KEEP Going Online – December 2010

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Energy Saving Tip:

By using LED holiday lights instead of standard incandescent holiday lights you can reduce your energy consumption by 99%.

In addition, they last up to 200,000 hours when used indoors and are virtually indestructible.

For more information visit the Focus on Energy website at




The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) have named Dr. Kenneth Walz, one of KEEP’s adjunct faculty, the 2010 Wisconsin Professor of the Year. Dr. Walz, who teaches at Madison Area Technical College, was selected from more than 300 top professors in the United States. The U.S. Professors of the Year program salutes the most outstanding undergraduate instructors in the country—those who excel as teachers and influence the lives and careers of their students. It is recognized as one of the most prestigious awards honoring undergraduate teaching. For the full press release, visit




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Professional Development (Courses and Employment)

  • Spring KEEP Courses
  • Biofuels Education Project Coordinator
  • Senior Project Manager: Climate Change Classroom & Interactive Laboratory Initiative


Grants, Funding Opportunities, and Awards

  • Energy Educator of the Year Award
  • National Science Teachers Association Shell Science Lab Challenge
  • Grants Listing


Events (Conferences, Fairs, etc.)

  • WAEE Winter Workshop


Student Involvement

  • Bright Idea Fundraiser



  • Energy Trunk
  • Interactive Wind Power Simulation
  • Get into Energy website
  • Light Bulb Finder


Focus on Energy Corner

  • Savings with a Twist!
  • The School District of Fort Atkinson Cuts Energy Use by 39 Percent!


Energy in the News

  • Solar Power Cost to Equal Fossil Fuel Expense Within Decade, BP Forecasts
  • Clean energy gets fewer subsidies, less investment than fossil fuels, report says
  • Wing Waves tap motion of the ocean
  • Sahara Seen as Key to Self-Replicating Energy


Environmental Education News

§  WEEB Seeks Representatives

§  Survey of Middle School Science Teachers in Land-Locked States

  • Education for Sustainability Survey
  • Discounted Rates on Wisconsin’s BIRD MONITORING KITS
  • EE in Wisconsin



**Professional Development (Courses and Employment)


Spring KEEP Courses
Following is a list of upcoming KEEP courses. Please share this information with other teachers in your school. Each course is worth one graduate credit from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point. Scholarships may be available from Focus on Energy and/or your school’s electric utility provider. Contact Jamie Mollica at for scholarship availability. For more information about the courses and to access flyers and registration forms visit the KEEP Professional Development webpage:


NRES 730 Energy Education in the Classroom

Attendance at all class meeting dates required.

·         Baraboo: March 19 & 26 – 15 Spaces Available

·         La Crosse: TENTATIVE

·         Randolph: TENTATIVE


NRES 732 Renewable Energy Education in the Classroom

Attendance at all class meeting dates required.

·         Black Earth: April 1-3 – 10 Spaces Available

·         Milwaukee (for K-4 teachers): TENTATIVELY FEBRUARY

·         Milwaukee (for 5-12 grade teachers): TENTATIVE


NRES 733 Energy Education: Concepts and Practices Online

·         Online: January 28-February 27  (for K-12 teachers in select WPPI Energy member communities) – 13 Spaces Available


NRES 734 School Building Energy Efficiency Education

(These courses are only open to teachers within the school districts that the courses are being offered in.) Attendance at all class meeting dates required.

·         Burlington: TENTATIVE

·         Hudson: TENTATIVE

·         Milton: TENTATIVE

·         Oconto Falls: TENTATIVE

·         Waupaca: April 8-10 – 12 Spaces Available

·         Wausau: TENTATIVE

·         Wisconsin Rapids: TENTATIVE


NRES 735 Renewable Energy Education Online

·         Online: April 1-May 1 –  5 Spaces Available


Biofuels Education Project Coordinator

The Creative Discovery Museum in Chattanooga is looking for a Biofuels Education Project Coordinator. This position will serve as a Project Manager for Creative Discovery Museum and the BioEnergy Science Center. This position is responsible for developing and implementing biofuels educational activities targeted to K-12 students, teachers and families in both informal and formal educational settings. For more information, contact Sue Kral, Outreach Manager & Biofuels Liaison. Phone: 423.648.6084; web:

Senior Project Manager: Climate Change Classroom & Interactive Laboratory Initiative

The Aldo Leopold Nature Center seeks an experienced, organized and creative individual to serve as a senior team member to organize, design and coordinate new K-8 digital educational offerings on climate change, renewable energy and the environment. This program will be the key feature of the new Climate Change Classroom & Interactive Laboratory currently being established at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center in Monona, Wisconsin.  Position is available immediately.  Interested individuals should send resume, salary requirements and references to: CCC Manager Search, Aldo Leopold Nature Center, 300 Femrite Drive, Monona, WI 53716.




**Grants, Funding Opportunities, and Awards


Energy Educator of the Year Awards

KEEP is proud to be launching the third year of the Energy Educator of the Year awards program. This award recognizes educators who take the extra step to improve energy literacy in Wisconsin. Nominations are being accepted for motivated and motivating formal and non-formal energy educators. The award includes $1,000 cash plus $250 worth of resources. Nominating someone or yourself involves completing an entry form and submitting a one-page narrative that details the nominee’s energy education initiatives and outcomes. The entry form can be found on the KEEP website; the form and the narrative should be mailed to the KEEP office. For details Educator of the Year AwardsThe due date for nominations is February 21, 2011.


National Science Teachers Association Shell Science Lab Challenge

NSTA’s Shell Science Lab Challenge, a competition for middle and high school teachers that will bring much-needed laboratory resources to school districts nationwide, has begun accepting applications for its inaugural year. Educators who have found innovative ways to deliver quality lab experiences in schools with little or inferior lab equipment are encouraged to apply.


All winners will receive donated science lab equipment or gift certificates, a grant to purchase additional science lab tools and resources, a $300 gift certificate to the NSTA Bookstore, and membership to the NSTA and the NSTA Learning Center. Schools in urban and rural areas, and those with underserved populations, are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit shellsciencelab.nsta.orgThe deadline for entries is February 2, 2011. Grants Listing

Visit for a complete list of current environmental education related grant opportunities. You may want to bookmark this website for future reference.





**Events (Conferences, Fairs, etc.)


WAEE Winter Workshop

Theme:  rEEnewal

Dates: January 28-30, 2011

Location: Treehaven Field Station, Tomahawk, WI

Classroom teachers, environmental educators, administrators, and students are invited to attend the WAEE Winter Workshop. Join WAEE at UWSP Treehaven Field Station for a weekend of learning, sharing, networking, and fun! Strands include: Keeping the Foundation, New Face of EE, and Building for the Future. Plus the Winter Olympics, evening programs and music, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and more! For more information visit


If you think you have a presentation that will add to the Winter Workshop experience, check out the Call for Presenters!  Presentation proposals are due January 1, 2011.





**Student Involvement


Bright Idea Fundraiser

The Bright Idea Fundraiser still has space available for classes, clubs, and organizations who want to earn money by selling energy efficient lighting products. For more information and to determine if your school is eligible to participate, visit the KEEP website







Energy Trunk

KEEP has a variety of hands-on resources that can be checked out from the Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education Resource Library. One great tool that is offered is the Energy Trunk. It contains materials for FIVE popular KEEP activities (Station Break, Circuit Circus, The Cost of Using Energy, At Watt Rate, and Diminishing Returns) as well as energy education VIDEOS and HANDS-ON RESOURCES. To learn more visit the KEEP website at:


Interactive Wind Power Simulation

Harness the power of wind! Explore a working turbine and create your own wind farm to produce maximum power at


Get into Energy Website

For up-to-date information regarding careers in energy, check out Determine what job suits you, compare salaries, and view videos in related job fields. Learn about the skills needed in the energy field and find out what job opportunities are available near you.


Light Bulb Finder

There’s an app for that! The Eco Hatchery has developed a FREE mobile phone application that helps you find the right energy-saving bulbs for your home. It will walk you through finding the right light bulb replacement while telling you how much money you can save and the impact on the environment. This application will also direct you to local retailers or you can buy them right from your phone. Check it out





**Focus on Energy Corner


Savings with a Twist!

Select ENERGY STAR® qualified CFLs are being sold at discounted prices for a limited time. Replace 5 standard light bulbs with CFLs and save up to $250 in energy costs. Visit this link to learn more:


The School District of Fort Atkinson Cuts Energy Use by 39 Percent!

When it comes to energy efficiency and renewable energy, students in Fort Atkinson have been learning more than the basics. Visit this link to learn more:





**Energy in the News


For full articles, please email


Solar Power Cost to Equal Fossil Fuel Expense Within Decade, BP Forecasts

The cost of generating power using solar technology will decrease by about 10 percent a year in the next decade until it equals the expense of producing electricity by burning fossil fuels.

Source: Bloomberg – November 24, 2010


Clean Energy Gets Fewer Subsidies, Less Investment than Fossil Fuels, Report Says

Energy from fossil fuel gets 12 times more in subsidies worldwide than clean energy.

Source: Los Angeles Times – November 30, 2010

Related: The Challenges of Investing in Sustainable Energy

Source: USC Marshall -


Wing Waves Tap Motion of the Ocean

A new underwater electricity-generating technology is being tested off the shores of Florida. Wing waves are submerged in 40-50 feet of water and generate electricity by slowly swaying from side to side in the swells.

Source: Discovery News – December 1, 2010 


Sahara Seen as Key to Self-Replicating Energy

The Sahara Solar Breeder Project would use the sand’s silica and refine it into silicon which would be used in the production of photovoltaic panels, which would be used to generate electricity from the sun. The project leader believes that this project could produce enough energy to meet world needs by 2050.

Source: CBSNews – December 1, 2010





**Environmental Education News


WEEB Seeks Representatives

The Wisconsin Environmental Education Board (WEEB) is soliciting nominations for three individuals to serve as the Environmental Educators, Forestry, and Higher Education representatives. The selected individuals will serve a three year term beginning July 1, 2011 and that ends June 30, 2014.


The WEEB was created in 1990 to identify needs, establish priorities and provide grants for environmental education in Wisconsin. In this capacity, the Board advises the Department of Public Instruction, the Department of Natural Resources, the University of Wisconsin System and the Wisconsin Technical College System on the direction and needs for providing environmental education in schools, organizations, communities, nature centers, colleges and universities, and various other sectors. The Board meets quarterly, typically in January, April, July and October.


To submit a nomination, please contact WEEB at 110B College of Natural Resources, UW-Stevens Point, Stevens Point WI 54481,, or 715.346.3805. Alternatively, the nomination form may be downloaded from the WEEB website deadline is Friday March 25, 2011.


Survey of Middle School Science Teachers in Land-Locked States

Middle school science teachers from landlocked states are urged to take this nation-wide survey. Amy Gillan is concluding a study of middle school science teachers and their teaching about the ocean and she needs to hear from more teachers from states that do not border an ocean.  If you have at least one year of experience teaching middle school science and do NOT live in a coastal state, please take her survey. It will take 15-20 minutes to complete and your answers are completely confidential and anonymous. Participate in the survey here:


Education for Sustainability Survey
Licensed teachers: If you teach about the concept of sustainability your participation is requested in a project to analyze curriculum, instruction, assessment, and evaluation of such programs. Please take a few minutes to provide brief responses to a short on-line survey of 24 questions. The goal of the project is to provide vital information in shaping the future of environmental education. This is a project of the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Participate in the survey here: Responses due by March 1, 2011.


Discounted Rates on Wisconsin’s BIRD MONITORING KITS

In an effort to support northern counties to advance bird conservation and monitoring activity, the Wisconsin Society of Ornithology (WSO) in partnership with the Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative will offer their bird monitoring kits at a 50% discount rate ($400) to selected northern counties.


Each kit comes with the following:

·         15 pairs binoculars

·         1 spotting scope with tripod

·         5 field guides

·         Posters

·         1 bird placemat

·         1 CD of common birds found in Wisconsin

·         1 Educator's Guide


Eligibility: Must be in one of the following northern counties that currently does not have a bird monitoring kit (Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Chippewa, Clark, Door, Douglas, Eau Claire, Florence, Forest, Iron, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Oneida, Pierce, Polk, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Shawano, St. Croix, Taylor, and Vilas). Kits should be made available for local educators to use in the classroom or for field trips. For more information, contact Barbara Duerksen at


EE in Wisconsin

Searching for environmental education opportunities, resources, and news? Get the latest environmental education information emailed to you once a month in an easy to read format. E-News provides a summary of grants, jobs, events, and more from the EE in Wisconsin website. Visit and click on “What’s New” to view a sample E-News and subscribe. Ideal for teachers, non-formal educators, program administrators, and anyone interested in environmental education opportunities.





KEEP Going Online wants to hear from YOU! If you know of energy news, grant opportunities, great classroom resources, or just want to share a classroom project related to energy or environmental education, let us know.


Please send submissions to with subject line: KEEP Going Online Submission. All messages will be reviewed by the KEEP Going Online moderator, and new announcements will be posted to the list approximately every month. All submissions should be 75 words or less, though information submitted for networking can be longer.


KEEP is administered through the Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education and funded through Focus on Energy. This bulletin in part is the property of the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin, and was funded through the Focus on Energy Program. Focus on Energy is Wisconsin's statewide program for energy efficiency and renewable energy. Focus on Energy works with eligible Wisconsin residents and businesses to install cost effective energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Focus information, resources and financial incentives help to implement projects that otherwise would not get completed, or to complete projects sooner than scheduled. Its efforts help Wisconsin residents and businesses manage rising energy costs, promote in-state economic development, protect our environment and control the state’s growing demand for electricity and natural gas. For more information call 800.762.7077 or visit