Statewide camps help teachers design an energy conservation education program

Economic and Community Development Commissioner Matt Kisber and ECD’s Energy Policy Office announced today that applications are available for the 2010 Energy Camps. The camps will provide K-12 teachers with the information and resources needed to teach the science of energy and energy conservation in the classroom and to guide students in becoming leaders in their school and community.

“The Energy Camps allow us to focus on educational programs that encourage students to become environmentally responsible and create environmental leaders for our communities,” said Commissioner Kisber. “By working with Tennessee teachers, we can effectively educate students on green practices that will last a lifetime.”

Energy Camp will address required curriculum standards along with innovative ways to encourage students to learn more about energy efficiency and conservation methods that can lead to energy savings in their school and at home. Teams of two teachers per school will work together at the camps to develop and conduct an energy education program using the information and resources provided.

Tennessee K-12 teachers are invited to apply for one of the following three camps: Pickwick Landing State Park Inn in Pickwick Dam on June 2-4, Henry Horton State Park Conference Center in Chapel Hill on June 9-11, or Cove Lake State Park in Caryville on June 16-18.

Teams selected to participate in Energy Camp will be provided with complementary lodging and meals and will receive a $500 reimbursable grant to help fund energy education activities. Applications are available online at www.tn.gov/ecd/CD_energy.html and are due by April 16. For more information, call the Energy Hotline, 800-342-1340, or e-mail Ramona Nelson, Ramona.Nelson@tn.gov.

ECD’s Energy Policy division offers a broad range of energy efficiency programs to businesses and industry, state and local governments, and schools and residential customers through grants from the United States Department of Energy. All programs focus on energy efficiency measures and promote energy cost and dollar savings. These technical and financial assistance programs and services have helped implement projects that reduce energy bills, improve facilities and increase productivity.

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