Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP) is working in collaboration with Renewable Energy Alaska Project (REAP) to develop an energy efficiency curriculum for use in K-12 classrooms across the state. Funded by the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC), the AK EnergySmart curriculum will give Alaskan youth a better awareness of how they use energy and the importance of taking measures to use energy wisely both at home and school.
Energy efficiency is focused on doing the same amount of work while using less energy. Increasing energy efficiency of homes, schools, transportation and power generation systems can be a quick and economic way to decrease the demand and cost for energy. High fuel costs and extreme weather make energy efficiency especially important in Alaska.
Education is essential in the creation of an energy savvy and responsible Alaskan citizenry. Through interdisciplinary units of study that investigate how energy is all around them, why we need energy, and how energy can be conserved, this K – 12 curriculum will give students valuable insights that they can pass along to their families. All lessons are aligned to Alaska Grade Level Expectations (GLEs).
This curriculum will help students find answers to many essential questions:
- What are various forms and sources of energy?
- How do we use energy-What various energy efficiency options are available?
- Why do we care about Energy Efficiency? How can demand side energy efficiency and conservation and generation side energy efficiency reduce overall energy consumption and why is that important?
- What direct steps can I take in my school and home to lower consumption?
AK EnergySmart Activities
If you are interested in AK EnergySmart activities at your school during Energy Awareness Month in October, please contact Courtney Munson at 907-929-7770 x13 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to cite lesson plans in this curriculum:
Maher, K. et al. (2012). [Lesson plan title]. Retrieved from AK EnergySmart website: www.akenergysmart.org