Youth Energy Summit Presentation Maee

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  • Minnesota doesn’t have any fossil fuel resources . . . so almost everything we spend on energy—again, for electricity, for heating and cooling, and for transporting ourselves, our food, our goods—eventually ends up out of state. EXCEPT the investments that we make in renewables—wind, solar, biofuels, geothermal—here in our region. The renewable energy economy means a real revolution for ruralMinnesota.
  • SLIDE: YES! Project:Educational EventsEnergy Action ProjectsAwards and PrizesExtensive Resources
  • SLIDE: October YES! event: Leadership, team-building, community actionENERGY ACTION PROJECTS
  • SLIDE: October YES! eventCareer exploration—education opportunities, entrepreneurship
  • SLIDE: October YES! event: EDUCATIONEnergy information: issues and opportunitiesHow do we use energy? How is it interconnected throughout our lives?Network-building (region-wide)
  • SLIDE: Beginning the Energy Action Projects: SERVICE LEARNINGIn their home communitiesCreative, youth-led ideasYES! staff provide resources and assistance
  • SLIDE: YES Winter Workshop: EXPERIENTIAL EDUCATIONBuild and test a solar thermal panel
  • SLIDE: YES Winter Workshop: EXPERIENTIAL EDUCATIONEnergy audit and conservation strategies
  • SLIDE: YES Winter Workshop: COMMUNITY EXPERTSGuest experts who are entrepreneurs and business peopleE=mc2
  • SLIDE: Tours to local/regional sitesGreat River EnergyWind turbines in Willmar
  • SLIDE: Energy Action Projects: SERVICE LEARNINGWillmar Greenhouse—local foods, community connectionsYear-round produce production , run by students. Heated by solar thermal and biomass (test facility)
  • SLIDE: Energy Action Projects: SERVICE LEARNINGMorris E-waste collection
  • SLIDE: Energy Action Projects: SERVICE LEARNINGACGC composting/recyclingStudents working closely with “professionals” in the schoolNLS: example of conversation w/ superintendent
  • SLIDE: Culminating Event & AwardsPublic recognition and celebration
  • SLIDE: Real impacts: Energy costs Waste reduced (costs) Community resources and interest in school Recognition from media/community: positive light
  • * SOLAR THERMAL PANELS ** WEDGE GAME *
  • Youth Energy Summit Presentation Maee

    1. 1. Who am I? Who are you? Why are we here?
    2. 2. Q: How does EE meet the needs of secondary students as they prepare for education, careers & roles in community?
    3. 3. AGENDA 1. Introductions 2. Why Energy? 3. Youth Energy Summit 4. Energy Education Resources 5. Discussion & Questions
    4. 4. YOUTH ENERGY SUMMIT IS . . . . . . a team-oriented youth program that uses hands-on, experientiallearning and energy action projects to address energy opportunities and issues in rural Minnesota communities.  Southwest Initiative Foundation: www.swifoundation.org  Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center: www.prairiewoodselc.org  Prairie Ecology Bus Center: www.ecologybus.org Funded in part by the Minnesota Renewable Energy Marketplace: An Alliance for Talent Development. www.youthenergysummit.com
    5. 5. Why ENERGY? Why NOW?
    6. 6. ENERGY: making connections science careers math communications technology community current events
    7. 7. ENVIRONMENT: mining, drilling, processing, transporting, & burning fossil fuels
    8. 8. SCARCITY and SECURITY: By definition, nonrenewable energy supplies are limited.
    9. 9. SMART ECONOMICS: Smart, renewable energy means jobs, investment, and a future for OUR kids in OUR communities.
    10. 10. Rural Minnesota isRICH . . . smart wind people soil sun
    11. 11. Connect to opportunities communities futures
    12. 12. YOUTH ENERGY SUMMIT PROJECT Educational Events Energy Action Projects Awards and Prizes Extensive Resources
    13. 13. October YES! Summit and Expo
    14. 14. October YES! Summit and Expo
    15. 15. October YES! Summit and Expo
    16. 16. Beginning the Energy Action Projects . . .
    17. 17. YES! Winter Workshop
    18. 18. YES! Winter Workshop
    19. 19. YES! Winter Workshop
    20. 20. Offering tours to local and regional sites
    21. 21. Energy Action Projects
    22. 22. Energy Action Projects
    23. 23. Energy Action Projects
    24. 24. Culminating Event and Awards
    25. 25. REAL IMPACTS • Energy costs saved • Reduced waste • Bringing community resources into school • Recognition from media & community
    26. 26. ENERGY EDUCATION RESOURCES NEED: www.need.org KEEP: www.uwsp.edu/cnr/wcee/keep/ KidWind: www.kidwind.org WindWise Education: www.windwiseeducation.org Youth Energy Summit: www.youthenergysummit.org
    27. 27. YES! is a team-oriented youth program that uses hands-on, experiential learning and energy action projects to address energy opportunities and issues in rural Minnesota communities. YES! 2009-2010 is administered by the Southwest Initiative Foundation, implemented through partnerships with Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center and Prairie Ecology Bus Center, and funded in part by the Minnesota Renewable Energy Marketplace: An Alliance for Talent Development. Say YES! Put energy into our future! Contact us at 1-800-594-9480 sayyes@swifoundation.org www.youthenergysummit.com

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