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.
Renewables & Sustainability:
- The SEED Center Resources: 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.
- Resource List: Stanford University Energy Institute – to provide global energy needs with energy efficiency and renewable energies.
- National Renewable Energy Lab: Renewable Energies Can meet 80% of US Electrical Needs .
- Department of Defense’s Strategic Sustainability Plan
- Advanced Biofuels USA: Resources for Teachers
- Powerpoint Presentations for public use.
- NOAA’s Climate Information Resources
Civic Engagement Tools and Action for Climate Change Solutions:
- 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.
- Union of Concerned Scientists – provides information on how to advocate for solutions.
- 350.org – organized activities to educate the public and elected representatives about possible solutions.
- Solar Energy Industries Association
- Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency
- Local Governments for Sustainability
- Clean Energy States Alliance
- Clean Energy Education Call to Action: essential info about clean energy plus links to energy and climate change solutions from networks of 40+ national higher education associations and HEASC Fellows from MIT’s energy lab.
- National Energy Foundation’s “National Energy Literacy Among High School Seniors and Recent Graduates”.
- Energy Site Guide teaching resources, courses, and activities (SERC)
- InTeGrate Modules and Courses (SERC Carelton College)
- Teaching Energy Literacy
- Community Energy Conversations: where people from diverse political backgrounds can, in an atmosphere of civil discourse, reach common ground for our energy future.
- Resource List: “Talking Truth: Finding Your Voice Around the Climate Crisis”, complied by Kris Nelson and Madeleine Charney (UMass Amherst).
- DOE’s Energy Literacy Framework Resources
- Article: “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.
- The Higher Education Solutions Network (HESN) – a partnership between USAID and seven top universities, designed to channel the ingenuity of university students, researchers, and factuality towards global development.
Multimedia Tools and Interactives:
- UK Dept. of Energy & Climate Change 2050 Calculator
- Energy Visualization Collection (SERC/Teach the Earth)
- Climate Central: A Science & News Organization
- University of Queensland’s Denial101x YouTube Channel
- NASA’s Global Climate Change Interactive
- NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio
- Bloomberg.com Animation: Hottest Year on Record
- National Geographic’s The Great Energy Challenge
- Smithsonian.com Interactive: Mapping Renewable Energy Around the World
- NCSE Blog
- Earth and Mind Blog (SERC)
- Yale Program on Climate Change Communication
- Talking Truth (UMass Amherst)
- Climate Politics
- Alliance to Save Energy
- Skeptical Science
Interesting Articles and Papers:
- Report: “National Academy of Sciences Warns Nuclear Industry’s Safety Measures are ‘Inadequate” by Laura Barron-Lopez (The Hill 2014).
- Unlocking Distributed Generation Value from IREC (2013).
- “Companies Unplug from the Electric Grid..” by Rebecca Smith and Cassandra Sweet (WSJ 2013).
- “Valuing Earth: Economics, Ecology, Ethics” by Herman E. Daly and Kenneth N. Townsend (1993).
- “Policy: Hurricane Katrina’s Lessons for the World” by Edward B. Barbier (Nature.com 2015).
- 80-page Report: “Energy Demands on Water Resources: Report to Congress on the Interdependency of Energy and Water,” (Department of Energy 2006).
- UN Publication: Agenda 21
- UN Publication: “The Water for Life Decade”
- DOE’s Water-Energy Nexus Report (2014)
- EPA’s “Plain English Guide to the Clean Air Act”
- US Global Climate Change Research Program Report: “Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States”
- Rocky Mountain Institute’s Archives: “a database of various publications authored by RMI staff over 35 years”.
- “Changing Energy: The Transition to a Sustainable Future” by John H. Perkins (Univ. of California Press 2017).
- “Regulating the Polluters: Markets and Strategies for Protecting the Global Environment” by Alexander Ovodenko (Oxford Univ. Press 2017).
- “Winning the Oil Endgame: Innovation for Profits, Jobs, and Security” by Amory Lovins, et al. (Rocky Mountain Institute 2005).
- “Brittle Power” by Amory and Hunter Lovins (Brick House Publishing Co.; Rocky Mountain Institute 2001).
- “Energy and Security: Strategies for a World in Transition” by Jan H. Kalicki and David L. Goldwyn (Johns Hopkins University Press 2013).
- “The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World” by Daniel Yergin (Penguin Books 2012).
- “The World is Flat” by Thomas L. Friedman (Picador 2007).
- “Lexus and the Olive Tree: Understanding Globalization” by Thomas L. Friedman (Picador 2012).
- “Hot, Flat, and Crowded” by Thomas L. Friedman (Picador 2009).
- “Rays of Hope: The Transition to a Post-Petroleum World” by Denis Hayes (WW Norton & Co. Inc. 1977).
- “Reducing Vulnerability: The Energy Jugular” by Amory and Hunter Lovins (ICS Press, Rocky Mountain Institute 1984).
- “Small is Profitable: The Hidden Economic Benefits of Making Electrical Resources the Right Size” by Amory Lovins, et al. (Rocky Mountain Institute 2002).