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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Energy Smart students program funds projects in classrooms across NYS

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is awarding grants to 23 innovative projects that will teach students about global climate change and energy efficient behavior.  The Climate Change and Energy Efficiency Challenge was developed to encourage energy-efficient behavior in school, at home, and in the community. Projects were judged on their creativity and the extent to which they provide students with a leadership role in school and community efforts. Over the past five years, 86 educational projects have been funded. 

The funding was awarded through NYSERDA’s Energy Smart Students Program, which offers free-of-charge workshops to help educators at all levels teach about energy forms and sources, renewable energy, climate change, and the environmental impacts of our energy decisions. Each teacher also receives detailed lesson plans, correlated to the New York State Learning Standards, as well as an assortment of posters and classroom materials. Workshops are held across the state year-round.

To learn more, or to find a complete schedule of energy workshops in your area, visit, call 1-877-NY-SMART (Option 6), or e-mail