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Dryers work by tumbling your clothes with hot air and then venting the evaporated moisture outside. By cleaning your lint trap, you can make sure your dryer is working as efficiently as possible, reducing its energy usage by 30%! That's over $30 a month!

Do you have an idea for an environmental improvement project? Apply for a Project Learning Tree GreenWorks! grant to gain the funds to implement your project. Service-learning projects that improve schools or restore natural habitats can receive awards of up to $1000. Application deadline is September 30, 2015. For more information, visit:
https://www.plt.org/apply-for-greenworks-environmental-education-grant


Start a garden in your community, school, or other educational program with financial aid from Annie’s Homegrown. These funds can be used to buy gardening tools, seeds, and other supplies that will help children learn about real food and where it comes from. Applications open October 2015. For more information, please visit:
http://www.annies.com/giving-back/school-gardens/grants-for-gardens


Join the Sacramento Municipal Utility District at the CA State Park Historic Powerhouse for a fun-filled day of learning about electricity! Families can take part in science experiments and activities, museum exhibits, and nature walks. There will also be food trucks and the banks of the American River serve as the perfect picnic spot. Tour the Historic Powerhouse or check out the electric vehicles to help expand your knowledge about electricity, where it comes from, and how important it is for our everyday lives. The Electricity Fair will be held on September 6th, 2015. Check out SMUD’s website for up to date information on this event.


The National Wildlife Federation has designed an activity that allows kids to explore how seeds travel and plant themselves, while getting physical exercise in the outdoors. With just some potting soil and old socks, children can easily collect seeds and then watch them grow. To learn about the details of this activity and many others like it, please visit
http://www.nwf.org/kids/family-fun/outdoor-activities/plant-seeds-in-your-socks.aspx


Do you have an idea on how to make significant environmental improvements to your school or community? By applying online, you may receive grants of $500- $2,500 to support your environmental project. Each proposed project must be performed by youth and result in real environmental outcomes, like launching a teaching garden or other type of outdoor classroom. Grant deadlines are September 30th for spring/summer projects and January 31st for winter and fall projects. For more information visit, the Captain Planet Foundation website at
http://captainplanetfoundation.org/apply-for-grants/


Along with a number of energy tips, workshops, and trainings, the Sacramento Municipal Utility District has tons of resources to teach students about energy, available for access and borrowing! Kits and stations, guides, and newsletters are obtainable to teachers to enhance your in-class energy lessons. Topics include global warming, renewable energy, and many more. To learn more about how these resources can help your students learn, visit
https://www.smud.org/en/residential/education-safety/teachers-and-students/classroom-resources/index.htm .


Astronomers have discovered a new galaxy. It is the most distant galaxy ever seen, at 13.1 billion light years away, a light year is 5.8 trillion miles. The galaxy, called EGS-zs8-1 was first spotted in 2013 by Yale astronomer Pascal Oesch, using the Hubble Telescope. Initially, all he saw was a bright object in the distance. But with the help of the powerful Spitzer Space Telescope, Oesch was able to identify that bright light as a galaxy. A third telescope, at the W.M. Keck Observatory, in Hawaii, helped determine the galaxy’s age and its distance from Earth. Read more about the Baby Blue Galaxy here:
http://www.timeforkids.com/news/galaxy-far-far-away/239171


Curious about all of the simple changes you can make in your life to help the environment? Energy.gov lists tons of ways to save money and the planet, in areas like home weatherization, lighting, and power grids. Read about them and many others at
http://energy.gov/energysaver/energy-saver


The Kids Garden provides teachers and parents with many ideas on how to get children outside and having fun! With emphasis on the gardening benefits for the environment and kids, these ideas highlight the importance of weather on plants. While examining seasonal changes and their effects on the outdoors, children can learn about the significance of all types of plants and why global warming should be slowed as much as possible. Suggested classroom activities can be found at
http://www.thekidsgarden.co.uk/HowDoesTheWeatherEffectTheGarden.html


Although most of the world’s pollution is generated by humans, it affects millions of animals around the world. Learn about how climate change affects wildlife and their habitats to help them survive in the quickly-changing future by visiting
http://www.nwf.org/wildlife/threats-to-wildlife/global-warming.aspx


The GLOBE Teacher's Guide is an online collection of background information, protocols (data collection procedures), and learning activities organized by Earth spheres: Atmosphere, Biosphere, Hydrosphere,and Soil (Pedosphere). Protocols are intended to be used as written, using instruments which meet certain specifications to ensure data accuracy worldwide. Instruments, as well as instrument suppliers, are available here on our site. Learning activities, on the other hand, can be modified to fit your time, resource or content needs. To learn more about The GLOBE Program and how it can benefit your classroom, visit
http://www.globe.gov/do-globe/globe-teachers-guide


Kids Growing Strong presents children with ideas and experiences that can help them form a strong foundation in scientific principles and the scientific process. To learn the scientific method is to learn strategies to develop good judgment, formulate rules, test ideas and detect bias. These same strategies are beneficial for a successful personal life. Teach kids how to think, how to evaluate and judge, how to process information and how to decipher rules and conclusions about the world. and they will have a better chance to make a good life for themselves. The ability to accurately present ideas and reasons is the foundation of clear thinking. They will be armed with a powerful set of tools that will last them a lifetime. To find out which program is the best for the children in your life, visit
http://kidsgrowingstrong.org/science


Youth gardens are as distinctive as the people who create and enjoy them. Ideally, they're created to meet local program needs, and use the physical site and available resources to their fullest. This site provides teachers with the information needed to gather support from school faculty and staff, design a garden, and how to plant and maintain. There are a number of reasons of how youth can benefit from learning about plants and the environment, and teachers can gain activity and lesson plan ideas. Keep an eye out for grants with applications opening soon! For more information please visit:
http://www.kidsgardening.org/


In spite of the last minute rains, California remains in the grip of a drought, and the recent rains did little more than change the landscape from brown to green in much of the state. Our major reservoirs remain well below historical average capacity for this time of year at 40% to 50% of capacity, snowpack is at 28% of normal and disturbing reports have been coming out regarding groundwater levels throughout the Central Valley. The ramifications have been building since Governor Brown issued a drought declaration in January as several California communities are facing the depletion of their water supplies; both the Federal and State water projects announced there would be zero water allocations this year if drought conditions persist and the same climatic variables driving the drought has driven a three-fold increase in the number of fires CALFIRE has battled since January. California — and each of us as citizens of this state — is facing some tough decisions regarding the immediate and long-term future of our water resources....
To continue reading, go to:

https://www.smud.org/en/residential/education-safety/teachers-and-students/
documents/Energy%20Ed%20News-Spring-2014.pdf


eduClipper is a social learning platform for teachers and students to curate, create and share educational content, available for free on the iPad through Apple's App Store. The app allows users to build personalized learning portfolios that showcase both personal achievement and academic growth. Teachers can create and administer project-based assessments and provide students with dynamic feedback on their work. For more information go to:
http://www.grantwrangler.com/grantManager/templates/?a=1232&z=0


MySchoolWish is an online communication tool in which schools can list their school needs (i.e. football helmets, copy paper, books, etc.) on their FuelMySchool page. Members of the community can become a real-life genie by granting school wishes online. For more information go to:
http://www.fuelmyschool.com/schools/


JetStream, the National Weather Service Online Weather School, is designed to help K-12 educators and emergency managers learn about weather and weather safety. The information contained in JetStream is arranged by subject, beginning with global and large scale weather patterns followed by lessons on air masses, wind patterns, cloud formations, thunderstorms, lightning, hail, damaging winds, tornadoes, tropical storms, cyclones, and flooding. "Learning Lessons" interspersed in JetStream can be used to enhance the overall educational experience. For more information, go to:
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/srh/jetstream/index.htm


DataStreme Atmosphere is an AMS major pre-college teacher enhancement initiative to train weather education resource teachers. The program shows how to teach K-12 science, mathematics, and technology using weather. Resource teachers participate in the DataStreme Atmosphere distance-learning course, offered twice a year to selected participants. The 13-week course focuses on the study of the atmospheric environment through the use of electronically-transmitted weather data and learning materials, such as study guide readings and investigations. For more information, go to:
http://www.ametsoc.org/amsedu/DataStremeFrames.html


Horton and the Mayor of Whoville have teamed up in the fight against climate change. Download your guide to find out what their tips are for you to help in the fight.
http://www.energystar.gov/ia/partners/publications/pubdocs/HortonESActiv508.pdf


The Center for Global Development (CGD) in Washington, D.C. has a new online database called Carbon Monitoring for Action (CARMA) that documents the carbon emissions of thousands of individual power plants worldwide, giving people access to information helpful for reducing fossil fuel pollution in their regions. Check the power plants in your area at
http://carma.org/


Create a lesson plan and qualify to win a mobile digital camera lab plus as many as 43 different grants for hardware and software. The program is sponsored by Olympus. Deadlines are open. For more information, go to
http://www.digitalwish.com/dw/digitalwish/grant_awards


NASA offers a number of activities requiring students to apply their math skills to solve problems in space. The problems are authentic glimpses of modern engineering issues that arise in designing satellites to work in space. Each word problem has background information providing insight into the sun-Earth system, specifically space weather. Teachers' guides with answer keys are also included.
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/
listbytype/Extra-Credit_Problems_in_Space_Science.html


The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy offers 350 lessons and activities on energy efficiency and renewable energy. It's website, "K-12 Energy Lesson Plans and Activities," organizes the materials by grade level and topic. A wide range of topics are available, including biomass, geothermal, hydrogen and fuel cells, ocean energy, solar power, transportation fuels, wind energy, and energy efficiency and conservation. Site visitors can learn about passive solar buildings, advanced photovoltaics, or basic wind turbines. They can also take an energy awareness quiz, estimate their carbon footprint, and then find ways to reduce it. Access the website at
http://www.eere.energy.gov/education/lessonplans/.


The EPICS program invites high schools to create engineering projects in service-learning. Designed to engage and motivate high school students in the fields of engineering and computer sciences, this program offers much more by teaching them the professional skills needed to succeed in today's workforce.

EPICS is also offering summer training sessions to high school teachers and administrators who want to use the model for their students.

For more information about the EPICS program, visit
https://engineering.purdue.edu/EPICSHS


Available for downloading from the NASA website is the poster and activity booklet, "What is Your Cosmic Connection to the Elements?" Find cool information about the cosmic origin of the chemical elements, the big bang, star life cycles, cosmic rays, and fusion.
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/
listbytype/What_Is_Your_Cosmic_Connection_Poster.html


Extraordinary Road Trip is an educational computer game that teaches players how driving affects air quality. Players make transportation decisions for 25 characters to learn how these choices impact the environment. XRT is fun and free edutainment for teens and drivers of all ages.
http://www.extraordinaryroadtrip.org/


The Alliance to Save Energy is launching "Generation E," a nationwide campaign to help youth tackle climate change by promoting energy efficiency. Youth can register to form an Energy Club, and the Alliance will support them with activities, resources, guidance, and recognition. To learn more, visit
http://www.ase.org/


As a Global Warming Ambassador, you will introduce the Federation to the general public through presentations and community events, explain how global warming affects wildlife habitat, and tell people what they can do to confront global warming. To get involved, visit
http://www.nwf.org/How-to-Help/Volunteer.aspx


National Geographic's Global Warming Simulation is an interactive map charting climate change. It also provides resources that promote eco-friendly practices. To learn more, visit
http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/global-warming/gw-impacts-interactive.html


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