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Posted on Sun, 09/25/2011 - 11:32 PM by Bryan Nisperos
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$750 Awards Available for K-12 Educators

For the first time, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is offering awards to support classroom projects specifically designed to increase students’ knowledge about energy efficiency and sustainability in their homes.

NYSERDA previously has supported hands-on classroom projects on a wide range of energy efficiency and renewable energy topics as part of its K-12 Energy Smart Students Program. The change this year recognizes the impact that children and teens can have on energy consumption in their homes.

A minimum of 20 awards of up to $750 are available for educators based on creativity in discussing energy efficiency and the extent to which projects allow students to take a leadership role in energy efficiency and sustainability efforts. Teachers in Kindergarten through grade 12 as well as community educators and museum educators are welcome to apply. Extra points will be awarded to schools with more than 50 percent of students receiving free or reduced-price lunches and for projects adopting a multi-disciplinary approach involving two or more subject areas.

Applications must be received by Oct. 15, 2011. Funds can be used to purchase supplies or equipment for use in hands-on activities related to energy efficiency in the home or for community education events.

Awards are available for educators whose programs are located in communities served by one of New York’s investor-owned utilities: Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation; Consolidated Edison of New York Inc.; National Grid; New York State Electric & Gas Corporation; Rochester Gas & Electric Corporation; and Orange & Rockland Utilities Inc.

To view the complete application and proposal package, please visit NYSERDA’s Energy Smart Students website at, and click on ‘Energy Education.’ Winning projects from previous years are also posted for review.

The Energy Smart Students Program provides educators with opportunities to learn about energy and its impact on the environment and economy. The program offers curricula and hands-on, applications-based workshops year-round and across the state. All workshops are free to eligible participants.

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