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1. Energy is a physical quantity that follows precise natural laws.
2. Physical processes on Earth are the result of energy flow through the Earth...
3. Biological processes depend on energy flow through the Earth system.
5. Energy decisions are influenced by economic, political, environmental, and...
6. The amount of energy used by human society depends on many factors.
7. The quality of life of individuals and societies is affected by energy...
4. Various sources of energy are used to power human activities.
8. Wood based bio-fuels are one form of energy that is renewable
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1.1 Energy is a quantity that is transferred from system to system.
1.2 The energy of a system or object that results in its temperature is called...
1.3 Energy is neither created nor destroyed.
1.4 Energy available to do useful work decreases as it is transferred from...
1.5 Energy comes in different forms and can be divided into categories.
1.6 Chemical and nuclear reactions involve transfer and transformation of...
1.7 Many different units are used to quantify energy.
1.8 Power is a measure of energy transfer rate.
2.1 Earth constantly changes as energy flows through the system.
2.2 Sunlight, gravitational potential, decay of radioactive isotopes, and...
2.3 Earth’s weather and climate are mostly driven by energy from the Sun.
2.4 Water plays a major role in the storage and transfer of energy in the Earth...
2.5 Movement of matter between reservoirs is driven by Earth’s sources of...
2.6 Greenhouse gases affect energy flow through the Earth system.
2.7 The effects of changes in Earth’s energy system are often not immediately...
3.1 The Sun is the major source of energy for organisms and the ecosystems of...
3.2 Food is a biofuel used by organisms to acquire energy for internal living...
3.3 Energy available to do useful work decreases as it is transferred from...
3.4 Energy flows through food webs in one direction, from producers to...
3.5 Ecosystems are affected by changes in the availability of energy and...
3.6 Humans are part of Earth’s ecosystems and influence energy flow through...
4.1 Humans transfer and transform energy from the environment into forms useful...
4.2 Humans use of energy is subject to limits and constraints.
4.3 Fossil and biofuels are organic matter that contain energy captured from...
4.4 Humans transport energy from place to place.
4.5 Humans generate electricity in multiple ways.
4.6 Humans intentionally store energy for later use in a number of different...
4.7 Different sources of energy and different ways energy is transformed,...
5.1 Decisions concerning the use of energy resources are made at many levels.
5.2 Energy infrastructure has inertia.
5.3 Energy decisions can be made using a systems-based approach.
5.4 Energy decisions are influenced by economic factors.
5.5 Energy decisions are influenced by political factors.
5.6 Energy decisions are influenced by environmental factors.
5.7 Energy decisions are influenced by social factors.
6.1 Conservation of energy has two very different meanings.
6.2 One way to manage energy resources is through conservation.
6.3 Human demand for energy is increasing.
6.4 Earth has limited energy resources.
6.5 Social and technological innovation affects the amount of energy used by...
6.6 Behavior and design affect the amount of energy used by human society.
6.7 Products and services carry with them embedded energy.
6.8 Amount of energy used can be calculated and monitored.
7.1 Economic security is impacted by energy choices.
7.2 National security is impacted by energy choices.
7.3 Environmental quality is impacted by energy choices.
7.4 Increasing demand for and limited supplies of fossil fuels affects quality...
7.5 Access to energy resources affects quality of life.
7.6 Some populations are more vulnerable to impacts of energy choices than...
8.1 Sources of cellulosic residuals used are found in forest operations and in...
8.2 Transportation and logistic considerations shape cost and feasibility within...
8.3 Pretreatment processess makes sugars more available.
8.4 The conversion processess includes adding specific enzymes to make simple...
8.5 Fermentation processess use specialized yeasts to create isobutanol.
8.6 Liquid fuel can be produced from wood feedstocks.
8.7 Co-products in biofuel production use lignin in many ways.
8.8 Life cycle analysis take account of ecological factors that are in steps...
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Department of Energy publication detailing the amount of energy used and produced in 2013 across all sectors.
Associated Grade Levels: 7-89-1011-12Public
Five points of interest when discussing biorefineries.
A Grist article describing the winners of OpenIDEO's Renewable Energy Challenge. Ideas include a tree shaped wind turbine and a solar collector that also cleans water.
NASA site explaining the different greenhouse gasses and their effects on our planet. The explain that the IPCC stated humans within the last 250 years have above a 90% chance of causing some of the climate change.
Associated Grade Levels: 9-1011-12Public
A TED-Ed video lesson about the different sources of energy and how using these different resources can impact our daily lives.
Associated Grade Levels: 5-67-89-1011-12Public
Co-products of reducing the amount of CO2 include limiting the increase in the number of hot days, increasing health and providing better quality of living.
Teachers will find a progression of four lesson plans in this curriculum. These lessons focus on advanced biofuel projects from across the U.S. that are striving to meet goals of economic, environmental, and social sustainability, while producing alternative fuels and co-products. These lessons are delivered with evidence based narrative material that will engage students in the stories surrounding these progressive biofuels projects.
There are two curricular threads that progress through the lessons. The first thread is the science content to build students’ knowledge of advanced biofuels. The second thread has students progress from deconstructing narrative material to constructing their own narrative in the final lesson.
Educational resources provided by Advanced Hardwoods Biofuels Northwest
Apple partners with First Solar to provide solar power to its corporate offices and California stores. Apple invested $848 million in this 25 year long power purchase agreement.
A National Renewable Energy Laboratory report which details the decisions concerning implementing the PV market.
Associated Grade Levels: 9-10Public
A PBS website that offers an in-depth essential addition to America's energy debate. The videos are produced by Detroit Public Television and Scientific American.
An infographic showing the regions where each study is taking place, as well as the universities that are leading the scientific studies and the the links to their specific information.
"Bioenergy: America's Energy Future is a short documentary film showcasing examples of bioenergy innovations across the biomass supply chain and the United States. The film highlights a few stories of individuals and companies who are passionate about achieving the promise of biofuels and addressing the challenges of developing a thriving bioeconomy. This outreach product supports media initiatives to expand the public’s understanding of the bioenergy industry and sustainable transportation and was developed by the U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Green Focus Films, and BCS, Incorporated.
University of Wisconsin Madison Massive Open Online Course designed to highlight the impact of a changing climate while detailing how these effects are taking place and why.
International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme Youtube video describing the effects that humans are having on the planet and its potential impact on the future of climate.
Website with information, lessons and videos covering climate literacy and energy awareness.
Overview of the progress and goals for different teams within the NARA framework.
Associated Grade Levels: 11-12Public
The Alliance for Community Trees short about the positive impacts of trees in urban settings, along with some of the monetary benefits that trees bring.
Energy efficiency resources, including guides on heating and cooling, efficient lighting, window insulation, water conservation, solar energy, and more
A U.S. Energy Information Administration website covering renewable biomass topics at a level that kids can understand.
Associated Grade Levels: 1-23-45-6
PBS compilation of energy resources including relevant videos, lesson plans, and grouped by grade level as well as educational standards.
Associated Grade Levels: 1-23-45-67-89-1011-12Public
Cost and Benefit Analysis of energy storage techniques and options for the state of Minnesota.
Breakdown of costs involved with the implementation of clean energy on a per building scale.
A comprehensive guide to energy literacy with lessons, assessments and student readings covering topics including the basics of energy through home energy usage and sustainable flight using biofuel from the Pacific Northwest, among others.
Associated Grade Levels: 5-67-8Public
Check out these energy activities for grades K-2.
Associated Grade Levels: 1-23-45-67-89-1011-12
Global Change is a research program that works to understand the impacts of climate change.
Ethanol Producer Magazine article detailing the abilities of the company Algenol, which produces ethanol and other coproducts by way of algae. The company uses algae to make up to 8,000 gallons of ethanol a year, compared to corn ethanol's 476 gallons.
An environmental news and opinion nonprofit organization which compiles irreverant thought provoking articles dealing with the issues of Climate, Culture and Energy.
A TED-Ed video lesson about how many lightbulbs each person uses in the United Kingdom. A physicist walks us through the amount of energy used and needed all converted to the amount of light bulbs on all the time.
Comprehensive report on climate change covering topics such as; observed changes, future changes and risks, mitigation techniques, and sustainable development, along with many others.
A students guide to Global Climate Change. This EPA site helps kids explore and understand what is going on with climate change, what the impacts are, how to think like a scientist and how to be a part of the solution.
Associated Grade Levels: 5-67-89-10Public
Gathering of resources for the betterment of not only Midwest area that includes; courses, trainings and an energy fair, among other resources.
Website with links to improving solar partnerships in the Midwest and the growth of implementing more solar technology.
A window that can adapt to the environment and power LED bulbs without the need for an external power source.
News and Information about Biofuels from National Geographic
News and Information about Biofuels from the New York Times
A U.S. Department of Energy laboratory video covering the process of using non-food based feed stock to produce viable liquid biofuels in addition to a synopsis of the biofuels basics.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory surveyed 74 companies that reported they have commercial-scale biofuel production. This overview provides a link to the published survey results detailing the different types of biofuel and the capacity available.
Infographic describing the process of using corn stover to produce ethanol, along with a description of how the project was funded and why.
A compilation of short quizzes with answers and resources for more material. Quizzes include but not limited to Soil moisture, The ocean, Frozen poles, Precipitation and the water cycle, and How's your energy level?
This article from The American Ceramic Society talks about why we are seeing the price of PV cells decline.
University of Wisconsin-Madison professor and post doc approached a problem in a new way and by doing so, they demonstrated the utility of solar energy for biomass conversion as well as the feasibility of using an oxidative biomass conversion reaction as an anode reaction in a hydrogen-forming PEC.
A video exploring and explaining the possibility of using nanoparticles in a paint base to produce electricity at a very low cost through covering roofs.
National Geographic article discussing the impact that using floating solar arrays could have on the energy conversation as well as the environmental conversation.
PBS video encapsulating the benefits and limitations of solar power.
A guide for implementing solar power to local communities which follows the many steps that are necessary to make an informed, positive decision.
Students design and build a solar still to capture drinking water from the capillary water in the soil, and then modify their designs to be more efficient.
Associated Grade Levels: 5-67-89-1011-12
A Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network website which covers the importance of climate literacy and understanding what role the climate plays in our everyday life.
A Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network website which details energy literacy and how to best teach its concepts, this includes an energy quiz.
A study of three ice cores from Greenland documents the warming of the large ice sheet at the end of the last ice age – resolving a long-standing paradox over when that warming occurred.
NASA has compiled data depicting the amount of fluorescence that plants give off, which leads to understanding plant health and the amount of photosynthesis that they are doing.
PowerPoint presentation about reducing cost and increasing feasibility for solar energy.
A National Renewable Energy Laboratory report which details the decisions a large company has to consider before implementing a large volume of PV cells.
A few years ago, Daniel Nocera pioneered an "artificial leaf" that—just like the real thing—uses only the sun and water to produce energy. Although Toyota and others companies are making cars built to run on hydrogen, emitting only water vapor, filling up is a problem: Most gas stations are set up to serve liquid fuel.
Associated Grade Levels: 3-45-67-89-1011-12Public
Outlines the goals and dimensions of sustainability through the eyes of the DoE by way of combining advanced analysis with applied research to understand and address the potential environmental impacts of bioenergy production.
Website with energy information across all sectors with interactive maps and articles associated with energy use, production and cost.
An organization bringing high efficiency LED lamps with photovoltaic cells to developing nations.
The Washington Post article describing how large utilities are trying to stop home owners from implementing solar pannels and the reasoning behind why they don't want rooftop solar.
A 4 minute video that describes why the climate is changing and the impact that the ocean has on absorption of heat.
Decreasing the amount of energy needed to heat and cool the governmental buildings includes using geothermal heat pumps. This method of using naturally occurring heating and cooling will help the U.S. government to reach it sustainability goals.