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Hello BEST members,
 
The Vermont Energy Education Program (VEEP) is a great
example of energy education in the United States. The VEEP was founded
in 1979 after the United States oil embargo led to a large number of requests from teachers to include energy
and environmental education into the Vermont curriculum. The teachers working for the VEEP hold free, 90 minute programs to
educate children on the production, use, and issues associated with energy. One
program held last Thursday, by teacher Lisa Holderness, educated 20 children
ages 6 -12 and 7 children in an older age group. Holderness taught the kids
many things about energy including the pros and cons about different
energy sources (wind, solar, hydro, and nuclear) and encouraged the children
that with effort, they can be more efficient than most adults are. In 2013, 268
presentations like this one were given at 69 schools across Vermont to a total of 6,459 students and
teachers. 
 
I believe state programs like the VEEP are an important part
of the United States energy infrastructure. Educating children about energy is very important to
increase awareness and create interest in energy research for the future. One of the most important things to notice about the VEEP
organization is that it is paid for by an energy efficiency charge built into Vermont electric bills.
I think that all states should have a built in charge in their electric bills
to fund similar organizations that put an importance on educating the future
generations of the country. Programs like the VEEP should be adopted nationwide
in order to create an energy aware youth. 
 
Derek Carson. "Workshop sheds light on electricity,
efficient energy use". 
Brattleboro Reformer, New England News. July 18th, 2014.
http://www.reformer.com/state/ci_26175401/workshop-sheds-light-electricity-efficient-energy-use
 
Thanks for reading,


Brett Nelson
Undergraduate Intern 
2014 BioEnergy & Sustainability School
Soil and Water Science Department
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