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Students Take Action in VEEP’s Youth Climate Leaders Academy

Solar panels on the school roof, fewer cars in the parking lot, more local food in the cafeteria, less waste headed to the landfill, and a statewide rally for the planet are just a few of the projects led by more than 60 Vermont and New Hampshire teens this year. These local high school students are part of VEEP’s first ever Youth Climate Leaders Academy, bringing together like-minded students to work on climate action.

“I am becoming increasingly inspired and passionate about what we’re doing through meeting people interested in the same thing,” said one YCLA attendee.

Student teams attended a two-day kick-off retreat in early December, featuring hands-on workshops to build skills — including  goal setting, leadership styles, media and messaging, running campaigns, and data analysis — as well as work time for teams to develop their projects. “This academy helped solidify the ideas of our […]

By |April 26th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Electricity, Renewables, and Climate Change trainings in VT

After a successful run of training days in New Hampshire this winter, we’ve scheduled more of our popular one-day trainings on Electricity, Renewables, and Climate Change for Vermont locations. Choose the most convenient date and location for you: March 30 in Hartford, May 7 in Burlington, or May 15 in Rutland.

Register at our One-Day Trainings page!

Who: Middle and high school teachers (training limited to 20 attendees)
Cost: $175/person for the day. Includes 6 hours of PD and a free kit rental.
Facilitators: Brian Betournay, Laura MacLachlan, Mariah Keagy, and other VEEP staff

Training dates & locations:

  • Friday, March 30, 8:30 am-3:30 pm, Hartford Town Hall, Hartford, VT
  • Monday, May 7, 8:30 am–3:30 pm, Spark Space, Burlington Electric Department, Burlington, VT
  • Tuesday, May 15, 8:30 am-3:30 pm, Rutland Central Supervisory Office, Rutland, VT

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 […]

By |March 22nd, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Teacher PD workshops in NH: Electricity, Renewables, and Climate Change

We’ve just scheduled three one-day trainings for New Hampshire teachers on Electricity, Renewables, and Climate Change. Choose the most convenient date and location for you: Feb 16 in Gorham, NH; Mar 9 in Keene, NH; or Mar 30 in Hartford, VT!

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.

Who: Middle and high school teachers
Cost: $175/person for the day. Includes 6 hours of PD and a free kit rental.
Facilitators: Brian […]

By |January 9th, 2018|Training|0 Comments

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!

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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!

Dates:
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