Free Button Up workshop for Vermont schools

Students measure heat loss in different types of insulating materials in the Button Up workshop. Students measure heat loss in different types of insulating materials in the Button Up workshop.

The Vermont Energy Education Program (VEEP) has recently updated its Button Up in-class workshop, pills giving middle and high school students a hands-on way to learn about thermal energy by exploring the effects of home weatherization.

The workshop is available for all schools in Vermont. VEEP offers a free workshop to every class in Vermont, with fees for additional workshops. If your school serves students who live in towns served by Vermont Gas (Franklin, Chittenden, and Addison counties), VEEP educators can bring the Button Up workshop to your classroom at no cost, as well as offering an additional free workshop.

In the 90-minute Button Up workshop, students are asked to consider how they can use less energy to heat their home while still keeping it […]

By |September 6th, 2016|Workshops|0 Comments

Regional Teacher Learning Teams to expand to St. Albans and Rutland this fall

Isolation can be one of the major challenges of teaching science in northern New England. Educators in small, rural communities are often “the only science teacher in their school,” says Jess Angell, director of curriculum and education at the Vermont Energy Education Program.

A new program is helping to address that sense of isolation. VEEP’s teacher learning teams bring teachers together to learn from each other, get support from an experienced science educator, and get up-to-date training in best practices and educational standards. The pilot team just finished its first year in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom; VEEP is expanding the program to southern and northwestern Vermont in the coming school year.


The first year

Jess Angell, at left, leading a teacher training on climate change, summer 2015. Jess Angell, at left, leading a teacher training on climate change, summer 2015.

The pilot team, a group of nine teachers led by Angell, met four times from fall 2015 through spring 2016. […]

By |August 5th, 2016|Training|0 Comments

VEEP to expand programming to New Hampshire

The Vermont Energy Education Program (VEEP) will be bringing its hands-on programming across the Connecticut River to New Hampshire teachers and schools in the coming school year.

“New Hampshire doesn’t have an organization doing energy education programming in schools, discount ” says Cara Robechek, vialis 40mg VEEP’s executive director. “We saw this as an opportunity to help teachers bring this education into their classes.”

VEEP recently received a grant from the Putnam Foundation to make that opportunity a reality. This first year of funding will kickstart what VEEP hopes will be an ongoing relationship with its neighboring state. VEEP is actively seeking additional funding to increase this year’s offerings and continue to serve New Hampshire schools in future years.

“We hope to be able to expand our services in New Hampshire during the coming year, malady ” says Robechek, “and we’d love if our energy advocates in New Hampshire would let teachers know about our programming.”

By |July 15th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Applications now open for Green School Energy Challenge 2016/17

VEEP’s Green School Energy Challenge (GSEC) will be changing this year from a “whole school” program to a supported professional development program for teachers of grades 4–12, based on feedback from long-time, dedicated GSEC teachers and our experiences with the program over the past five years.

Some highlights of the change include:

  • An in-person training and collaboration day near the beginning of the school year (September 20).
  • Four additional after school meetings (virtual and/or in person) throughout the year to collaborate and share ideas with other teachers, in addition to the support teachers receive from their VEEP educator.
  • More flexibility on projects: We will support a wider variety of projects designed to reduce energy use and transition to renewables. Projects can be electric, thermal or transportation, and they can be in locations other than the school itself.
  • More flexibility in kits and materials:  Teachers will have access to a wider variety of VEEP kits and materials as part of the program.
  • Professional development credits: Teachers will be able to choose whether […]

We Won a Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence!

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VEEP was presented with a Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence last Thursday, April 28, at the State House in Montpelier. The award recognizes VEEP’s contribution to energy literacy in Vermont schools and communities, which has expanded dramatically in the last three years.

“It is great to have this recognition that the work we are doing around the state is making a difference in the communities we reach,” says Cara Robechek, VEEP’s executive director. “We are now working with about a third of the schools in Vermont, and hope to be able to work with even more schools in the coming year.”

VEEP brings hands-on, interactive workshops directly into classrooms, making energy a core part of science curricula […]

By |May 5th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Measuring Our Carbon Footprints at Salisbury

The week before April vacation the Salisbury Green Team was in full force. Each student participated in a Carbon Footprint Survey. This survey allowed each student and some teachers to calculate how many Earths it would take to support the lifestyle that we each had. We were all surprised that it took at least three Earths to support each family, pharmacy and sometimes more than that. While taking the survey, each student found one thing that he/she and his/her family could do to reduce their footprint. We made a huge pledge sheet, signed by all the students, recording what each student was going to do. To get parents involved with this challenge, the Green Team also put together a booklet for families. For the next six weeks, families are challenged to take on as many carbon-reducing challenges as possible. The Green Team will be calculating how many tons of CO2 is saved by our school by completing the challenges. The Green Team presented this challenge to the school at our All School […]

Killington Elementary Green Team- Recycling Project

Our Green Team showed the school a Power Point on the importance of recycling paper, ask and of reducing paper use in general.  They are collecting recycled papers and making notebooks for each student.

By |March 27th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Collecting Light Data in Salisbury

Salisbury GSEC Green Team Update

This week, our team collected light data from our classroom and halls using the light meters borrowed from Cornwall School. Our goal is to determine if we can remove one bulb from our light fixture in the classroom and remove entire bulbs from our hallway lights and only light half of the hall lights to reduce the amount of energy we use.
Our test was conducted on a cloudy/rainy day, which we figured was good so that the numbers we got were probably the lowest we would get. We took light readings from four points in the classroom: a front table, back table, middle of the room (called Morning Meeting Spot) and carpet, which is by our reading corner. We collected data with no lights on, one switch, and two switches (fully on).  In the hall we took measurements near the door (there are windows there), under the light fixture and between the light fixtures.
No lights: MM-6 fc—66 lux
Carpet: 60 fc—660 lux
Front Table: 15 fc—165 lux
Back Table: 4 fc—44 lux
1 light: MM-68 […]

Stockbridge Central School TRY for the Environment Waste Solutions

Hi, we are the Stockbridge Central School TRY for the environment waste solutions team! For the past three months we have been teaching the first and second grade class about where to put compost, trash,recycling. In our third lesson we taught the kids about nonrenewable and renewable resources. A renewable resource is one that can not completely used up, like wind or water. A non-renewable resource is oil or coal.

Our lesson started off with a journey of a plastic water bottle, where he started of as crude oil. He became a water bottle and eventually became an astronaut’s sweater.

After we finished reading the story, they made mobiles! The mobiles showed how everyday items are made with lots of resources. In lesson three they made zero waste toothpaste.

By |March 22nd, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Killington Elementary’s Hibernation Vacation

The Killington Green Team used the kilowatt meters to estimate the total savings of “unplugging” during vacation, and also shared the team’s progress and ideas with the Rutland Herald and Green Mountain Times.