Public Education & Events
An important role of the EERMC is to promote public awareness of energy efficiency programs and their benefits. The Council hosts and sponsors a variety of public events that help Rhode Islanders understand the value of energy efficiency as the state works to achieve its energy and climate goals. Click on a photo to learn more about an event…
K-12 TEACHER TRAINING
The National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project provides energy curriculum and training to K-12 teachers and students throughout the United States with over 30 years of programming in Rhode Island with OER and National Grid. In 2020, the EERMC supported the expansion and enhancement the NEED energy efficiency and conservation curriculum and training with content on energy justice and climate science. Building on NEED’s portfolio of energy curriculum resources and training processes, this new curriculum module brings together energy efficiency and conservation (both school and residential), building science, climate science, energy justice, and health for Rhode Island teachers, students and families. The project seeks to include additional components for healthy outdoor spaces, urban landscapes and heat islands as related to energy, efficiency, climate and health. These components will strengthen the use of the curriculum in Rhode Island schools, especially Environmental Science, and nonformal education programs. The first workshop to train teachers on the new module was held in March 2021, and the second will be held in the fall of 2021.
The curriculum “Energy, Climate, and You (Rhode Island Edition)” and more information can be found at National Energy Education Development.
Due to the volatile nature and seasonality of many farm businesses, keeping costs low is vital to their success. However, participation in the half-dozen available farm energy programs has remained low. Conversations with stakeholders, energy program administrators, and National Grid suggest low participation is due, in part, to a lack of knowledge of available programs.
In 2019, the EERMC and National Grid co-funded an Energy Fellow (University of Rhode Island student) from March through December to assist with outreach to the farm community regarding energy management. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, efforts took a digital approach this year, with outreach conducted virtually through webinars, social media, and email lists. The Energy Fellow also printed the Farm Energy Guide developed in 2019, which helps farmers navigate the many energy programs and incentives available to them and will be a valuable resource for years to come. Presentations were also given at several workshops and further outreach was conducted through a growing social media presence: Facebook and Instagram.
More information can be found at Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources.
LEARN ABOUT ENERGY EFFICIENCY
Explore these resources to learn more about energy efficiency in Rhode Island.