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.
Thanks for reading,

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