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Free Workshop for Educators on Energy Literacy
Pennsylvania Ag Connection - 05/14/2018

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will host a Keystone Energy Education Program (KEEP) workshop on May 17 at King's Gap Environmental Education Center for middle school teachers, administrators, and building managers to teach and track energy efficiency in school buildings and homes.

This free workshop will provide teachers with tools, tips, and techniques to assist students in understanding energy efficiency, alternative energy and fuels, and how to work with students to do an energy audit at school. Workshop participants will explore energy conservation, efficiency, energy basics, student energy teams, and benchmarking the school building using the free Energy Star Portfolio Manager program through presentations, tours and hands-on activities.

"Over the past few months, DEP has offered free workshops for teachers across the commonwealth so that our children can learn the right way to manage their energy," says Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Patrick McDonnell. "By increasing students' energy literacy, we create smarter energy users for the future."

The workshop is based on Pennsylvania's Academic Standards and Assessment Anchors for Environment and Ecology, Science and Technology and Engineering Education. Participating teachers will receive background information, standards-based curricular materials and energy conservation kits that contain a Kill-a-Watt meter, light meter, multimeters, a solar demonstration kit, and thermometers (each kit valued over $75). Participating teachers will also be eligible for 6.5 Act 48 credit hours.

The workshop is free of charge and held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required. Please bring a brown bag lunch. Space is limited, so registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Register online by visiting DEP's Ticketleap website at www.pennsylvaniadep.ticketleap.com.

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