Zero Net Energy Certificate (Grades 9-12)
The School Zero Net Energy (ZNE) Design project challenges students to redesign their school to produce as much electricity as it uses. Throughout four modules on climate change and energy production, energy efficiency and conservation, renewable energy, and clean energy careers, students will conduct an analysis of their school’s energy use, and create a School Zero Net Energy Design Proposal that integrates energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable energy into their school designs. The School Zero Net Energy Design project empowers students to become energy leaders in their community through the creation, implementation, and presentation of plans for creating a zero net energy campus to present before their district decision-makers. Students will be awarded an SEI Sustainability Certificate upon the completion and delivery of their final ZNE report.
This curriculum package includes:
- Comprehensive lessons covering climate change and energy production, energy efficiency and conservation, energy auditing, renewable energy, solar analysis, and clean energy careers
- Hands-on activities allowing students to explore the carbon cycle, the greenhouse effect, electricity generation, utility bill analysis, plug loads, lighting efficiency, HVAC efficiency, and solar PV design and system siting
- Practical applications in energy assessments, conservation campaigns, renewable energy cost/benefit analysis, action planning, reporting, and project implementation
- A unit pre and post-test to assess comprehension and retention of material presented. Administer the test before beginning the unit and upon completion to assess student learning outcomes
- Coverage of Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core ELA Standards, and Career Technical Education Standards
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