The Department of Energy’s Energy 101 Initiative
Who has access to electricity? Where does our electricity come from? What are kinetic energy, potential energy, and energy in general? What is coal, and how is our use changing? What are our fossil fuel reserves like? They aren’t what you think!
There’s a difference between renewable and sustainable, and that difference is important. Energy use depends on where we live, and that’s changing in big ways. Population is growing but unevenly and that has big consequences for us using electricity as an energy currency.
1) Energy Potentials – Renewable energies combined with energy efficiency can provide 80 to 100% of our energy needs today with cost-effective technologies.
● Stanford University Energy Institute – explains how to provide global energy needs with energy efficiency and renewable energies.http://web.stanford.edu/group/efmh/jacobson/Articles/I/susenergy2030.html
● Renewable Energies Can meet 80% of US Electrical Needs (from the National Renewable Energy Lab) http://www.nrel.gov/analysis/re_futures/index.html
2) Military and Energy Department of Defense Sustainable Energy Efforts – also addresses climate change – http://www.defense.gov/News-Article-View/Article/603567/dod-releases-strategic-sustainability-plan
3) Civic Engagement for Climate Change Solutions
Many students are educated about climate change yet don’t know how to help create solutions. This often leaves students feeling frustrated and worried and less able to participate in building solutions. The following groups all have materials students can use to apply their knowledge to climate change solutions. These materials can be used as both class assignments and as student life activities:
- Much of our energy future is being decided at the state level. Access policies that can help remove barriers to an increased implementation of solar energy from the Solar Energy Industries Association. Have students share their knowledge at the state level with their elected representatives.
- Climate Citizen’s Lobby – materials about how federal policy options can reduce greenhouse gases and improve the economy, protect the environment and create jobs.Their online tool provides a suggested script for students and/or community members to communicate their message and makes it easy to find members of Congress’ phone number. Click here to email and here to tweet a message as well.
- www.350.org – organized activities to educate the public and elected representatives about possible solutions
- Union of Concerned Scientists – provides information on how to advocate for solutions
Busting the Myths about the Affordability of Solar Energy – real life example of how policy can make solar energy affordable to all building owners, with utility bill savings paying for the solar. Georgia’s “Solar Power Free-Market Financing Act of 2015” allows wide access to solar and cost effective implementation. – http://www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/blog/capitol_vision/2015/05/gov-deal-signs-solar-bill.html
4) Clean Energy Education Call to Action and resources for all educators. From networks of 40+ national higher education associations and HEASC Fellow from MIT’s energy Lab. Includes essential info about clean energy plus links to energy and climate change solutions – http://dans.aashe.org/sites/g/files/g320196/f/201507/Energy_Call_to_Action_v2.docx
5) Materials for curricula, employment projections, and career pathways in energy. Hundreds of resources and links about solar, wind, biofuels, energy efficiency, sustainable agriculture, green building, and more from the sustainability initiative of the American Association of Community Colleges – http://www.theseedcenter.org/Resources/Resource-Center
6) Community energy conversations where people from diverse political backgrounds can, in an atmosphere of civil discourse, reach common ground for our energy future – http://www.livingroomconversations.org/community-energy-conversations/
“Talking Truth: Finding Your Voice Around the Climate Crisis”, compiled by Kris Nelson and Madeleine Charney.
Selected Resources for Spring 2016 by University of Massachusetts Amherst
Workforce Development and Solar, provided by Jen Fuller (Haag, S., Pasqualetti, M., & Manning, M. (2012). Industry perceptions of solar energy policy in the American southwest. Journal of Integrative Environmental Sciences, 9(1), 37-50.)
Literacy Principles supported by fundamental concepts: www.energy.gov/energyliteracy
“Energy and society” course at UC Berkeley
James Donev – U. of Calgary – A free online textbook energy- Encyclopedia, not a course book
Energy 101 – MOOC (Michael Weber)
HESN (development, not just energy) The Higher Education Solutions Network (HESN) is a partnership between USAID and seven top universities, designed to channel the ingenuity of university students, researchers, and faculty towards global development. https://www.usaid.gov/hesn
Physics of Sustainable Energy – back of the envelope methods
Gapminder.org – Outdated data!
International Energy Agency (IEA) & Energy Information Agency (EIA)
Dallas – Calgary Oil World Nexus
Michael Cohen’s Energy Game “Griddle” http://citris-uc.org/social-apps-lab/project/griddle/
The Great Energy Challenge http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/energy/great-energy-challenge/about/ (National Geographic / Shell)
Energy Education: Easy, Difficult, or Both? David E. Blockstein, National Council on Science and the Environment (NCSE), Catherine H. Middlecamp, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison and John H. Perkins, The Evergreen State College http://www.jsedimensions.org/wordpress/content/energy-education-easy-difficult-or-both_2015_01/
Bioenergy: Biomass to Biofuels, edited by Anju Dahiya and published by Elsevier Inc. / Academic Press (ISBN 978-0-12-407909-0; TP339.D34 2015). Anju Dahiya and her panel of experts explore not only biomass for transportation fuels, also for heat / power generation. Teacher resources page: http://advancedbiofuelsusa.info/education/for-teachers. PowerPoint slide resources: http://advancedbiofuelsusa.info/biofuels-basics/primer.