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100+ Ways to Conserve Water: Dishwashers typically use less water than washing dishes by hand. Now, Energy Star dishwashers save even more water and energy. For more tips on conserving water in the home and yard, go to:Water, Use It Wisely

Interested in promoting solar energy technology at your school? Apply to become a SMUD Solar Champion! We’ll set you up with classroom instruction, free giveaways, a Solar Schoolhouse classroom kit, and a Solar School-house fountain kit. Get started by attending a Solar Schoolhouse Primer workshop, August 23 This six-hour workshop will demonstrate solar technology and provide curriculum ideas including solar activities for your classroom. If you teach at any school in SMUD’s service area, this workshop is for you. Parking is free, and breakfast and lunch will be provided. Sign up today by emailing SMUD’s Energy & Technology Center at ETCmail@smud.org. Seating is limited....
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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....
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It's that time of the year again for the Energy Commission's Energy Calendar Contest for 2015. Get your imagination and creative muses ready and enter your artwork for a chance to be featured in the annual energy calendar. For more information, go to:

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:

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:

The GoPro Everything We Make Sweepstakes is open worldwide to individuals age 13 or older who have an active email account. Entrants may submit an entry once a day, every day for a chance to win 1 GoPro HERO3 Black Edition camera plus 1 of every HERO3 Black Edition compatible accessory that GoPro makes (subject to availability). GoPro will select 1 winner every day. For more information go to:

Join schools from throughout Northern California for a fun-filled day of competitions in speed, distance, maneuverability and more. This academic competition provides a chance for students to learn about renewable energy using solar while celebrating the aquatic history of California... If you are interested in participating or just want more information, please visit the website:


Sponsored by ING, the ING Unsung Heroes K-12 Education Awards will select 100 teachers (based on their creative, innovative classroom projects and unique educational programs) to receive $2,000. Of the 100 finalists, 3 will be selected for additional financial awards, ranging from $5,000 to $25,000.

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:

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:

The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation offers Academic Enrichment Grants to develop in-class and extra-curricular programs that improve student learning. The Foundation provides up to $10,000 for programs that nurture the intellectual, artistic, and creative abilities of children from low-income households. Eligible applicants must be employed by schools or non-profit organizations, have direct and regular contact with students in grades preK-12, and work with students from low-income households. For more information, go to:

Scientists now have one polar ice study to rule them all. An international team of researchers has compiled 20 years of data from 10 satellite missions to create the most comprehensive assessment to date of Greenland’s and Antarctica’s shrinking ice sheets…

Researchers create new material that may be world’s hardestDiamonds have long been considered the world’s hardest material. Scrape one across any surface, and it will leave a scratch. Press one into any surface, and it will make a dent. But the prized mineral’s record status now appears in peril: Researchers have created a new material that may be even harder than diamond.

Mars rover finds rocks that show where water once flowed Since August, NASA's Curiosity rover has been exploring a giant Martian crater with a mountain in the middle. Scientists announced in late September that if the rover had arrived at this spot 3.5 billion years earlier, it might have landed with a splash. Curiosity seems to have landed in the middle of a former streambed…

The AIAA Foundation gives up to $200 to science and math programs. Eligible applicants include AIAA Educator Associates who are K-12 teachers that apply science, mathematics, and technology in their curriculum. Grants may be used for classroom demonstration kits, classroom science supplies, or other materials that energize science, math, and technology hands-on learning. For more information, go to:

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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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.

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.

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

Do Something is a not-for-profit organization that works to inspire, support, and celebrate young social entrepreneurs and community activists. For more information, go to

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

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

Finding Inspiration in Literature and Movies (F.I.L.M.) is sponsoring the Youth Film Project to encourage Hollywood to create more movies with positive messages. Several F.I.L.M. movies are now available for rental or purchase on DVD, including Happy Feet, and Dreamer: Inspired by You. F.I.L.M. offers online activity guides that focus on the main themes (such as the environment) from the movies and accompanying books. To learn more, visit

The five focus areas for U.S. applicants are education, health and human services, arts and culture, civic, and the environment. Grants are also available to organizations outside the U.S. Boeing also provides in-kind donations and services. Guidelines, including deadlines for applications, are available at

Energy Quest, the California Energy Commission's energy education website for children, received two "Dottie Awards" at a presentation ceremony in Sacramento.

The Commission's website won top honors in the Education and History category. And when all the numbers were tabulated and judges' votes added up, Energy Quest had the highest numerical score and was given the "Top Dot" award - the top website of all 80 finalists. More...

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