“VEEP kits and educators brought a level of excitement, motivation, and validity to our project [on reducing lighting costs at the school].”
GSEC teacher participant

Green School Energy Challenge

Project-based learning in NGSS for VT and NH teachers of grades 5–12
2018/19 session starts October 25, 2018

The Green School Energy Challenge (GSEC) is a professional learning program in which VEEP or NHEEP provides curriculum resources, equipment, and technical and educational support to teachers who commit to undertaking projects designed to reduce carbon emissions. This academics-to-action program bridges science and engineering with social aspects of addressing climate change, saves money for communities, and empowers youth. Teachers are strongly encouraged to sign up for this program in teams from the same school.

Grades 6–12: STEM To take part in this program, teachers must commit to undertake at least one project that will use scientific analysis and data-based decision-making to save electric, thermal, or transportation energy at the school, in students’ homes, or in the community.

Grades 5–6: STEAM The STEAM engagement strand is specifically designed for teachers of younger grades, with less emphasis on data and analysis and additional arts and social studies integration. To take part in this program, a teacher must commit to undertake at least one grade-appropriate project that will raise awareness of energy use and save electric, thermal, or transportation energy at the school, in students’ homes, or in the community.

Teachers will be supported by VEEP staff through:

  • DATE CHANGE: One in-person meeting day October 25, 2018, in Montpelier, VT. This day will offer opportunities for both new and returning teachers. Teachers are invited to bring their project ideas and will leave with concrete standards-aligned lesson ideas and steps for their project.
  • Additional after-school meetings of teachers and VEEP/NHEEP staff to share ideas and resources, which can be joined in person or virtually.
  • VEEP/NHEEP staff will be available to support curriculum, student learning, and classroom/school projects.
  • Teachers will receive free use of two VEEP curriculum support kits during the school year, with additional kits at half price.

Graduate credit & PD hours

Teachers can choose whether to take this program for:

  • Two graduate credits: $750 per teacher 
  • 15–30 PD hours: $350 per teacher

Teachers taking this course for graduate credits will produce a sequencing plan, lesson plan, or unit plan that can be shared with other teachers undertaking similar projects.

* Scholarships are available for individuals or teams of teachers; contact info@veep.org if a scholarship is necessary for you to participate in this program.

Registration deadline

Registrations will be accepted on a rolling basis. Questions are welcome at info@veep.org.

If you’d prefer to register by mail, click here for the GSEC 2018/19 info sheet and registration form.

Register now!

To register online, fill out the form below and click “Send.” We will invoice you if requested.

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Team member 1 would like to take the program for: Two graduate credits: $75015–30 PD hours: $350


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Team member 2 would like to take the program for: Two graduate credits: $75015–30 PD hours: $350


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Team member 3 would like to take the program for: Two graduate credits: $75015–30 PD hours: $350


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Team member 4 would like to take the program for: Two graduate credits: $75015–30 PD hours: $350