In 2011-2012, REAP and colleagues at the Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP) at UAF designed an Alaska-specific energy efficiency curriculum called AK EnergySmart with funding from the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC).
AK EnergySmart (www.AKEnergySmart.org) is a free curriculum resource that is owned by the AHFC to give Alaskan youth an understanding of the high economic and environmental costs of power generation and the importance of conserving energy at home and school. Through interdisciplinary units of study that investigate how energy is all around them, why we need energy, and how energy can be conserved, this K-12 curriculum gives students valuable insights that they can pass along to their families. All lessons are aligned to Alaska Grade Level Expectations (GLEs) and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
AK EnergySmart lessons, supplementary worksheets, and multi-media are available to download online!
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Power Pledge Challenge
In 2012, Chugach Electric Association partnered with REAP to start the first annual Power Pledge Challenge (PPC) for middle school students leading up to Energy Awareness Month in October. Since then, the utility partners have grown and in 2016 also included Municipal Light and Power (ML&P), Matanuska Electric Association (MEA) and Alaska Electric Light and Power of Juneau (AEL&P). Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) and Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC) also assist with the challenge. In 2017, Enstar and Homer Electric Association have joined the team to expand our partnership! Learn more here.
Watch our video on the importance of energy literacy in Alaska: