New York is moving to boost home energy efficiency and sustainability education throughout the state, dangling awards of up to $750 for K-12 teachers based on the creativity of their proposed projects.
At least 20 awards will be available through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) program. An ideal project, according to NYSERDA, would address the issues of energy and sustainability at home, while encouraging students to take active roles implementing these concepts.
The awards will be available in communities that get power and service from one of New York‘s utility companies, including Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation, Consolidated Edison of New York Inc., and New York State Electric & Gas Corporation.
The application process will be open until October 15, and any funds awarded are to be used to purchase supplies for hands-on learning activities about energy efficiency, or for community education projects. Schools that have over half of their students on a free or reduced-price lunch program will receive extra points, as will projects using a multi-disciplinary approach, where two or more subjects are tied in to the project.
NYSERDA said it has supported hands-on, energy-themed projects in schools in the past as part of its Energy Smart Students Program, which provides education on energy and energy efficiency for K-12 students. That program also provides free workshops on energy, the environment and the economy. This year, NYSERDA is looking to emphasize to students and teachers that children and teenagers have the potential to make a lasting, positive impact on the energy use and efficiency in their homes.