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
Who am I?
Who are you?
Why are we here?
How does EE meet the needs
of secondary students as they
prepare for education, careers
& roles in community?
2. Why Energy?
3. Youth Energy Summit
4. Energy Education Resources
5. Discussion & Questions
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.
• Energy costs saved
• Reduced waste
• Bringing community
resources into school
• Recognition from
media & community
ENERGY EDUCATION RESOURCES
WindWise Education: www.windwiseeducation.org
Youth Energy Summit: www.youthenergysummit.org
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