Lopez Announces “Climate Change & Energy Efficiency Challenge”

State Program Offers 30 Educators $500 Grants for Creative Conservation Projects
July 1, 2009
Assemblyman Pete Lopez (R, C, I – Schoharie) would like to encourage all educators to participate in this summer’s “Climate Change and Energy Efficiency Challenge.” The contest, hosted by New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), will award 30 educators in the state with $500 grants to fund innovative and creative conservation projects.

“As a passionate conservationist myself, I am very excited about this program, most especially because it will help educators get students involved on a project that would have real, tangible results. This summer, I hope that educators will begin to think about projects their classes can propose and I also encourage all students to come up with ideas as well,” said Assemblyman Lopez.

The program is being offered through NYSERDA’s Energy Smart Students program and all educators teaching kindergarten through 12th grade are eligible to apply. Applications must be received by September 30, 2009 and include a proposal of the conservation project.

Projects should aim to include a measurable goal for reducing the carbon footprint of each student, family or classroom; show creativity in delivering the message of climate change and need for energy efficiency and conservation; include leadership roles for students; describe in detail the materials needed and activities to be carried out, including a timeline; state the names and positions of all educators participating in the project; explain how the activities are correlated to New York State Learning Standards; and include a clear and concise budget.

According to NYSERDA, “extra credit” will be given to projects involving two or more subject areas (i.e. social studies and math) and schools with more than 50 percent of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch.

For more information, including other consideration factors and past winning project, or to download an application, please visit NYSERDA’s website at www.getenergysmart.org or call Assemblyman Lopez’s Catskill Office at (518) 943-1371.