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DRI’s GreenPower hosts free, hands-on summer teacher training

Four-day workshop focused on energy efficiency for classrooms and homes

For Immediate Release: August 16, 2013

(RENO/LAS VEGAS)8-13-Reno TeacherTraining-thbTeacher Training in RenoIn July the Nevada EnergyWise Educator program hosted more than 50 teachers from across Nevada at its first annual Summer STEM Energy Efficiency Teacher Training, held at the Desert Research Institute (DRI) campuses in Reno and Las Vegas.

The collaborative program is led by DRI’s GreenPower Program and supported by Envirolution, NV Energy, Southwest Gas, US Green Building Council, EnergyFit Nevada, Green Chips, and the Southern Nevada Regional Planning Commission.

The four-day events included guest visits from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Solar Decathalon team, “Desert Sol”; Pat Skorkowsky, the new Superintendent of the Clark County School District; and special presentations from EnergyFit Nevada, Southwest Gas, and Nevada Energy.

Teachers were introduced to new STEM focused curriculum and hands-on activities focused around electrical and thermal systems in commercial buildings and residential structures, as-well-as green building design techniques and strategies for energy conservation.

8-13-GP energywise-houses-thbEnergy Wise Houses“I learned a lot more about what I thought I already knew,” said Gary Eisnor, from Von Tobel Middle School in Las Vegas. Eisnor, who teachers sixth-grade science, said he especially enjoyed learning how he can be “more energy efficient” in both his classroom and his own home, such as using solar screens and better insulation techniques.

Michelle Kazel, from Elton M. Garrett Junior High School, said her favorite part of the week was how the hands-on activities “brought in real world experiences.” Kazel said she thought the efficient home building and insulation activities would be applicable even to the young children in her class because kids can then go home and share what they learned with their families.

About GreenPower:Greenpower supports Nevada’s preK-12 educators in science-based, environmental education by providing the tools, resources, and knowledge they need. As advocates for science based environmental education GreenPower aims to increase scientific knowledge and understanding of the earth’s environment, promoting preservation of diverse ecosystems, advancing responsible resource management, and improving human health and welfare.

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