TEACHER STORY: Aria Brissette: Customizing kits & curricula for hands-on learning

Aria Brissette, who taught seventh and eighth grade science at Rutland Middle School last year and is now at Barstow Memorial School in Chittenden, VT, says that VEEP’s curriculum support kits have been “a great resource” for her teaching.

Brissette started her first year of teaching by participating in VEEP’s Teacher Learning Team (a two-month professional development program for teachers) last year. “We got to just be students ourselves,” she says. “It gave me that push to go off and redo our energy unit to my liking, and make it more aligned to the current science standards.”

Working with VEEP also gave Brissette the skills to pick and choose from the many pieces of equipment that come in a VEEP kit. She used parts of a Wind FUNdamentals kit (designed for grades K-3) with her middle-school students, for example, as well as tackling VEEP’s middle-school classic: building solar collectors with the Solar Challenge kit.

“Hands-on learning experiences go a lot further,” she says, in reaching students whose […]

By |December 12th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

TEACHER STORY: Krista Battles: Taking action with VEEP staff support

Krista Battles, who teaches seventh grade life science at Barre Town Middle Elementary School in Barre, VT, was able to guide her students in making real change in the school’s energy use last year as part of VEEP’s Green School Energy Challenge program.

Battles’ students chose to focus on lighting. Erin Malloy, long-time VEEP educator, and Andy Shapiro, VEEP’s director of engineering, offered support to Battles and her students at several points in their project to replace fluorescent fixtures in the school hallways with LEDs.

Seventh-grade students at Barre Town Middle Elementary School with one of the new LED lights that will replace energy-hogging fluorescents in the school.

Malloy laid the groundwork with an in-class Electricity & the Environment workshop. Then students borrowed VEEP’s light meter kit to help collect data on existing light bulbs. Shapiro helped students brainstorm solutions and work through technical questions.

“Erin and Andy both had a super broad base of knowledge,” […]

By |December 12th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Year-end VEEP donation drawing: Win a night for 2 at Lake Morey!

For every $25 you donate to VEEP between now and December 31, 2017, you’ll be entered to win a room for two at Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, VT! Check out Lake Morey Resort’s website for details on accomodations and amenities. VEEP often holds trainings and conferences at this venue, and the waterfront location can’t be beat — we love lunch on the deck overlooking the lake, or going for a quick paddle before dinner.

The more you give, the better the odds: A $75 donation gets you three chances to win, $100 gets you four chances, etc.

Donate Now!

A quick peek at the resort:





By |November 30th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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, Nov 27, 8 am to 3 pm (with a 1-hour break for lunch)

Where: Robert J. Lister Academy, Room 10, 35 Sherburne Road, Portsmouth, NH 03801.

Who: Middle and high school teachers

Cost: $175/person. Includes 6 hours of PD and a free […]

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