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Energy Literacy Videos

The world of energy doesn’t have to be complex. These short, concise videos will introduce you to the basics of energy. Read More


In a world where energy information is dominated by polarized soundbites, Student Energy is on a mission to deliver accurate and unbiased energy information to students across the world. StudentEnergy.org is a universal entry point for learning about the energy system. Read More

Switch Energy Project

MISSION Build a baseline understanding of energy. Transform the energy conversation, from polarized to practical. Promote efficiency and conservation. PROJECT OVERVIEW In 2009, documentary filmmaker Harry Lynch and geologist Dr. Scott Tinker set out to make a film on our energy transition. The goal was not to advocate for one technology over another, not to suggest how the transition should happen — but to try to determine how it actually would happen, based on scientifically-sound investigation and the practical realities of the world of energy as we discovered them. The result, is Switch. During the 3 years of filming and post-production, the film expanded into the Switch Energy Project, a multi-platform program, with its home being here, on the web. While the finished film is 98 minutes long, this website holds more than 5 hours of edited video, with much more content to come. The education components, created with two of our nonprofit partners, are also extremely important, helping to instill in new generations a fascination for and understanding of energy, so that they can make smart decisions for our future. Read More

How much carbon dioxide is produced when different fuels are burned?

Different fuels emit different amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2) in relation to the energy they produce when burned. To analyze emissions across fuels, compare the amount of CO2 emitted per unit of energy output or heat content. Read More

How Much Can You REALLY Save with Energy Efficient Improvements?

This is a list of specific actions anyone can take to save energy and water in their home, along with the potential annual savings for all of them. Read More

Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves Report: Five Years of Impact: 2010-2015

Case study. Five years ago the global community came together with a common vision — to shine a light on and change the way millions of people in developing countries cook. While there have been efforts in the past to ensure the poorest among us no longer prepare their food as our ancestors did hundreds of years ago — over smoky, toxic fires — there was a growing consensus that in order to better address this silent killer, a fresh, comprehensive market-based approach was needed. Based on this vision, the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves was created. With the goal of enabling the adoption of 100 million clean and efficient cookstoves and fuels by 2020, the Alliance uses a market-based approach to bring together a diverse group of actors across government, development, NGOs, academia, and the private sector to work toward a common goal. Now, five years later, a movement is clearly building across the cookstoves and fuels sector. Just halfway through its 10-year plan, the Alliance has made tremendous strides, and we couldn’t be more pleased with its progress. The issue of clean cooking is no longer on the sidelines of development, and the sector is well on its way to becoming a healthy market, thanks in large part to the Alliance’s impressive roster of more than 1,300 partners. Rarely does the global community have the opportunity to address a problem where the societal benefits from concerted action are so far-reaching — touching on health, environment, climate, women’s empowerment, and livelihoods. The impact of the Alliance and its partners has the potential to be nothing short of transformative, and to achieve our vision, we must remain committed to working toward universal adoption of clean and efficient cookstoves and fuels over the next five years and many more to come. Read More

Defining Environmental Technologies and Services

The energy field is in a state of diversification and transition. As advances in renewable energy are developed and established, the United States will continue to depend on both traditional and renewable energy sources to meet the nation’s high energy demand. Emerging industries provide new jobs while a retiring workforce opens existing ones. Read More


Labs in the Classroom There are many ways to bring NOVA Labs into your classroom, after school program, day camp, or other educational program. Every Lab presents a particular subject and allows teens to develop their own questions and investigations around that subject. Each Lab includes an activity where you will explore a new data set and/or scientific phenomenon. While the challenges will vary—some being more open-ended, others being more structured and game-like—they will all encourage users to conduct their own scientific analyses and investigations. Videos Each Lab comes with a collection of free videos that provide the background information that will help users succeed in the Lab’s research challenge. The concepts explored in these videos range from the basic to the more nuanced and complex. Together, they are intended to give users a solid foundation in the relevant scientific principles and an understanding of why each area of research matters. Opportunities and Resources For each Lab, we provide a list of related opportunities and career exploration resources relevant to teens. Teens will find internships, scholarship, science competitions, and other ways to stay involved in science on the “Opportunities” page. Community and Social Feed In addition to making new content and data available and accessible, NOVA Labs provides an online community on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, in which you can share, ask questions, or learn about recent observations or ideas that have come up in the various fields of research. An Educator Guide For each Lab, we provide additional ideas and materials for educators that are specific to that Lab and subject area. Read More

Teach Coal

The American Coal Foundation (ACF) provides students and teachers with educational materials related to coal. The ACF offers free lesson plans to help educators teach about energy. In addition, the ACF shares information about energy conservation, coal mining, and much more. Read More

Annual Energy Outlook 2016

Annual Energy Outlook 2016 presents yearly projections and analysis of energy topics. Projections in the Annual Energy Outlook 2016 (AEO2016) focus on the factors expected to shape U.S. energy markets through 2040. The projections provide a basis for examination and discussion of energy market trends and serve as a starting point for analysis of potential changes in U.S. energy policies, rules, and regulations, as well as the potential role of advanced technologies. Read More


EERL's mission is to be the best possible online collection of environmental and energy sustainability resources for community college educators and for their students. The resources are also available for practitioners and the public.


EERL is a product of a community college-based National Science Foundation Center, the Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center (ATEEC), and its partners.

Contact ATEEC 563.441.4087 or by email ateec@eicc.edu