Exploring Energy Efficiency and Alternatives (E3A) Curriculum
What: Fully self-contained agriculture and natural resource focused curriculum and education tools related to energy efficiency and renewable energy. The materials were developed jointly with Montana State University Extension.
How: The materials are available for review at the E3A website.
Selected Energy Presentations
- Renewable Energy for the Home, Farm, and Ranch (pdf) view
- Remote Solar & Wind Electric Stock Water Pumping: Technical Overview (pdf) view
- Biodiesel: A Market Update (pdf) view
- Small Hydropower: Exploring Feasibility – Finding a market, business structure, and incentives (pdf) view
- High Tunnels and Energy (pdf) view
- Irrigation and Energy (pdf) view
- Renewable Energy Options in Wyoming (pdf) view
Assessment Tools to Guide Client Interest in Renewable Energy: These are the few key resources that you should know about aside from the UW website. Many are already linked in the website, but here is a separate list for the intrepid CES employee interested in energy. Also stay tuned for upcoming curriculum being jointly developed by Montana State and UW for a WSARE project entitled “Equipping Extension Educators to Address Producer Needs in Energy Education.”
- Washington State University Energy Extension Program – With its very large and well-established program, WSU offers many excellent resources; the “energy library” is especially useful.
- Department of Energy, Energy Savers – The best web resource for consumer level information, such as questions about lighting, windows, geothermal heat pumps, etc.!
- Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy – More technical information and descriptions of ongoing research related to energy efficiency and renewable energy.
- National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) – The website provides access to easily understandable summaries of the most exciting new research and applications of renewable energy.
- eXtension.org – The “Farm Energy” and “Home Energy” segments supply solid information and are rapidly improving!
National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service (aka ATTRA or NCAT) – They provide many research based publications on farm energy topics. Some are very detailed while others are more general.
Youth Resources (this means you 4-Hers!)
Department of Energy: Energy Education & Workforce Development – This is a database of teaching resources often appropriate for 4-H activities.