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Bioenergy Technologies Office

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) establishes partnerships with key public and private stakeholders to develop and demonstrate technologies for producing cost-competitive advanced biofuels from non-food biomass resources, including cellulosic biomass, algae, and wet waste (e.g. biosolids). Read More

Quantitative Modeling of Biofuels Life Cycles

This activity allows students to compare the net energy and/or net greenhouse gases (GHG) emitted during the life cycle production of ethanol from switchgrass, diverse prairie and corn stoves. Using Microsoft Excel spreadsheets, students model a range of scenarios, starting with data and assumptions provided in the package. This is a flexible quantitative model with many opportunities for modifications depending on the abilities and interests of the students. Read More

Life Cycle Assessment of Biofuels 101

When selecting alternative fuels, it is important to consider the relative advantages and disadvantages of each. This activity asks students to begin to consider the life cycle energy and carbon dioxide emission costs of gasoline, corn ethanol, and cellulosic ethanol. The various pieces help students trace energy and matter through a complex system and begin to critically analyze graphical comparisons of different fuels. Read More

Ecological Dimensions of Biofuels

In this report we summarize the environmental effects of biofuels, illustrate some uncertainties about these effects, and identify topics for an integrated research program aimed at clarifying tradeoffs and reducing uncertainties in planning for sustainable biofuels production. Our considerations include effects on GHG emissions, soil carbon, water supply and quantity, land use, and biodiversity. Read More

Instructional Resources

Instructional resources include GIS, KML, video, homework, and handout files for environmental science courses for grades 6-9. Read More

Student Resources

Student resources include GIS, Excel, and PDF resources for student investigation into the science of energy. Read More

Energy Home

Energy is an interdisciplinary technology-supported middle school science inquiry curriculum. This curriculum focuses on the world’s energy resources. Students use geospatial information technology (GIT) tools including GIS (My World GIS or Web GIS) and Google Earth, and inquiry-based lab activities to investigate energy sources, production, and consumption. Energy is aligned to national science and environmental education standards. Read More

Energy Innovation Portal: Linking Energy Technologies with Market Opportunities

Find information on energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies available for licensing developed by U.S. Department of Energy laboratories and participating research institutions. Includes 300 technical summaries, 11,000 patents, and 3,000 patents pending. Read More

Environmental Protection: The Solution Resource for Managing Air, Water, Energy and Waste Issues (Energy)

News, articles, blog posts, and products related to the environmental protection and energy production, storage, and transmission. White papers require registration. Read More

Healthcare: Advanced Technologies for Proteomics Data Integration and Analysis, and Miomanufacturing for Personalized Medicine

A 16-page draft of a white paper on the need for Federal government support of high-risk high-reward technologies platforms tools in non-invasively monitoring proteins in living tissues and systems in real time, data integration and analysis, and more effective biopharmaceutical manufacturing for personalized medicine. 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.

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