

These students are leading school projects to install new energy-efficient lighting, weigh and track school waste, measure insulation, educate parents about the negative effects of idling, and create community public service announcements on saving energy. One school reduced its electricity bill by a remarkable 21% through conservation measures alone.

These students — along with their climate-conscious teachers — are participating in the Green School Energy […]

By |August 9th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Summer Institute scholarships for northern VT & NH teachers

VEEP is offering substantial scholarships for our Summer Institute to teachers in both Essex County, VT, and Coos County, NH, and nearby towns. For teachers in these rural northern areas, the course fee and credit fee will be half-price, and lodging in a shared room is free for the week, thanks to funding from the Tillotson Foundation.

Click here for a PDF with details on scholarships and a registration form. You can also contact Cara at info@veep.org for more info.

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VEEP’s Summer Institute is a five-day summer program is created to give teachers of grades K–12 the opportunity to deepen their understanding of Next Generation Science Standards, energy, and climate through hands-on exploration, discussions with experts, field trips, and collaboration time for unit creation. Using the three-dimensional learning of NGSS as the pedagogical foundation, you will explore the science content and method of topics such as renewable technologies, climate change, sustainability, and energy project-based learning. You will develop additional strategies and learning opportunities to engage […]

By |April 26th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

FREE PD workshop for NH teachers, April 13

Energy & Action for New Hampshire Schools

a FREE professional development workshop for teachers of grades 4–12
with the Vermont Energy Education Program and Eco-Schools NH

Thursday, April 13, 48 pm

Wondering how to tackle energy concepts and take on projects designed to reduce energy use in your school or community? Come to a Next Generation Science Standards–linked workshop for teachers of grades 4–12 to help students use scientific analysis and data-based decision making to save electric, thermal, and/or transportation energy. We will explore the concept of energy literacy and how it is intertwined through NGSS, then provide specific strategies and resources to help your school tackle energy issues. The workshop will be a mix of hands-on, technical support, and teacher collaboration time with the goal of helping you start to design an academic-to-action project that bridges science and engineering with the social aspects of addressing climate change, saving money for communities, and empowering youth.

Location: NH Audubon’s McLane Center, 84 Silk Farm […]

By |March 20th, 2017|Training|0 Comments

Earth Week project: Go idle-free at your school

Looking for a spring project to coincide with Earth Week? Sign up for an Idle-Free School Campaign! The campaigns target idling “hot spots” at schools to help reduce carbon emissions and improve air quality.

Who: This project can be undertaken by a class, afterschool group, eco club, or service learning/community service group.

VEEP will provide:

  • Support and guidance
  • Materials and instructions
  • “No idling” street signs for the school

Click here for the four simple steps of the Idle-Free program in a one-page flyer or handout.

Interested in participating? Sign up with Cara: cara@veep.org or 802-552-VNRG.

Process and time commitment

Step 1: Intro

VEEP will come in and introduce the project to your students.

Time Commitment: 30 minutes

Step 2: Data collection

Pairs of students observe and track idling behavior of drivers during afterschool pickup tallying information on a simple observation sheet.

When: Any week before Earth Day (Saturday, April 22)

Time Commitment: 3-4 days, from 10 minutes before school release through the […]

By |March 16th, 2017|Transportation|0 Comments

Sign up for VEEP’s Summer Institute 2017: Energy & Climate in Depth

Energy & Climate as Disciplinary Core Ideas  |  June 26–30, 2017

Developing the foundation for teaching energy and climate in the classroom

Teachers learn how to use VEEP science equipment at last year’s institute.

Spend a week with VEEP on the shores of beautiful Lake Morey developing your skills as a teacher. This five-day program for teachers of grades K–12 will give you the opportunity to deepen your understanding of Next Generation Science Standards, energy, and climate through hands-on exploration, discussions with experts, field trips, and collaboration time for unit creation.

Each day is filled with with a mixture of instruction, recreation, and excellent accommodations at the Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, Vermont. Families are welcome and encouraged to stay onsite as well. This provides an environment that encourages not only learning but dialogue, reflection, and fun.

We are offering separate tracks for teachers of grades K–5 and teachers of grades 6–12. Three graduate credits are available for either track.

By |March 2nd, 2017|Training|0 Comments

Tips for collaboration between schools & community partners

Both schools and community groups can benefit from collaborations that are strong and authentic. Service learning opportunities that allow students to get involved in their community working on real problems can enrich education. However, the help that is offered to schools or asked of teachers must match students’ needs.

Get the handout

VEEP has developed a new two-page overview for community partners — energy committees, businesses, community organizations, or other groups — of suggestions for working with schools. Click here to download the Collaborating with Schools handout.

Be included in the VEEP database

VEEP is also compiling a list of schools and list of partners who are interested in collaborating. We will connect folks who have similar interests and needs. To add your information to this list, fill out this short form.

By |December 8th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Mini-grants available to schools for climate education projects

Are you considering taking on a climate-oriented project in your school, but funding is a barrier to making it happen? Thanks to funding by the U.S. EPA, VEEP has a small grant program to help bring these good ideas to life in your school, and the application process is open! We welcome proposals for grants of $100–$1,000 for projects that address climate change and improve environmental literacy among students in Vermont schools. 

Download an application: Click here to download the application as a Word document.

When: Proposals are due to VEEP by November 15, 2016. Grants will be awarded by December 1, 2016.

Who: These grants are available to school districts. The application must officially come from the school district to comply with the terms of VEEP’s EPA grant.

Types of projects that might be considered

  • Bringing additional content expertise into schools.
  • Purchasing materials to be used to enhance critical thinking, problem solving, and action in school curriculum such as energy monitoring hardware and […]
By |November 2nd, 2016|Grants|0 Comments