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Wisconsin K-12 Energy Education Program (KEEP) 20 Years of Empowering Energy Education in Wisconsin


Preparing communities to make informed energy choices now and for a sustainable future

Wisconsin K-12 Energy Education Program (KEEP)

Executive Summary


his report summarizes the major accomplishments and activities conducted by the Wisconsin K-12 Energy Education Program (KEEP) since 1995. It builds on KEEP’s 10-Year and 15-Year Progress Reports documenting the continued successes and new programs implemented in response to the constantly changing education and energy sectors. The pull-out timeline summarizes the major events, partnerships, and supporters spanning the two decades of KEEP. For more specifics on the history of KEEP, read the Development and Evolution section. This section summarizes the evolution of the program from 1995 to 2015 highlighting the major program focus for each stage of KEEP’s existence. There is also a one-page narrative of KEEP’s history providing more background information that laid the foundation for this successful program. KEEP’s numerous accomplishments can be credited to the many people who have been involved at several levels to make the program a national and international model for K-12 energy education. This report also highlights the funding groups, stakeholders represented on the advisory group, administrators, current and past staff members, and ad hoc instructors giving recognition to the public and private collaboration among energy and educational leaders in the state. In more detail, specific highlights were selected and described from KEEP’s last 10 years as a continuation from KEEP’s 10-Year Report. These highlights are organized under one of the five core programmatic areas: Professional Development, Curriculum and Resources, Student Involvement, Networking and Outreach, and Funding. Each section includes statistics, testimonies, images, and succinct descriptions of major accomplishments from the last decade. Also included in the report are highlights from the various evaluations and assessments KEEP conducts to assess program effectiveness and gather feedback from teachers. This section includes evaluations conducted by third parties to measure program effectiveness. Ongoing evaluation and assessment remain essential for measuring KEEP’s outcomes. The What’s Next for KEEP? section will describe the upcoming program initiatives. In the coming years, KEEP will be building more opportunities to advance student skills and knowledge in STEM education and climate change education. Programs will bridge community resources found at nature centers, technical colleges, and municipalities to advance student opportunities and career development in energy. Cool Choices and Green & Healthy Schools will continue to be leveraged to engage whole–school communities in energy efficiency and conservation. The advancement of energy education is just as important now as it was 20 years ago. KEEP plans to remain a leader in K-12 energy education.

Kendra Liddicoat, Ph.D.

Interim Director, Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education (2015-2016) Assistant Professor - Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Management University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point


Table of Contents Director’s Note................................................................................. Introduction...................................................................................... Administration, Financial Support, and Staff................................ Development and Evolution.......................................................... Professional Development............................................................. Curriculum and Resources............................................................. Student Involvement....................................................................... Networking and Outreach............................................................. Funding Opportunities.................................................................... What’s Next for KEEP?..................................................................... History................................................................................................ Project and Program Evaluations.................................................. Awards and Publications ................................................................ Letters of Support.............................................................................

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he K-12 Energy Education Program has been a national model for effective energy education. We are lucky to have this awesome program in Wisconsin as it has contributed to increasing the energy literacy of thousands of Wisconsin citizens. This increased energy literacy has surely led to improving the quality of life in Wisconsin communities. The dedicated and talented staff deserve a sincere thank you for their outstanding and award-winning efforts.

Randy Champeau, Ph.D.

Former Director, Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education (1991-2012) Emeritus Professor, College of Natural Resources, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point


Director’s Note


nergy education is as important today as it was in 1995 when the Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education and its partners launched the Wisconsin K-12 Energy Education Program (KEEP). The U.S. Energy Information Administration predicts that worldwide energy production and energy use will continue to grow over the next 30 years, with some of that production shifting to renewable sources. It is up to the citizens of Wisconsin to decide what those trends will mean in our state. I am proud to be leading a program that has increased the energy literacy of thousands of teachers and their students across Wisconsin. As a result of KEEP’s work, schools are saving energy and saving money, teachers are providing engaging inquiry-based lessons, students are becoming interested in STEM and energy careers, and families are choosing to conserve energy in their homes. As a newcomer to KEEP, I am grateful for the foresight of the KEEP staff who have continued to develop relevant curriculum materials, meet evolving teacher professional development needs, and be engaged with the energy community in Wisconsin. I am also grateful for the support of the Wisconsin utilities, Focus on Energy, Seventhwave, and other funders who have seen value in educating their current and future customers about energy production, energy use, and energy conservation. Increasing the energy literacy of multiple generations across an entire state takes time and persistence. KEEP is a model of what can happen when we invest in energy education over 20 years. I am excited to see how KEEP will build on its strong foundation and continue to innovate in the next 20 years!

Kendra Liddicoat, Ph.D.

Interim Director, Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education (2015-2016) Assistant Professor - Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Management University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point


Introduction Background

The Wisconsin K-12 Energy Education Program (KEEP), a program of the Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education (WCEE) located within the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point College of Natural Resources, was created to promote energy education in Wisconsin. KEEP is the product of an innovative public private partnership between educators and energy professionals.


Preparing communities to make informed energy choices now and for a sustainable future.


Initiate and facilitate the development, dissemination, implementation, and evaluation of energy education in Wisconsin schools.


To leverage teacher education to improve and increase energy literacy in Wisconsin’s K-12 schools as a means of contributing to statewide energy savings. The Wisconsin K-12 Energy Education Program (KEEP), along with a network of energy education partners, celebrated 20 years of energy education in Wisconsin in 2015. The success of KEEP from both the private and public standpoints reflects well on the various organizations that have invested in energy education, communicating their support of developing energy literacy among teachers and their students.

that supports teacher empowerment and school staff engagement to integrate energy education into curriculum. School staff and energy resource managers have come to recognize KEEP as an effective mechanism for increasing and improving energy education in Wisconsin. This report documents KEEP’s history and outlines programmatic successes that will ultimately guide the next 20 years of energy education in Wisconsin. KEEP’s various stages of development throughout its 20-year history are outlined below. ■

KEEP staff and course instructors work together to provide a proactive program

Development and Evolution Stage 1 (1995 – 1997): Initial Funding: Development and Implementation Stage 2 (1998 – 1999): Project Funding: Outreach and Networking Stage 3 (2000 – 2003): Public Benefits: Innovation and Enrichment Stage 4 (2004 – 2005): Continued Support: Maintaining and Refining Stage 5 (2006 – 2008): Targeted Audiences: Global and Specialized Educators Stage 6 (2009 – 2012): Community Connections: School to Home Energy Education Stage 7 (2013 – present): Green & Healthy Schools: Engaging the Whole School Community

Of all of the initiatives Seventhwave has supported since our founding in 1989, KEEP may be the most impactful. KEEP provides environmental thought-leadership and practical curriculum support for teachers. These teachers work with kids when they are forming their lifelong behaviors and value systems; through the inspiration and leadership of teachers, Wisconsin’s children become lifelong environmental stewards. There’s no technology that can take the place of teaching a child about how to be aware of and mitigate their environmental footprint through all of the choices they make as they grow into citizens. - Marge Anderson, Executive Vice President, Seventhwave 5

Administration, Financial Support and Staff Sustaining Financial Supporters Alliant Energy Focus on Energy Madison Gas and Electric We Energies Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education

Wisconsin Public Service Corporation WPPI Energy University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Wisconsin Environmental Education Foundation Xcel Energy

Program Support College of Natural Resources, Seventhwave Continuing Education, UW-Stevens Point Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation Cool Choices

Current Staff Annie Baker, School Energy Education Specialist Jamie Mollica, Program Specialist (2006-present) (2013-present) Kelly Smith, School to Home Energy Education Jenny Christopher, Graduate Assistant Specialist (2013-present) (2014-present) Sara Windjue, Energy Education Specialist Dan Martinson, Communications Coordinator (2005-present) (2012-present)

Thank You to Past Staff Beth Beimel, Program Assistant (2009-2011) Ginny Carlton, Program Assistant (1995-1997) Lindsay Dahl, Program Assistant (2004) Susan Ermer, Outreach Specialist (2000-2004) Catherine Estes, Graduate Assistant (2001-2003) Theresa Ford, Graduate Assistant (2007-2009) Samantha Giraud, Sustainable Energy Education Specialist (2011) Michelle Gransee-Bowman, Renewable Energy Education Specialist (2000-2004) Carrie Hembree, Outreach Specialist (2002-2006) Stephanie Kane, Graduate Assistant (2001-2003)

Steve Knudsen, Coordinator of Research (1995-1997) Bonnie (Evonne) Koop, Graduate Assistant (1998-1999) Jennie Lane, Ph.D., Program Director (1995-2012) Corky McReynolds, Ph.D., Team Leader (1995-1997) Nicole Rice, Sustainable Energy Education Project Assistant (2012) Melissa Rickert, School Energy Education Specialist (2006-2010) Jill Weiss, Program Assistant (2005-2006) Bobbi Zbleski, Program Specialist (1998-2001) Carrie Bea Ziolkowski, Program Coordinator (2001-2012)


Energy education is important because it allows for more informed consumers. It also fosters the development of new employees and interest in working in the energy industry. I believe that KEEP has increased energy literacy by providing the resources to teachers throughout the state of Wisconsin. -Kelly Zagrzebski, Wisconsin Public Service Corporation 6

Administration, Financial Support and Staff Administration Randy Champeau, Ph.D., Director, Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education (1995-2012) Jodi Hermsen, WCEE Office Manager (2015-present) Jennie Lane, Ph.D., Program Director (1995-2012) Kendra Liddicoat, Ph.D., Interim Director, Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education (2015-2016)

Becky Martin, WCEE Office Manager (2010-2015) Susan Schuller, Program Coordinator, Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education (2012-2015) Jeremy Solin, Ph.D., Interim Director, Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education (2012-2015) Carol Wake, WCEE Office Manager (1995-2010)

2015 Advisory Group Alliant Energy Boys & Girls Club of Portage County Citizens Utility Board of Wisconsin, Inc. Cool Choices Seventhwave Focus on Energy Fond du Lac High School Glendale-River Hills/ Maple Dale-Indian Hill School Districts Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center LEAF - Wisconsin K-12 Forestry Education Program Madison Gas and Electric

Midwest Renewable Energy Association Milwaukee Public School District University of Wisconsin-Extension Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center We Energies Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation Wisconsin Energy Institute Wisconsin Public Service Corporation Wisconsin Public Service Commission WPPI Energy Xcel Energy

Ad Hoc Instructors (2006-2015) Pat Arndt (current) Susan Barrett Janie Besharse Jennifer Brinker (current) Terrie Cooper (current) Doug Dimmer (current) Cynthia Edlund, Ed.D. (current) Jack Finger Jeanine Gelhaus (current) Michelle Gransee-Bowman Floyd Henschel Jim Jenson Steve Knudsen (current) Nels Lawrence (current) Scott Liddicoat (current)

Don Lutz Pat Marinac Ted May Tehri Parker Beth Piggush Laureanna Raymond-Duvernell (current) Melissa Rickert (current) Charlie Schneider (current) Susan Schuller (current) Dria Setter Ken Walz, Ph.D. (current) Dennis Weibel Dan York Kelly Zagrzebski


The following section contains a summary of each stage of KEEP highlighting the major accomplishment and activities during that stage. All accomplishments listed were completed by KEEP staff with the support of our sponsors and stakeholders, including energy resource managers, ad hoc instructors, teachers, and students. Each project has helped KEEP accomplish its goal of increasing and improving energy education in Wisconsin.

Development and Evolution 1995 - 1997 | Initial Funding: Development and Implementation KEEP began as a project with initial funding through Seventhwave (previously Energy Center of Wisconsin) and the Wisconsin Environmental Education Board. During this time, the guiding document of KEEP, the Conceptual Guide to K-12 Energy Education in Wisconsin, was developed as well as the first Energy Education Activity Guide. A network of ad hoc instructors was identified who continue to be the frontline advocates of energy education and who teach KEEP courses around the state. The first 600 teachers were trained to integrate energy education into their curricula via KEEP courses taught by ad hoc instructors.

1998 - 1999 | Project Funding: Outreach and Networking With annual operational funding through Seventhwave, KEEP staff were able to develop projects and activities that highlight and celebrate energy education in Wisconsin in addition to creating a network of energy educators. This stage focused on communicating the importance of energy education which included the first biannual newsletter, electronic bulletin and website.

2000 - 2003 | Public Benefits: Innovation and Enrichment Funding from Focus on Energy launched KEEP forward to extend programming to develop additional energy courses for teachers, enrichment programs for students, and outreach activities to extend the reach of energy literacy to more people statewide. This included the coordination of the Bookmark Contest and establishment of the Bright Idea Fundraiser, online courses, and hosting the Educator Tent at the Midwest Renewable Energy and Sustainable Living Fair.

2004 - 2005 | Continued Support: Maintaining and Refining This stage focused on the development of new, focused courses for teachers to expand on the initial KEEP course. The School Building Energy Efficiency Education and Doable Renewables courses provided additional ways for teachers to enhance their energy education efforts. This stage also provided the opportunity for KEEP to develop relationships with targeted audiences, such as technology education teachers. Their ability to integrate energy efficiency and renewable energy into their home construction classes connected teachers with experts in the energy efficient home building industry which was a unique education opportunity for KEEP to increase energy education efforts.

Jasmine Johnston, (R) John Edwards Middle School, 2009-2010 Energy Bookmark Contest winner; With Sara Van de Grift, Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation (WECC)


Development and Evolution 2006 - 2008 | Targeted Audiences: Global and Specialized Educators In addition to developing a relationship with technology education teachers, KEEP also targeted family and consumer science teachers because of their focus on home and business management, including utility bills and operating a home and business efficiently. KEEP began empowering teachers who completed the School Building Energy Efficiency Education course by offering mini-grant funds which helped initiate energy-saving projects in schools. Due to international relationships already established, KEEP was able to share energy education strategies and materials with colleagues in Taiwan and Japan. In Taiwan, the KEEP Energy Education Activity Guide was translated into Mandarin and localized for Taiwanese educators. The global messaging of environmental and energy education is one of importance and is seen as vital to combat environmental issues.

2009 - 2012 | Community Connections: School to Home Energy Education Empowering students to be ambassadors for responsible energy behaviors, applying what they learn at school with their families at home, became a priority of KEEP programming. KEEP implemented the School to Home program of the Wisconsin Public Service iCanConserve™ Community pilot, developed take-home activities such as home energy pledges and appliance surveys, and initiated a large grants program partially targeting home energy-use monitoring through Family and Consumer Science classrooms. Successes of these educational strategies to influence positive home energy-use behavior and document energy savings resulted in the hiring of a full-time School to Home Energy Education Specialist in 2013.

2013 - present | Green & Healthy Schools: Engaging the Whole School Community Expanded partnerships enabled KEEP to broaden its impact by engaging the whole-school community in action to support the sustainability goals of the school district to achieve adoption of energy efficiency behaviors and increased energy savings. A collaborating partner of Green & Healthy Schools Wisconsin, along with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, KEEP programming supports schools seeking recognition for sustainability efforts and staff provide one-on-one coaching through the application process. A partnership with Cool Choices led to the opportunity for KEEP to administer a fun, social, and easy online engagement platform that documents energy savings tied to daily actions for Green & Healthy Schools. In coordination with Wisconsin utilities and Seventhwave, KEEP conducted an enrichment pilot to further help document energy savings of select KEEP activities.

Continue your good work, it has made a difference in my life and I am able to share the knowledge that I’ve gained with people that I know. –KEEP Course Participant Grace Scheible, (L) Grade 6, Lumen Christi Catholic School, 2008 Energy Education Bookmark contest winner, with Renee Callaway, Safe Routes to School Coordinator, Wisconsin Department of Transportation


The following section contains an overview of the five areas that KEEP focuses its work on: Professional Development, Curriculum and Resources, Student Involvement, Networking, and Funding Opportunities. The sections will highlight specific accomplishments from the past 10 years. For more specific details on the accomplishments during 1995-2005, visit KEEP’s website to read 10 Years of Empowering Energy Education in Wisconsin report.

Professional Development


Since 2006, KEEP has developed the following new courses: »» Biomass Energy Education online course (2007) »» Exploring Energy Education through STEM hybrid course (2012) »» Wind Energy Education hybrid course (2013)

Teachers Impacted by KEEP courses


EEP has been providing professional development for Wisconsin educators for 18 years via a network of trained ad hoc instructors located strategically throughout the state. Instructors teach 10 different energy education courses focusing on a wide range of energy topics including energy generation, renewable energy, and residential and school building energy efficiency. To accommodate many different learning styles and time constraints, KEEP has developed courses in a variety of styles including face-to-face, online and hybridized. As a result, 6,200 course participants have increased the energy literacy of an estimated 3.9 million Wisconsin students since 1997. Wisconsin utilities generously provide tuition scholarships for educators in their service territories.

For example, in the Colby School District, staff members using KEEP mini-grant program funds, purchased three VendingMisers® for $387 and expect to see a minimum savings of $1,400 over the next five years. In 2011, KEEP created an opportunity for practicing K-12 teachers to earn an Energy Education Certificate through the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, which reflects comprehensive professional development and experiences in energy content and teaching competencies. The certificate is earned after completing at least three KEEP courses and providing evidence of involvement in three additional energy education activities.

Teachers discuss recommended light levels after taking foot-candle measurements

By the end of 2015, 19 of 338 teachers who have completed at least three KEEP courses had received the certificate. ■

KEEP courses also enhance a school’s Green & Healthy Schools Wisconsin status by incorporating energy efficiency and renewable energy into their curriculum.

As a result of KEEP’s School Building Energy Efficiency Education course I have a new awareness of how much energy is used in my classroom, building and school district, so much that I have modified my classroom practices to reflect energy-saving behaviors. – KEEP Course Participant

As part of the School Building Energy Efficiency Education course, participants develop action plans that can include student activities, staff training initiatives, and energy management proposals. These plans often implement simple conservation behaviors that lead to substantial monetary savings for the school.


Professional Development Wisconsin K-12 Energy Education Program (KEEP) Delivers Statewide Impact Since 1995, KEEP has substantially increased energy literacy among Wisconsinites through strategic outreach, professional development, and comprehensive curriculum for K-12 schools. KEEP is part of the administrative team for Green & Healthy Schools Wisconsin, which aims to make sustainability the norm in our K-12 schools.

Multiplier Effect KEEP’s work with teachers and administrators reaches millions of students who carry that knowledge home to Wisconsin households. In the infographic below, KEEP’s multiplier effect illustrates the impact of the services provided.


3.9 Million

Teachers impacted by KEEP courses

Students impacted by KEEP teachers



Teachers have completed 3 or more KEEP courses

Students benefited from KEEP funding opportunities

KEEP 3,180


Teachers have access to additional KEEP resources



Students attending Green & Healthy Schools

Benefits to Wisconsin • Increases energy literacy of students and the general public. • Engages students in hands-on learning in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) topics. • Advances a culture of acceptance for energy efficiency. • Facilitates energy savings of schools and homes. • Exposes students to energy-related careers. 13

Curriculum and Resources


Teachers using additional KEEP resources


EEP’s various activity guides have been developed for Wisconsin educators based on its Conceptual Guide to K-12 Energy Education in Wisconsin. These activity guides help educators enrich their curriculum using activities specific to Wisconsin and aligned to Wisconsin’s Model Academic Standards, the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.

KEEP developed additional topicspecific conceptual frameworks to help instructors design specialized curriculum: • Renewable Energy in Building Science Conceptual Framework (2010): Developed for high school Building Trades and Construction Teachers in Wisconsin to incorporate key building science and renewable energy concepts. • Climate Change Conceptual Framework (2011): Developed to provide educators with a resource to improve understanding of climate change and is based on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Literacy Principles. • Sustainable Transportation Conceptual Framework (2011): The first of its kind, developed to provide educators with a resource to improve understanding of sustainable transportation.

Two supplemental energy education activity guides were produced based on participant interest and need: • BioFutures: Biomass Energy Education (2007): Activities cover biomass energy resource development and use and support awareness of biomass energy resources. • Energy and Your School: School Building Energy Efficiency Education (2009): Activities focus on using the school building as a teaching tool to encourage energy efficient behaviors. ■

In 2015, KEEP’s three most widely used activity guides containing more than 75 activities were aligned to the Common Core English Language Arts and Mathematics Standards, as well as the Next Generation Science Standards.

Teaching about energy in the classroom also increases student literacy and is value added for the Green & Healthy Schools Wisconsin program.

Hands-on Resources for Educators Pedal Power, Hand-crank Generators, Energy Trunks, and Watts Up? Meters are available to help teach energy concepts and demonstrate energy consumption. Check them out through the WCEE Resource Library.


Curriculum and Resources Wisconsin Schools With Renewable Energy Systems KEEP conducted a survey of every school district in Wisconsin to learn which schools have renewable energy systems installed on their buildings, the types of systems (including biomass, geothermal, solar photovoltaic (PV), solar thermal and wind).

1 Renewable System 2 Renewable Systems 3 Renewable Systems

I believe this Energy curriculum will have a substantial impact on the approximate 800 8th grade students we reach each school year. – KEEP Course Participant

This resource increases energy professionals’ understanding of the extent to which renewable energy is present in Wisconsin schools and to facilitate decisions about the future of renewable energy in schools. Sharing the results will also promote communication among schools experienced with renewable energy and those interested in pursuing their own project. Interactive map available on KEEP’s website


Student Involvement

Bangor Cardinals Electrathon vehicle

3.9 Million

Students impacted by KEEP teachers


rom school fundraisers and student contests to classroom competitions and after-school setting enrichment projects, KEEP has provided school communities with a variety of activities to help make learning about energy engaging and exciting for students and their families.

The Wisconsin Electrathon Program is now a component of the Wisconsin Energy Efficient Vehicle Association (WEEVA), which KEEP continues to support.

Afterschool Programs

Student Contests

Electrathon Program

Not only did these contests encourage friendly competition amongst participants, but they also allowed hundreds of students to express energy through various artistic mediums.

KEEP worked closely with Boys & Girls Club of Portage County on a grant-funded project to adapt energy education curriculum to the Club’s afterschool setting. From quick hands-on explorations to take-home activities for families to development of model STEM resources, Club advisors and students gained a deeper understanding of how personal behaviors affect energy consumption and costs. KEEP coordinated the statewide Electrathon Program from 2007-2011. The goal of the Wisconsin Electrathon is to bring attention to the environmental problems of conventional cars and demonstrate the viability of electric vehicles. This program provides a means of teaching young people how to evaluate alternatives and make sustainable lifestyle choices, and uses a problem-solving discipline to design and build an efficient vehicle, all in a hands-on and team-oriented approach.

Upon completion, students’ families received energy conservation kits provided by Wisconsin Public Service to support positive energy-use practices at home. ■

In an effort to engage students directly, while encouraging them to share visually and verbally their understanding of various energy concepts, KEEP has run a variety of student contests over the years (2002-2012), including: designing bookmarks, stickers, and T-shirts, and developing public service announcement videos.

iCanConserve™ School to Home Program

As part of the Wisconsin Public Service iCanConserve™ Community pilot, KEEP implemented a School to Home program from 2009-2012. The overall goal of the program aimed to educate teachers and students on energy efficiency basics and inspire behaviors among students’ families that would lead to energy conservation at home. KEEP designed and implemented teacher workshops, model teaching, and classroom visits for more than 200 teachers in three communities.


Anna Judkins, Bookmark Contest winner, St. Jerome Parish School, Grade 5

Student Involvement Bright Idea Fundraiser

To help Focus on Energy meet their goal of helping Wisconsin residents transition to using more efficient lighting, KEEP hosted the Bright Idea (school) Fundraiser. By selling compact fluorescent lightbulbs and receiving a $2 rebate for each bulb sold (a rebate incentive through Focus on Energy), participating schools could simultaneously raise funds and educate the school community on ENERGY STAR® qualified energy efficient lighting. Fifteen schools participated in the pilot year of the fundraiser (2002-2003) and reached a high of 95 participating schools in 2007-2008. The Bright Idea Fundraiser ran until the end of the 2010-2011 school year, ultimately raising a total of $366,749 for participating schools, saving over 170,950,680 in C02 emissions and saving families $7,309,888 in lighting costs. ■

This fundraiser by far, has been the most successful - bake sales and candy bars sales are so much more work and don’t even come close to earning what the BIF (Bright Idea Fundraiser) did for us. Plus, people were very enthusiastic about saving money and energy! – Bright Idea Fundraiser Participating Teacher

Cool Choices In 2013, a partnership with Cool Choices led to the opportunity to administer the online game in Wisconsin schools working toward Green & Healthy Schools Wisconsin recognition. Since then, 46 schools have introduced the Cool Choices game to more than 1,300 individuals including students, teachers, administrators, and other school staff. Their participation has resulted in more than 36,400 actions that contributed to significant energy savings.


Networking and Outreach The Milwaukee Area Energy Educators Network


Teachers have completed 3 or more KEEP courses


roviding networking and recognition opportunities for educators is important in order to grow the visibility and need for energy education in Wisconsin, and beyond. At the end of 2015, there are 354 Green & Healthy Schools, districts, and early childhood centers recognized as Green & Healthy Schools in Wisconsin. This network builds the capacity of KEEP to connect teachers, administrators, and facilities staff with energy resources and to each other to strengthen their Green & Healthy Schools initiatives.

Energy Educator of the Year

Since 2009, KEEP has been able to recognize and celebrate 18 educators with the Energy Educator of the Year Award. This award celebrates individuals who take the extra step to improve energy literacy among students, teachers, and the community as a whole and brings attention to the importance of energy education.

KEEPtacular Teachers

Teachers who have taken three or more KEEP courses have shown a commitment to increasing energy literacy and have earned the title of KEEPtacular. This teacher network includes 338 teachers who have received at least 16,224 combined credit hours of training in energy education.

Since 2014, KEEP has been growing the Milwaukee Area Energy Educators network to connect educators to the various organizations, opportunities, events and resources that make the greater Milwaukee area an excellent location for increasing energy literacy. Targeted professional development opportunities, including KEEP courses, workshops and tours, a Facebook group, and networking events continues to connect educators from the formal, non-formal and community arenas.

I need to discuss what other teachers at my grade level and building wide are doing to teach energy so we have a cohesive plan across levels so we can be effective and efficient. – KEEP Course Participant

Midwest Renewable Energy Association Partnership

KEEP has partnered with the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) to offer experiences for educators in the Educator Tent at the annual Energy Fair since 2003. The Energy Fair is the longest running renewable energy event of its kind and attracts more than 15,000 people each year. This partnership has allowed KEEP to offer graduate credit to and provide a “home-base” for educators who attend the Fair. Since 2003, this partnership has allowed KEEP to offer more than 400 teachers graduate credit by attending the Energy Fair and almost 18,000 individuals have visited the Educator Tent to gather resources, network with teachers, or learn about the importance of energy education. ■

Ethan Budimilija, (R) Rib Lake High School, 2009 Student Builder of the Year, with teacher William Hackbarth


Funding Opportunities


Grant funds provided to educators


EEP partners with stakeholders to help teachers identify and secure funds they need to increase and improve energy education in their classrooms. KEEP has awarded more than $143,300 in grant money to educators throughout Wisconsin to implement energy education, conservation and efficiency initiatives within the classroom, school building, and community.

School Building Energy Efficiency Mini-Grant Program A grant program designed specifically for graduates of KEEP’s School Building Energy Efficiency Education course, mini-grants support successful implementation of course-required energy action plans.

Examples of resource requests include: watt meters and infrared thermometers to conduct classroom energy audits; smart power strips, vending misers and occupancy sensors to curb school energy consumption; and light switch decals to encourage staff and students to turn lights off when leaving the classroom. Since 2007, KEEP has awarded close to $19,000 in mini-grants to fund nearly 100 energy education initiatives in public and private schools across the state.

Family and Consumer Science Appliance Upgrade Grant Program

The goal of the KEEP ENERGY STAR® Appliance Upgrade Program is to assist Wisconsin Family and Consumer Science teachers in reducing their classroom energy consumption while cultivating sound consumer decision-making to their students. By increasing awareness of the benefits of energy-efficient products, students will be able to apply what they’ve learned through this program at school and at home. Over three grant cycles since 2003, more than $16,000 was awarded to 20 schools in the form of ENERGY STAR® refrigerators, freezers, dish washers and washing machines. Awardees also received curricular support and watt meters to measure and compare electric consumption of the appliances.

and skills pertaining to energy-efficient construction, appliances, home management, and responsible energy use, the Life Skills and Career Training Grant Program aimed to increase availability of products, awareness of careers, and demonstration of life skills, as they relate to energy efficiency. From 2008-2011, KEEP and the Wisconsin Environmental Education Board (WEEB) awarded $30,582 to 42 schools for energy-related resources and services, as well as support for teacher professional development experiences in energy education.

Life Skills and Career Training Technology Education Grant Program To assist Wisconsin Technology Education and Engineering and Family and Consumer Science teachers in their efforts to promote knowledge

Allison Pedretti, Grade 6, DeSoto Middle School, Energy Education Bookmark Contest winner

Wisconsin Environmental Education Board Grants Program Initiated in 1990, the Wisconsin Environmental Education Board’s (WEEB) Environmental Education Grant Program supports state environmental education goals and provides funding opportunities for forestry education, school forest projects, and general environmental education. KEEP projects have been the recipient of more than $75,300 supporting home-schooling populations; developing a supplemental school building energy efficiency guide; conducting a transportation futures bookmark contest for students; providing ad hoc instructors with energy efficiency resource materials; developing a professional development course and resources for social studies teachers; and more. Between 1997 and 2004, energy education initiatives were funded through WEEB via contracts from the Wisconsin Department of Administration, Seventhwave, and Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation (Focus on Energy). A total of $630,159 was awarded to 51 projects statewide submitted by schools, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations.


Funding Opportunities School Energy Policy and Education Plan Grant Program The School Energy Policy and Education Plan Grant Program assisted school communities to develop or revise an energy plan that addresses not only energy management policies, but also incorporates energy education into the curriculum school-wide. Initially coordinated in 2009 with assistance from Focus on Energy, a template developed in collaboration with energy professionals and educators from across the state remains available for use online.

From 2009-2012, KEEP and the Wisconsin Environmental Education Board (WEEB) awarded $26,015 to six school districts to develop or revise School Energy Policy and Education Plans.

Energy Education Program


Designed to increase and improve energy-related education initiatives within schools and the community, KEEP, with assistance from the Wisconsin Environmental Education Board (WEEB), initiated a large grants program with funds from Focus on Energy benefitting not only K-12 schools, but also colleges, government agencies and nonprofit organizations. From 2008-2010, KEEP and WEEB awarded $51,433 to 17 projects that integrated energy efficiency and education into building science and family and consumer science, or focused on reducing school-wide energy consumption via energy action plans or building improvements. ■

Adding this energy lesson to my existing sustainability unit in Foods class was really useful. In the past, I taught mainly about buying local and reducing carbon FOODprint, but I really enjoyed teaching about energy consumption and the benefits of Energy Star appliances in the kitchen. Through this lesson, we learned that our new refrigerator will save our school about $370 over the lifetime of the refrigerator! This information is very relevant to everyday living and the students really seemed to understand and enjoy learning about it.. – Appliance Upgrade Grant Recipient

KEEP Grant Programs 2003-2015

Energy Education Grants Program $51,433 School Energy Policy and Education Plan Grant Program $26,015


Life Skills & Career Training Grant Program $30,582

Family & Consumer Science Appliance Upgrade Grant Program $16,330 School Building Energy Efficiency Mini-Grant Program $18,950

KEEP has awarded more than $143,300 in grant funds to educators throughout Wisconsin to implement energy education, conservation and efficiency initiatives within the classroom, school building and community. 20

What’s Next for KEEP?


ver the next 20 years KEEP will continue to focus on the needs of the education and energy industries. KEEP will continue to provide experiences to educators and their students to increase energy literacy in and out of the classroom. Expanding on previous efforts will take place by working with other states to increase energy literacy beyond the borders of Wisconsin.

Will Bethard (L) and Lucas Firkus (R), 20072008 Bright Idea Fundraiser top sellers; both of Rockwell Elementary School

And likewise, KEEP will continue to broaden its focus beyond formal K-12 education to include non-formal education efforts, and include energy education opportunities at community and nature centers, other institutions of higher learning and for municipalities. Giving students the tools needed to develop STEM skills is a priority which relates to future careers. There is a need to increase the workforce in the energy industry; therefore, KEEP will communicate the multitude of energyrelated careers to the K-12 audience and will provide opportunities for teachers, students, and their families to experience careers that are in high demand. These opportunities may take the form of internships or externships, job-shadowing, and industry tours to prepare students to be college and career ready. Efforts will also focus on connecting energy education curricula to climate change education. KEEP has a responsibility to provide educators with resources to improve understanding of climate change, guide lesson development related to this topic, and to provide assistance with linking this challenging topic to various subject areas and content standards. As more schools become recognized as Green & Healthy Schools, there will be an additional need for schools to learn about their energy systems and how to engage the whole-school community in energy efficiency and conservation behaviors. KEEP will be able to meet this need by continuing

to offer the Cool Choices game as a way to engage the whole school in sustainability efforts. Additionally, expanding collaborations with energy management service providers will maximize energy practices and savings within communities. Using the school building as the teaching tool will engage teachers and students with administrators and facility personnel in building operations. By pairing energy education and efficiency, KEEP serves as a hub to further integrate energy concepts into the K-12 curriculum and connect schools and households with high quality energy efficiency resources and technical assistance. However, to truly have a statewide presence and be able to impact schools, educators, students, and families across the 72 counties, KEEP’s growing network of educators, supporters, ad hoc instructors, and mentors will develop strategies to more effectively connect the 424 public school districts and almost 60,000 teachers, in addition to private and charter schools, non-formal education sites, and the broader community to energy education opportunities and resources. ■


I anticipate involving students from all of my Physical Science classes to conduct energy audits of our school building, as well as research and implement solutions to energy-related problems. – KEEP Course Participant

Austin Delaney, Grade 6, Templeton Middle School, Bookmark Contest entrant

KEEP History


EEP was built upon the foundation and long legacy of environmental education in Wisconsin dating back to 1935 with the Conservation Education Statute establishing the requirement of teacher certification programs to provide “adequate instruction in conservation of natural resources,” to certify science or social studies teachers and for the conservation of natural resources to be taught in all public elementary and high schools. For 80 years, environmental education in Wisconsin has been a priority and the state has risen as a leader nationwide for successful environmental education programming.

The dream of KEEP began in 1993 when the Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education proposed that a comprehensive guide to K-12 energy education in Wisconsin be developed. In 1995, Seventhwave (formerly Energy Center of Wisconsin) agreed to fund the project. The Wisconsin Environmental Education Board (WEEB) and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point also provided support. As a result, KEEP was established and designed a curriculum and teacher professional development model to advance energy literacy through students and teachers to ultimately promote positive energy use behaviors for all the people of Wisconsin. In 2000, Seventhwave worked with KEEP staff to ensure long-term financial support through Wisconsin’s Public Benefits Program, Focus on Energy. The partnership with Focus on Energy ended in May 2012. Recognizing KEEP’s value, Wisconsin’s six major utilities have continued their funding for KEEP on an annual basis. Stakeholders and supporters of energy literacy are working with KEEP to explore additional funding options to ensure the continuation of KEEP and its programs and services to teachers and their students. KEEP has demonstrated resiliency through its ability to respond and adapt to current educational trends and energy-related issues. KEEP is committed to providing teachers and students the knowledge and skills necessary to address current and future energy challenges in this fast-paced and ever-changing world.

Marcus Bryan, 2009-2010 Bright Idea Fundraiser award recipient, Lincoln Elementary School, Madison, Wis.

An advisory group, which includes representatives from utilities, energy industry, educational administration, teachers, nature centers, and nonprofit organizations, meets annually to provide guidance and direction on


KEEP programming. Through their guidance and advice, KEEP has developed relevant curriculum materials and designed robust professional development courses that have trained thousands of teachers and potentially impacted more than 3.9 million students in an effort to build a more energy literate society. KEEP continues to evolve and remain current to educational and energy use trends by: aligning curriculum materials to current national and state standards; offering hands-on, minds-on learning opportunities for students and teachers that build the necessary skills to address current energy use issues; and developing strategies for taking lessons learned in the classroom to apply to the greater community. The legislative structure in Wisconsin for environmental education and strong stakeholder relationships with energy professionals provide a solid foundation to advance energy literacy and help reduce energy use overall. For the last 20 years, Wisconsin, through the establishment of KEEP, has proven to be a national and international leader in addressing energy literacy issues in the K-12 setting. KEEP will continue to assess, evaluate, and analyze program initiatives to remain a leader in K-12 energy education. ■

KEEP has helped me become a better teacher. – KEEP Course Participant

Project and Program Evaluation Quantifying



In coordination with Wisconsin utilities and Seventhwave, KEEP conducted an enrichment pilot to further help document energy savings of select KEEP programming. These strategies included an electronic platform to track teacher and student conservation actions during a KEEP activity, participation in Cool Choices, and free school building energy audits. The enhancements demonstrated KEEP activities can capture short-term energy savings and act as an entry point to connecting schools and families with energy efficiency resources and technical assistance. The Cool Choices partnership continues with Green & Healthy Schools Wisconsin allowing hundreds of schools statewide to participate.

iCanConserve™ School to Home Evaluation

KEEP successfully implemented the School to Home program of the Wisconsin Public Service iCanConserve™ Community pilot, as evaluated by third-party organization DNV KEMA. KEEP’s relationship building with school district administrators in particular was crucial to program adoption. Teachers were highly satisfied with the energy content taught by KEEP staff. Installation of energy-saving devices from home conservation kits saved students’ families an estimated 45,502 kilowatt hours. Ultimately, the School to Home program led to increased participation in additional utility offers, such as home energy audits and holiday LED light exchange.

found that 96 percent of respondents reported they completely turn off their classroom lights always or most of the time. Interestingly 74 percent of respondents reported always or almost always turning off their computer monitors while not in use at home, but only 31 percent reported the same behavior at school. Of respondents who indicated some experience with KEEP, 13 percent reported having a Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® evaluation, while only 8 percent of teachers who had not had experience with KEEP reported having their homes audited.

KEEP Alumni Survey

In a survey conducted by Seventhwave in 2014, teachers who had taken KEEP courses in the five years prior (i.e., KEEP alumni) gave high marks to KEEP for helping them improve their ability to integrate energy into their curriculum across subjects through a variety of innovative teaching methods. Respondents indicated KEEP courses helped them increase student knowledge about various energy concepts and encourage students to use energy more efficiently. The results of the survey show that KEEP alumni actively teach energy and find KEEP’s resources and courses to be helpful in doing so.

Quantifying Energy Savings in Action Marshall Public Schools teachers and students in Dane County, Wisconsin, were partially responsible for a 26 percent reduction in energy use in 2013-2014 alongside energy management services provided by CESA 10. After completing a School Building Energy Efficiency Education KEEP course in 2014, nine Marshall teachers implemented energy action plans in their school buildings ranging from a performance by Madison Gas and Electric’s MaGicEnergy storyteller for elementary-aged students to engaging high school Family and Consumer Science students to measure energy usage of appliances and preparation methods in the kitchen lab.

The Cool Choices game has definitely raised staff awareness on how they can contribute to sustainability and the conservation of resources at work, but the game has also led to people talking to others and sharing ideas on how our district’s policy and choices contribute to becoming a Green & Healthy School. The competition is awesome-we all look forward to playing our cards each day.

Teacher Energy Use Survey

In 2011, the Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education surveyed 5,110 Wisconsin teachers regarding energy use practices in school and at home. More than 500 teachers responded (10 percent response rate); of which 302 teachers indicated they had some experience with KEEP. Results

–Cool Choices GHS Game Participant


Project and Program Evaluation Self-reported Efficiency Behaviors

Starting in 2014, KEEP added a self-reported increased efficiency behaviors component course requirement to all face-to-face KEEP courses. Teachers are now asked to report personal changes they plan to make to save energy as a result of taking the course including when they will make these changes and how. Analysis of 2014-2015 data revealed that many KEEP course participants plan to engage in curtailment actions at home such as turning off lights, and unplugging or shutting off appliances and electronics. Although, not as frequent as plans for home energy conservation (81 percent), energy savings in schools were planned by more than half (58 percent) of the participants as well.


Having been through the class, I see how much more I can do to save energy. My home computer is now turned off at night. I have purchased the low-wattage light bulb packs from Costco. I have signed up for an energy audit from We Energies. More importantly, thanks to the class I have some data to show my husband to sway his energy habits...My children are quick to pick up my new habits, which hopefully will start to show up on our bill, but also makes me happy to think of the magnification of responsible energy consumption.� -KEEP Course Participant

Bookmark Contest winners (L to R): Mackensie Nourse, 5th Grade, Thomas Jefferson Middle School, Port Washington, Wis.; Grace Schelble, 6th Grade, Lumen Christi Catholic School, Mequon, Wis.; Scott Frazier, 7th Grade, Lumen Christi Catholic School, Mequon, Wis.

Bookmark Contest winner, Shelby Weiland, 5th Grade, Harrison School, Janesville, Wis.


Project and Program Evaluation Pre/Post Course Surveys

To assess the impact of KEEP’s energy education courses, each course participant receives a pre-course survey two weeks prior to a course starting. A post-course survey is then sent six months after the course. The assessment began in 2013 and includes data from three KEEP courses: Energy Education in the Classroom; Renewable Energy Education in the Classroom; and School Building Energy Efficiency Education.

Changes in Views on Energy Conservation Participants in the Energy Education in the Classroom and School Building Energy Efficiency Education courses were asked if they believe energy education should be a priority in K-12 education and about their ability to teach about energy. 5 4

Pre-course survey Post-course survey

3 2 1 0

K-12 Priority

Adequate Experience Community Priority

I Can Contribute

1 = Strongly Disagree, 2 = Disagree, 3 = Neutral, 4 = Agree, 5 = Strongly Agree

Two years of pre- and post-course survey responses revealed significant positive changes in views on energy conservation and education. Additionally, more respondents taught about energy after taking a KEEP course than before, and most have either used or plan to use a KEEP activity guide. When asked how often they engaged in energy conservation behaviors and thought processes, results show a statistically significant increase in these behaviors after participating in a KEEP course. ■

I absolutely enjoyed taking this course. It was an invaluable resource for my school, as well as my home. I have discussed this course so much that colleagues are considering taking future courses. I definitely plan to expand my knowledge base by taking additional courses. I love how I am still receiving information even though the course is over. It keeps me cognizant that resources are available and the KEEP staff is genuinely concerned about energy conservation. – KEEP Course Participant

Changes in Energy-Related Teaching Practices Course participants reported teaching about energy more after taking a KEEP course. 100 80 60




20 0

Taught Before

Taught Since

Used Materials

Plan to Use

Changes in Personal Energy Conservation Behaviors Participants in the Energy Education in the Classroom course were asked to indicate how frequently they engage in energy conservation behaviors and thought processes. 5 4 3

Pre-course survey


Post-course survey

1 0

Walk or Bike

Turn Off Turn Off Everyday Turn Down Buy Buy Encourage Willing to Lights Computer Decisions Heat LEDs/CFLs ENERGY Others to Buy Less STAR Buy LEDs/CFLs 1 = Never, 2 = Not very often, 3 = Sometimes, 4 = Quite Frequently, 5 = Always


Awards and Publications

Notable Awards and Publications • • • • • • • •

2015 – Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful Innovation, Diversity, Education, Accountability, Leadership Award 2014 – Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) Inspiring Efficiency Education Award 2012 – Wisconsin Technology Education Association (WTEA) bestows KEEP with the Special Recognition Award 2006 – Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education (WAEE) awards Jennie Lane, Ph.D., Director of KEEP, with the Aldo Leopold Award for excellence in environmental education 2006 – KEEP receives Platinum Partner recognition award from GreenLite 2006 – Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers (WSST) recognizes KEEP for Outstanding Contributions to Science Education 2005 – KEEP receives Interstate Renewable Energy Council’s (IREC) Renewable Energy Recognition Award for Doable Renewables: An Energy Education Revolution 1998 – Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) recognizes KEEP for Outstanding Leadership in Renewable Energy Education

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles:

Baker, A., Liddicoat, K., & Schuller, S. (2016) “Energy Education for a Sustainable Future.” Storify. February 2016. Lane, J.F., Baker, A., Franzen, B., Kerlin, S., and Schuller, S. (2015) “Designing Resilient Energy Education Programs for a Sustainable Future.” The Journal of Sustainability Education. Vol. 8. Lane, J.F., Floress, K., and Rickert, M. (2014) “Development of school energy policy and energy education plans: A comparative case study in three Wisconsin school communities.” Energy Policy, Vol. 65 p. 323-331. Lane, J.F., Mollica, J., and Windjue, S. (2013) “Ensuring Teacher Education Program Success Through Formative Assessments: An Overview of the Wisconsin K-12 Energy Education Program.” Middle Grades Research Journal. Vol. 8 #2.

Six theses – available on KEEP’s website: • • • • • •

School Energy Policy and Education Plans: A Case Study of Plan Development in Three Wisconsin School Communities Energy Education Professional Development: Assessment of Teacher Satisfaction The Development and Evaluation of a Biomass Activity Guide for the Wisconsin K-12 Energy Education Program Developing, Evaluating, and Disseminating an Energy Education Resource Trunk The Development, Evaluation, and Application of a Conceptual Framework for K-12 Renewable Energy Education Developing and Disseminating Promising Energy Education Practices in Wisconsin: Creating a Network of Energy Educators

Five articles published in non-peer-reviewed journals–available on KEEP’s website:

• Wisconsin Schools Improve Energy Efficiency Gains through Education, Taking Care of Business, Wisconsin Association of School Business Officials. June 2015 • Teach Them Well, Let Them Lead the Way, The Scene. 2011 • Teacher Training: A Road to the Future, Solar Today. 2010 • Go Green to Save Green, Wisconsin School News. 2009 • A Bright Idea, Wisconsin School News. 2008


Letters of Support

KEEP is an amazing resource for Wisconsin. For the past 20 years, KEEP has worked in the common ground of utilities, consumers, schools, businesses and environmental groups to support our students’ energy literacy. This is no small thing. Energy is the most important resource for society and other natural systems. Without abundant, accessible energy our society doesn’t exist. KEEP continues to help future decision-makers (all of us) understand energy and the energy choices we have as a society. And, KEEP does this in a way that supports schools and teachers in accomplishing their student learning needs. We all benefit from KEEP’s work and from the support that the major utilities, the College of Natural Resources at UW-Stevens Point, and other partners provide to KEEP. - Jeremy Solin, Ph.D., UW-Extension and former Director (interim), Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education When I think of KEEP, I think of people working passionately for a shared vision. This vision is one where teachers in Wisconsin are empowered to educate their students about energy conservation, efficiency, and innovations. It is a wonderful formula that makes KEEP a success. Teachers express their needs and interests, stakeholders share their goals, and KEEP staff builds bridges to bring everything together. KEEP has been fortunate to have the backing and support of the energy community to provide them with the resources to make these connections. Over the past 20 years KEEP staff and their supporters have worked collaboratively to generate students with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to make energy resources more sustainable. These students are requesting universities and colleges to offer more degrees and trainings in energy fields and professions. Some are becoming teachers and they appreciate the importance of energy education. Over the next 20 years, KEEP will help build bridges for this new generation of teachers and will continue to achieve the vision of energy literacy in Wisconsin. – Jennie Lane, Ph.D., former KEEP Director Energy education is important to the energy industry because our customers are a key part of managing energy resources. Without their knowledge to use electricity and natural gas well, our job would be much harder. Most people don’t have a good understanding of where their electricity comes from, or natural gas, KEEP provides the basics to get that done, as well as give them tools to manage energy well when they own a home or run a business, and they’ve done it through leveraging classroom teachers, giving them the tools to educate students well. You have to get to the kids when they’re interested and want to do something about it. KEEP does a very good job of that. Having been a teacher myself, I know that having materials that you can just take off the shelf and use is pretty critical. And getting the training to use it well, which is what KEEP does, helps a ton. – Jim Schieble, Energy Services Representative, WPPI Energy


I took my first KEEP course during my first year teaching in an environment-focused project-based school. The critical background I gained about energy during the course coupled with the real-world context that the KEEP curriculum provided for learning allowed us to weave energy education into many different projects throughout my teaching career. Now supporting environmental education at the state level, I recognize that the KEEP curriculum helps meet the need for relevant, local environmental-STEM learning resources. In conversations with education professionals from other states it has been noted multiple times what a treasure state-focused resources, like the KEEP curriculum, are for the teachers and students of Wisconsin. – Victoria Rydberg, Environmental Education Consultant, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Alex Trepanier (L) Oconto High School, 2008 Student Builder of the Year, with Sara Van de Grift, Residential Programs Director, Focus on Energy

We had the opportunity to take classes through KEEP and I took every one that I could, and I became energy certified. That is what KEEP is trying to do is to help us find ownership in our own classrooms in our own students and be able to make that difference and pass that word along to as many kids as we can. – Renee Heinrich, Thomas Jefferson Elementary, Wausau

KEEP looks forward to empowering energy education in Wisconsin for the next 20 years and beyond ...

Wisconsin K-12 Energy Education Program (KEEP)

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Wisconsin K-12 Energy Education Program (KEEP) 20 Years of Empowering Energy Education in Wisconsin  

This report provides a synopsis of KEEP's many accomplishments from the past 10 years. A previous report recounts accomplishments from the p...

Wisconsin K-12 Energy Education Program (KEEP) 20 Years of Empowering Energy Education in Wisconsin  

This report provides a synopsis of KEEP's many accomplishments from the past 10 years. A previous report recounts accomplishments from the p...