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Announcing the WSEC Schools, 2014–15 !

VEEP is excited to announce the 17 Whole School Energy Challenge schools for this year!
  • Browns River Middle School
  • Cabot School
  • Essex Middle School
  • Killington Elementary
  • Main Street Middle School
  • Mill River Union High School
  • Montpelier High School
  • Moretown Elementary
  • Northfield Middle High School
  • Putney Central School
  • St. Albans City School
  • St. Johnsbury School
  • Salisbury Elementary
  • South Burlington High School
  • Twinfield Union School
  • Union Elementary
  • Woodstock Elementary

Here’s a interactive map of the schools:

Teams at the 17 schools are already setting goals and planning for their year. Kick-off events at each school will be happening soon via entire school assemblies, activity fairs, and more. Look to connect with your school’s team to see if you can help with any of their projects.
We’re all looking forward to seeing the savings add up at these schools as the awareness of conservation spreads from the green team to the entire community. Check back in for progress reports later in the fall!
By |September 15th, 2014|Whole School Energy Challenge|0 Comments

Whole School Energy Challenge deadline extended to July 15

Essex Middle School students install insulation in a window to test the effectiveness of a set of donated thermal shades as part of their school's involvement in the Whole School Energy Challenge. Essex Middle School students install insulation in a window to test the effectiveness of a set of donated thermal shades as part of their school’s involvement in the Whole School Energy Challenge.

The deadline to apply to be a Whole School Energy Challenge school starting this fall has been extended to July 15, 2014. Have you been thinking about applying, but weren’t sure where to start? Be in touch, and we can help you to develop your proposal.

What is the Whole School Energy Challenge, anyway? We have a page with answers just for you.

By |June 27th, 2014|Whole School Energy Challenge|0 Comments

Ready to Help Your School Get Energized? VEEP is Now Accepting Applications for the Whole School Energy Challenge 2014–15!

WSEC_logo_smallDo you have an active environmental club that wants new ideas and opportunities to collaborate with other schools? Does your school facility manager need help from the real impact makers (students!) at your school to change occupant behavior to reduce energy costs and lower the school’s environmental impact? Do you want support assisting your entire school community to engage in energy conservation, viagra order awareness, and literacy?

The Whole School Energy Challenge (WSEC) partners have ideas and support!

VEEP, the Vermont Superintendents Association School Energy Management Program, Efficiency Vermont, and 13 schools across the state have collaborated to reduce participating school electric use in the current year by an average of 6% vs. their baseline year usage. An impressive 11 of 13 participating schools have reduced their usage! Lake Region HS saved the highest percentage: 32.7% (comparing 2013–14 usage to their baseline year).

The WSEC begins its fourth year this fall. All interested applicants are encouraged to submit applications by June 30 (see below to download). […]

By |May 27th, 2014|Whole School Energy Challenge|Comments Off on Ready to Help Your School Get Energized? VEEP is Now Accepting Applications for the Whole School Energy Challenge 2014–15!

VEEP May News: Energy for teachers, schools, libraries and more

Fizz! Boom! Read! This summer’s reading program theme for kids is “Fizz! Boom! Read!” VEEP will be collaborating with a number of Vermont libraries on science-themed programming.

Our May e-news went out today: you can read it here!

Some of the tidbits in this issue…

  • Getting ready for Whole School Energy Challenge 2014–15
  • Tours of local wind facilities
  • Spots still open in summer teacher trainings
  • VEEP and your library
  • New VEEP staff member
  • and more!

If you’d like to sign up to get regular VEEP updates by e-mail, click here.

By |May 26th, 2014|E-news|Comments Off on VEEP May News: Energy for teachers, schools, libraries and more

Teens Reaching Youth: A 4-H and VEEP Collaboration

VEEP and UVM Extension’s 4-H program collaborated this winter on an exciting new program.  VEEP developed new Wind and Solar Fun(damentals) curriculum for K-3.  In collaboration with 4-H teams of teens were chosen and trained to deliver this curriculum to kindergartners through third graders around the state.  UVM Extension’s Across the Fence captured some of the magic in this video about the project.

By |March 22nd, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Sign Up Now for Summer Teacher Institutes from VEEP

Seeking to energize your curriculum with engineering design and the Next Generation Science Standards? Join us for our 2014 Summer Institutes!

solarPV’s Clean and Green
July 28 – 30, thumb 2014 (9AM – 4 PM), story Rutland, VT // Grade levels: 4-12. Kits available for free loan or purchase
At this complete training you will learn to help your students understand the power of the sun to generate electricity, using photovoltaic (PV) panels and a light that fit on your classroom table. Students will manipulate a magnet and a coil of wire to generate electricity; explore hand-held generators; investigate how to generate electricity without coils or magnets. Your students will alter the angle of the PV relative to the light source, the intensity of the light on the PV panel and other variables to explore the effect on power output, and can design circuits to power devices such as motors and lights, exploring energy transfer and transformation. Upper grade levels will calculate watts […]

By |February 21st, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

New Deputy Director: Cara Robechek

Cara comes to VEEP with a breadth of experience in both non-profit management and education.   She has spent the past 8 years teaching courses such as Environmental Communication, illness Environmental Economics, pills Current Environmental Issues, and Children Health and Environment for t

he Community College of Vermont, Johnson State College and the University of Vermont.  Before that she worked in non-profit development and management at the Center for Whole Communities in Waitsfield, VT, where she was the first staff member from 2004-6.  She has also served as a board member for the Montpelier based non-profit Planting Hope and as an elected Parks Commissioner for the City of Montpelier.

Cara has a BA in Environmental Studies from Dartmouth College, and an MS in Renewable Natural Resources and Development from the University of East Anglia.  She lives in Montpelier with her husband and two children, and enjoys growing her own food, reading, hiking, running, and cross country skiing.

By |February 10th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

VEEP Partners with UVM Extension to TRY for the Environment!

VEEP is pleased to announce a new partnership with the 4-H Teen & Leadership program of the University of Vermont Extension Service to offer a new program for students in grades 8 thru 12 to learn and teach about the environment. TRY stands for Teens Reaching Youth.

TRY teams will consist of a group of 2-4 teens and an adult mentor who are trained to teach fun, buy hands-on renewable energy activities to youth in grades K-3. TRY team members will be instructed on how to teach, remedy work with younger students, run the program and more! The program is funded by State Farm, and will be supported by VEEP energy educators and UVM Extension staff.

By learning about renewable energy and teaching lessons to younger kids, you will have a direct impact on raising awareness and knowledge about energy issues Vermonters are facing today and in the future! Students who are looking for ways to blend community service with their environmental interests, build their academic resumes, […]

By |January 28th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

VEEP Welcomes New Educator to the Team

Lisa Holderness joined VEEP in May 2013 as our new Energy Educator for Southern Vermont (Windsor, pharm Windham and Bennington counties). Lisa brings 27 years’ experience teaching challenging, treatment hands-on science methods in the classroom and community settings. She earned an MS in Environmental Science at Antioch University New England.


Lisa started her teaching career leading “Fun in the Sun” solar energy lessons on Cape Cod in 1985. She moved to Vermont in 1994 to lead the environmental program for the Putney School, and has since taught at several public and independent schools. She is also co-owner of Deer Ridge Farm in Guilford, VT. In 2007 she completed a research grant, testing the use of sugarhouse effluent to heat their seedling greenhouse. In 2012, she left full-time teaching to implement that plan on her farm.

Prior to joining the VEEP team, when working as a science teacher, Lisa invited VEEP to present to her classes. Now, the table is turned! Lisa’s passion […]

By |October 14th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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