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DSIRE, Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy
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IREC, Interstate Renewable Energy Council
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Solar Schools. Solar Quest @ EcoSage, Inc
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10 Easy Steps to Biodiesel
Type: Article/Report - Experiment - Manual/Handbook - School Projects - Web site
Summary: Using the FuelMeister system is one way to produce larger amounts of biodiesel fuel for small scale consumption.
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ABC's of Biofuels
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet - Glossary - List - Science Fair Projects - Web site
Summary: This has been developed for high school and college level students studying biofuels such as bioethanol and biodiesel. Fact sheets cover biofuels for transportation, bioethanol feedstocks, bioethanol production, biodiesel feedstocks, biodiesel production, bio...
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Advanced Vehicles & Fuels Research
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Lessons - Web site
Summary: Working in partnership with public and private organizations, we research, develop, and demonstrate innovative vehicle and fuel technologies that reduce the nation's dependence on imported oil, and improve our energy security and air quality. Our goal is to he...
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American Solar Energy Society, The
Type: Web site
Summary: The American Solar Energy Society is a national organization dedicated to advancing the use of solar energy for the benefit of US citizens and the global enrivonment. ASES promotes the widespread near- and long-term use of solar energy.
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American Wind Energy Association
Type: Article/Report - Case Study - Experiment - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: AWEA advocates for the development of wind energy as a reliable, environmentally superior energy alternative in the United States and around the world. They offer a valuable resource for obtaining facts on wind energy.
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Austin Independent School District, Austin, Texas
Type: Article/Report - Case Study
Summary: Austin Independent School District (AISD) was the nation's first school district to install geothermal heating and cooling systems on a large scale. The case study reports successes, costs, benefits and a brief analysis of the results.
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Biodiesel - A Primer
Type: Article/Report - Manual/Handbook
Summary: THis publication serves as an introduction to home biodiesel production. It is a 14-page pdf.
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Biodiesel Basics
Type: Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: This provides factual information on biodiesel fuels,including what biodiesel is, how is it made, how it is distributed, and its benefits.
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BioDiesel Board
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet - Research - Web site
Summary: The National Biodiesel Board is the national trade association representing the biodiesel industry as the coordinating body for research and devleopment in the Univet States. Front page links provide tax incentive information (updated regularly), biodiesel ba...
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Biodiesel Definitions
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet - Glossary - Web site
Summary: Clear up some confusion over biodiesel definitions. From this site access fuel fact sheets and biodiesel specifications.
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Biodiesel Info Page-Biodiesel 101
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Materials - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: Included is Dr. Diesel's Invention, Biodiesel Benefits, Emissions, What's NOx?, Biodiesel and Cold Weather, Make Biodiesel, Biodiesel Articles and a Biodiesel Presentation.
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Biodiesel Research: A Bibliography and Finding Aid
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Database
Summary: Included in this bibliography are Web sites, student competitions, case studies, research centers, general background information, government information, periodicals and news sources, books, reports, audio-visual, and articles. This bibliography will be updat...
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Biodiesel Using Renewable Resources
Type: Classroom Lessons - Experiment
Summary: Using the principles of Green Chemistry, this experiment examines ways to use renewable resources to replace nonrenewable starting materials and it examines characteristic properties of matter.
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Biomass Research
Type: Article/Report - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours - Research - Web site
Summary: Biomass is plant matter such as trees, grasses, agricultural crops or other biological material. It can be used as a solid fuel, or converted into liquid or gaseous forms, for the production of electric power, heat, chemicals, or fuels. By integrating a variet...
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Burnaby Mountain Secondary School, Burnaby, British Columbia
Type: Case Study
Summary: Geothermal system saves energy and budget while enhancing fish habitat. Energy strategies include a heat pump, t-8 florescents, high efficiency boilers, heat recovery chillers as well as natural landscaping and life-cycle assessment strategies and analysis of...
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Buy Green Power
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: Included in this partnershp is the Guide to Purchasing Green Power. The Web site offers steps to green power purchasing, the types of green power products, considerations, purchasing scope, procurement methods and green power locators.
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California Earns an A+ for Geoexchange in Local Schools
Type: Article/Report - Case Study
Summary: Included in this report of case studies, California schools that benefit from geothermal heating are identified. The benefits (lower operating and maintenance costs, classroom comfort, design flexibility, safety issues and environmental benefits are briefly d...
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Camp Arroyo Environmental Education Center
Type: Case Study
Summary: State-of-the-art sustainable design principles were integrated into the process from the initial demolition of an existing building. On-site demolition and recycling of the old foundations lead to energy efficient design complete with "solar energy for water a...
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Chicago GreenTech
Type: Case Study - Web site
Summary: A model for the nation. Chicago Green Tech is only the third building in the United States to be designed using the highest standards of green technology available. It is the only one of the three that is a renovation of an existing building and the only one a...
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Choptank Elementary School, Cambridge, Maryland
Type: Case Study
Summary: This case study of Choptank Elementary School in Maryland describes some of the effort of installing a geo thermal system in the first Maryland public school.
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Clean My Ride
Type: Article/Report
Summary: School buses trundling down suburban strees this fall may smell more like french fries than exhaust fumes. That's because an increasing number of school districts are running bus fleets on biodiesel, an environmentally friendly alternative fuel often made fro...
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Clean School Bus USA
Type: Article/Report - Case Study - Fact sheet - Research
Summary: The goal of Clean School Bus USA is to reduce both children's exposure to diesel exhaust and the amount of air pollution created by diesel school buses. Key topics include overviews of pollutants and programs, consumer information,fuels and fuel additives, mo...
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Collaborative Biodiesel Tutorial
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: Included through this portal are links for biodiesel tutorials, sources for biodiesel equpment, forums and advanced topics that include filter and pretreating oil as well as a solar preheatand a recipe calculator.
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Comparative Air Emissions of Wind and Other Fuels
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: Wind energy's most important environmental benefit is its lack of emissions of both air pollutants and greenhouse gases when compared with alternative methods of generating electricity. This fact sheet looks at carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxid...
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Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Materials - Fact sheet - Glossary - Research - Web site
Summary: The Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy (DSIRE) is a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility, and selected federal incentives that promote renewable energy. To access information, use the menu to the left or click on the maps...
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Earth Easy
Type: Web site
Summary: Ideas for environmentally sustainable linving includes resources for living, growing, eating, play, clothing and giving. They have a large collection of book recommendations that support sustainable living. My attention was originally drawn through articles on...
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Energy Class
Type: Article/Report
Summary: Antioch Community High School (Illinois) is making its own electricity, heating its own water and even selling electricity to a local utility. They are tapping into a nearby landfill.
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Energy Information Glossary
Type: Glossary
Summary: An advanced glossary for energy definitions.
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Energy Information Sheets
Type: Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: Energy Information fact sheets (30 as of October 2004) on a broad range of energy topics are provided. Each sheet has links to additional sources. Topics include oil prices, petroleum consumption, renewable energy, natural gas reserves, degree days and more.
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Energy Savers Glossary
Type: Glossary
Summary: This glossary provides non-technical definitions for energy-related terms.
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Energy Savers: A Consumer Guide to Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Type: Checklist - Fact sheet - List - Manual/Handbook - Web site
Summary: Learn what energy efficiency programs are going on in your state, and follow short cuts to technology information on appliances, all aspects of solar, geothermal, hydropower and wind energy. Use interactive evaluation tools, animations, fact sheets and more a...
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Energy Savers: A consumer guide to energy efficiency Glossary
Type: Glossary
Summary: This is a glossary of vocabulary frequently used when planning and discussing energy efficient resources.
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Energy Star for K-12 School Districts
Type: Article/Report - Case Study - Checklist - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: This includes guidelines for energy management, tools to evaluate your school's energy performance, K-12 fact sheet on energy management, and more energy management resources that include financing, on-line training, and energy service providers for schools.
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Energy Star for K-12 School Districts
Type: Article/Report - Case Study - Checklist - Classroom Lessons - Fact sheet - Holiday - List - Web site
Summary: ENERGY STAR is a government-backed program(EPA and DOE) helping businesses and individuals protect the environment through superior energy efficiency. ENERGY STAR provides tools and guidelines for energy management appropriate for school administrators; it pro...
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Facts about Wind Energy and Noise
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: Facts about wind turbines, noise issues, definitions, and comparisions of sound to other sound generators and indicative noise levels dB.
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Federal Energy Management Program
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet - Manual/Handbook - Web site
Summary: FEMP provides recommendations on efficient equipment, new construction and retrofits, energy efficient operations and how to manage your utilities. It offers links for conferences, events, and a portal to EERE (Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy) for cons...
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Fleet Applications & Niche Markets
Type: Article/Report - List - Web site
Summary: Alternative Fuel Vehicle Fleets and Niche Markets for School Buses, School Bus Toolkit (to help introduce alternative fuel vehicles to the school bus niche market)and a list of case studies and success stories from school districts around the country and publi...
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Fuels for Schools
Type: Article/Report - Case Study - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours - Recycled Products - Web site
Summary: Fuels for Schools is a partnership of several state and US Forest Services in the Western US who are combining resources to "promote and encourage the use of wood biomass as a renewable, natural resource to provide a clean, readily available energy source suit...
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Fuqua School, Farmville, Virginia
Type: Case Study
Summary: In an effort to reflect the schools dedication to science and technology, this school investigated options and alternative energy. They selected an efficient heating and cooling system that used geo thermal. This case study explains the cost savings, building...
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Geothermal Education
Type: Classroom Materials - Database - Fact sheet - Glossary
Summary: This site is designed to inform multiple levels of knowledge and experience on Geothermal Education. They offer introductory and advancecd geothermal facts informail, a glossary, slide show (a lot of slides), worldwide data and map, classroom and public inform...
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Geothermal Technologies Program
Type: Article/Report - List - Web site
Summary: The Department of Energy's (DOE) Geothermal Energy Program focuses in three areas: energy systems research and testing (working to enhance conversion of geothermal energy into heat and electricity) led by NREL; drilling technologies research (for both hardware...
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GIS Index of Maps
Type: Web site
Summary: ESRI's GIS has developed maps for various resources and for specific projects. Maps include interactive maps and renewable energy atlas of the west for biomass, geothermal, solar and wind; solar maps and maps of federal energy management programs.
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Glossary of Related Solar Power Terms
Type: Glossary
Summary: Technical terms are defined for solar power.
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Growing Energy: How Biofuels Can Help End America's Oil Dependence
Type: Article/Report
Summary: This 96-page publication/report is available as a PDF. This report offers a plan for realizing security, economic and environmental benefits of biofuels. It is based upon two years of cutting edge analysis by a diverse group of experts who have worked togeth...
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Guide to Purchasing Green Power
Type: Manual/Handbook
Summary: This 50-page PDF defines green power, presents benefits and costs of green power, identifies options for purchasing green power and the steps involved. It further discusses planning an on-site renewable generation project and additional resources.
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Guide to Purchasing Green Power
Type: Manual/Handbook
Summary: This 50-page PDF defines green power, presents benefits and costs of green power, identifies options for purchasing green power and the steps involved. It further discusses planning an on-site renewable generation project and additional resources.
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Illinois Solar Energy Association
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: Learn about solar events in Illinois, access solar fact sheets (specific to Illinois)and ISEA newsletters.
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Illinois Solar Energy Association
Type: Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: The Illinois Solar Energy Association (ISEA) was founded in 1975 and chartered by the State of Illinois in 1979. Our goal is to provide energy education and promote the application of solar and renewable energy technologies. ISEA is the Illinois chapter of t...
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Illinois Solar Energy Association
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: Learn about solar events in Illinois, access solar fact sheets (specific to Illinois)and ISEA newsletters.
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Illinois Wind
Type: Web site
Summary: Located at Western Illinois University, the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs promotes improvement of the quality of life in rural areas by developing public-private partnerships with local agencies concerning small business development and community develo...
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Illinois Wind Resource Map
Type: Article/Report
Summary: Wind resource map for the state with a wind power classification chart.
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John W. North High School, Riverside, California
Type: Case Study
Summary: The geoexchange ground source heat pump project was part of a major modernization project undertaken in 2002. This project also included updating the building to meet current codes.
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Lake City High School Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
Type: Case Study
Summary: Coeur d'Alene's Lake City High School sits on an aquifer that supplies 50 degree water to a Geo Exchange system. The case study describes installation, savings, and other factors.
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Las Vegas Serves up Biodiesel for local Schools
Type: Article/Report - Case Study
Summary: In a pilot program the Las Vegas school district began running its schools buses with biodiesel fuels. The fuelstock for the biodiesel did not come from soy beans but rather grease from the casinos.
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Learning about Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Lessons - Fact sheet - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours - School Projects - Web site
Summary: If you're wondering what renewable energy and energy efficiency are all about, you've come to the right place. Here you'll find the answers to these questions: What Is Renewable Energy? Why Is Renewable Energy Important? Why Is Energy Efficiency Important? The...
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Making Biodiesel
Type: Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: A graphic diagram visually explains the process of making biodiesel. The link, "convert diesels" provides additional information that can help close the loop of understanding the process.
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Menu of ENERGY STAR Offerings for K-12 Education
Type: Checklist - List - Web site
Summary: Based upon your specific topic of interest (benchmarking and tracking, building upgrades, financing, purchasing, outreach, training, etc) this chart guides administrators through the selection and planning process for energy improvements.The tools they offer f...
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Midwest Renewable Energy Association
Type: Classroom Lessons - Web site
Summary: The Midwest Renewable Energy Association is a nonprofit network for sharing ideas, resources, and information with individuals, businesses, and communities to promote a sustainable future through renewable energy and energy efficiency. MREA offers an energy fa...
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Million Solar Roofs Initiative
Type: Web site
Summary: The Million Solar Roofs Initiative is a unique public-private partnership, aimed at overcoming barriers to market entry for selected solar technologies. The goal of the Initiative is practical and market-driven: to facilitate the sale and installation of one m...
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Missouri Schools Going Solar Celebrates First Installation
Type: Case Study
Summary: Parkway Northeast Middle School became the first of 15 Missouri schools to receive an interconnected, one-kilowatt (kW) photovoltaic array, thanks to Missouri Schools Going Solar (MSGS), a solar energy education project created by the Missouri Department of Na...
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National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Type: Article/Report - BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Lessons - Manual/Handbook - Web site
Summary: NREL provides maps, resources and much more as part of their effort to secure an energy future for the nation that is environmentally and economically sustainable.
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National Wind Technology Center
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours - Web site
Summary: The National Wind Technology Center, located at the foot of the Rocky Mountains near Boulder, Colorado, is a world-class research facility managed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy. NWTC researchers work with members...
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Neff Elementary School
Type: Article/Report - Case Study
Summary: Geo thermal heating with a closed-loop system was selected in an effort to conserve energy and to provide flexibility with heating and cooling.
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Onamia Elementary School, Onamia, Minnesota
Type: Article/Report - Case Study
Summary: Onamia Elementary School is a one-story "little red school house" with a sophisticated computer-controlled geothermal system of heating and cooling. This study analysis reviews the system's benefits, energy savings and features.
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Paint Lick Elementary School, Kentucky
Type: Case Study
Summary: Paint Lick Elementary School in Kentucky was the first newly constructed school in that stae to be heated and cooled by GeoExchange geo thermal. This case study describes the joint efforts of the electric utilities and the heat pump manufacturer.
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Photovoltaics! Solar Electricity
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: Some basic facts about photovoltaics and fact sheets can help guide a novice through to an introductory understanding of photovoltaics.
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Renewable Energy Lesson Plans
Type: Classroom Lessons - Fact sheet
Summary: Renewable energy lessons for elementary, middle school and high school explore a variety of renewable energy forms using lessons and associated fact sheets. These are available online or they can be ordered at a web site provided (see Get Stuff). These lesson...
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San Pasqual Elementary
Type: Case Study
Summary: San Diego Unified School District worked with HMC Architects to design an elementary school with windows that take advantage of daylight and valley breezes thus reducing reliance on mechanical cooling. In the landscape design drought tolerant landscaping capt...
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SBIC
Type: Article/Report - Case Study - Checklist - Fact sheet - Manual/Handbook - Web site
Summary: SBIC's mission is "to advance the design, affordability, energy performance, and environmental soundness of residential, institutional, and commercial buildings nationwide." This website and non-profit organization is dedicated to teaching and advocating for...
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School Building Case Studies
Type: Article/Report - Case Study
Summary: This list of schools features schools across the country who installed geoexchange systems, and each case study provides features and savings realized by the school.
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Schools Going Solar
Type: Article/Report - Case Study - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours - Web site
Summary: This is a guide to schools going solar, as well as solar power solutions and basics, pv installations and data, and other solar links. A video clip on solar power is provided, suggestions for financing solar schools, and creating better schools. You can obta...
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Schools Going Solar
Type: Case Study - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours - Web site
Summary: This is a list of articles, case studies and additional reports on schools that are going solar, contests, and grants.
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Schools in Illinois Going Solar
Type: Case Study
Summary: This list provides a look at schools in the Chicago area and beyond the Chicago area that have selected to use solar energy in one way or another.
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Schuyler Elementary School, Queen City, Missouri
Type: Case Study
Summary: A brief analysis of the geo thermal system at Schuyler Elementary School in Queen City, Missouri, provides a review of the energy cost savings, system features and staff comments.
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Science House at the Science Museum of Minnesota
Type: Case Study - Web site
Summary: Science House is not only a versatile program space but a true environmental experiment; because it is designed to operate as a zero-emissions building (ZEB). ZEBs produce all of their its energy needs on an annual basis.
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Solar Electric Power Association
Type: Article/Report - Case Study - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: This is a guide to schools enjoying the benefits of solar energy. It offers an introduction to solar energy in US Schools, photovoltaics, passive solar and solar thermal, creating better schools and performance contracting. Additionally the site offers a list...
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Solar Energy International: Energy for a Sustainable Future
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Lessons - Web site
Summary: SEI provides a broad range of workshops in solar electricity, home design and natural house building, wind power, renewable fuels and more. They provide programs for youth camps, schools and design and equipment training.
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Solar Research
Type: Article/Report - Web site
Summary: Solar Research information, high-performance photovoltaics, current technology for industry and home.
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Solar Schools
Type: Classroom Materials - Database - Web site
Summary: This website allows students to participate in SolarQuest with other students from around the world who are taking the lead in using solar energy and cleaan energy resources. Schools can enroll and participate with others by sharing data.
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Sullivan County Community College, Loch Sheldrake, New York
Type: Case Study
Summary: The college required a good solution for heating and cooling 10 buildings while addressing aesthetical and environmental sensitivities. System specs, project participants, and financial details are briefly described.
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Sustainable Development Project, Cochrane High School, Alberta, Canada
Type: Article/Report - Case Study - Experiment - School Projects - Web site
Summary: In June 2000, two Cochrane High School science teachers decided to create a real-life example of sustainable development as a learning tool for their students. Their plan was to install solar panels and a wind turbine on the roof of the school. They gathered a...
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Taylor Elementary School, Arlington, Virginia
Type: Case Study
Summary: Taylor Elementary is one of the first schools in Virginia to use the Geo Exchange system for geo thermal heating. The school serves as a model of how schools can accomplish an increase in energy savings, a reduction in pollution and increase optimization of t...
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Teacher Resources, Florad Solar Energy Center
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials - Fact sheet - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours - Web site
Summary: Links to solar resources, activities, and solar matters lessons can be accessed from this portal. For more technical information on solar energy, return to the Home Page. Included is a virtual tour of their new energy center.
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Urban Options
Type: Classroom Materials - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: Founded in 1978, Urban Options is a non-profit community agency which provides energy and environmental information and services. Urban Options seeks to improve the environmental quality of our Urban Spaces. We fulfill this mission through educational programs...
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Watts on Schools, Bringing Solar Energy to the Communities we Serve
Type: Article/Report - Case Study - Database - Experiment - List - Web site
Summary: Move backwards and forward at this site dedicated to Solar Energy and you can learn about what schools are doing, calculate wattage, download data, find appropriate activities and learn about the photovoltaic systems.
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Willie Nelson's Biodiesel
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: Willie Nelson offer a portal to biotechnology, products, services and more as it grows. Included is a lengthy list of news and articles of interest.
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Wind Energy Resource Atlas of the United States
Type: Database - Manual/Handbook - Web site
Summary: This atlas contains four chapters (Introduction, National WInd Resources, Regional Summaries, and References) and four appendices (Synthesis of Regional Assessments, Winder Energy Resource System, Annual and Seasonal Mean Wind Speed and Power Summaries, and Ev...
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Wind Energy Topics
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Materials - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: Wind Energy Topics provides links to wind organizations and resources and lists that offer more information on wind energy technologiges, wind turbine use, research, wind resources, wind and the enviornment and economics.
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Wind Energy: An Untapped Resource
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: This offers an updated list of the top 20 states for wind energy production as measured by annual energy potential in the billions of kWhs, factoring in environmental and land use exclusions for wind class.
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Wind Power Myths vs. Facts
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: As wind power generates more electricity in the U.S. and moves into new areas of the country, more people are introduced to wind turbines in their communities. Wind power is still a relatively new technology and there are a number of myths, some based on old...
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Wind Power Today
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: This is a fact sheet on Wind Power, applications and how it creates energy.
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Wind Powering America
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: Wind Powering America is a commitment to dramatically increase the use of wind energy in the United States. This initiative will establish new sources of income for American farmers, Native Americans, and other rural landowners and meet the growing demand for...
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Yokayo Biofuels Glossary
Type: Glossary
Summary: This is a slightly technical glossary on biofuels with resource links.
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