Climate Change North
Climate Change North is an educational Web site developed by the Yukon Conservation Society. Its focus is on building understanding of how climate change affects northerners. It provides information, lesson plans and resources that link directly to northern experience and northern curricula.
The main government of Canada Climate Change Web site includes information on climate change science, impacts and adaptation, resources for students and teachers, and the one-tonne challenge.
The Resources for Teachers section includes lesson plans for Nunavut:
Natural Resources Canada: Office of Energy Efficiency
The Office of Energy Efficiency (OEE) Web site provides information about how to reduce energy use, cut greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change, and save money at home, at work and on the road.
The OEE kids section is called the Calendar Club. NRCat (see next listing) invites users to explore the tree-house and find lots of information about energy and energy efficiency. http://oee.nrcan.gc.ca/calendarclub
NRCat’s scratching post:
A Natural Resources Canada Web site with resources for children and their teachers, for example:
Renewable Energy - It’s only natural! A fun way to learn more about the renewable energy sources on the Web.
Climate Change in Canada Posters: A series of seven posters depicting the regional impacts on climate change in Canada.
Environment Canada: Freshwater
Environment Canada’s Freshwater Web site includes a teacher’s corner with resources of various types, indicating the educational level.
Includes Let’s Not Take Water for Granted, teaching suggestions, reading material and learning activities designed for teachers of grades 5-7.
Environment and Youth
Environment Canada’s Web site for youth. A site for Canadian youth to connect to each other and organizations in environmental fields to get involved, expand their knowledge, and be inspired.
Learning for a Sustainable Future
Learning for a Sustainable Future is a Canadian non-profit organization whose mandate is to work with educators from across Canada to integrate the concepts and principles of sustainable development into the curricula at all grade levels.
The teachers’ section includes classroom and online activities and integrated themes appropriate for all grade levels. Resources 4 Rethinking database: http://www.r4r.ca/.
EarthCARE is an activity-based, curriculum-aligned environmental education program designed to develop students and staff as environmental stewards.
The In-School Program provides lessons and activities on energy efficiency, water conservation, and waste reduction for all grade levels, adds value to curriculum, helps teachers by providing learning resources, and contains both classroom and school-wide activities.
The Pembina Institute
The Pembina education program staff is committed to developing high-quality educational resources for use in Canadian schools. For example:
EnerActions: Lights Off, is an Alberta program and online activity that helps classrooms calculate their kWh, money and carbon dioxide emissions.
Re-Energy.ca explores wind energy, water energy, solar energy, biomass energy and more. Includes easy-to-follow construction plans for building working models.
The SEEDS Foundation provides curriculum-fit energy and environmental education programs. SEEDS is currently redeveloping its successful energy program, the Energy Literacy Series.
The David Suzuki Foundation
The David Suzuki Foundation is a science-based Canadian environmental organization, working to protect the balance of nature and our quality of life, now and for future generations. The Climate Change and Clean Energy section includes information on energy conservation and efficiency.
U.S. and International
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Environmental Education
The EPA’s Environmental education (EE) Web site aims to increase public awareness and knowledge of environmental issues and challenges. The main page includes a listing of the EPA’s portal sites for education resources for all learning levels.
U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
The Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Web site provides links to educational and training resources on energy, particularly energy efficiency and renewable energy. Information is available for teachers and parents, students, schools and homeowners, including a Lesson Plans and Curriculum section.
See the fun Dr. E’s Energy Lab for elementary students at http://www.eere.energy.gov/kids
Energy Quest is the award-winning energy education Web site of the California Energy Commission which first went online in 1995. Energy Quest includes activities and games for elementary students and an array of resources for teachers and parents.
North American Association for Environmental Education
The North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) promotes environmental education and supports the work of environmental educators.
National Energy Education Development
National Energy Education Development (NEED) promotes an energy conscious and educated society by creating effective networks of students, educators, business, government and community leaders to design and deliver objective, multi-sided energy education programs.
NEED had developed a series of Energy Infobooks at the Primary, Elementary, Intermediate and Secondary levels. These are available online in PDF format at http://www.need.org/infobooks.htm
The EnviroLink Network is a non-profit organization which has been providing access to thousands of online environmental resources since 1991.
Earth Force engages young people as active citizens who improve the environment and their communities now and in the future.
Alliance to Save Energy
The Alliance to Save Energy (ASE) promotes energy efficiency worldwide to achieve a healthier economy, a cleaner environment, and greater energy security. The Web site includes sections for kids and educators.
The Alliance to Save Energy Green Schools Program helps students through good education, helps schools through increasing financial resources, and helps the environment by saving energy. http://www.ase.org/greenschools
Windpower is an international Web site developed by the Danish Wind Industry Association (DWIA), a non-profit association whose purpose is to promote wind energy.
Wind with Miller is an animated site developed for students at the age of 12-14 years and up as the primary target group. A teacher’s guide is also available. http://www.windpower.org/en/kids/index.htm