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National Fuel offering energy detectives program

October 31, 2012
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. - As part of its Conservation Incentive Program, National Fuel has partnered with the National Energy Education Development Project to offer a free and exciting program for teachers at the fifth through 12th grade level to help their students to become energy and climate detectives.

The NEED program includes teacher-tested, hands-on classroom kits that teach students about energy efficiency, conservation, climate change and energy sources. Participating teachers will be provided with home energy efficiency kits to send home with students to share with their families. Together, the students and their families install energy efficiency and conservation measures, including: shower flow bags; outlet gasket insulators; faucet aerators; water-saving showerheads; and other tools. Materials provide structure for students to work with their families to save energy and integrate their efforts with a classroom activity.

Students are also encouraged to participate in this year's energy detectives classroom contest. As part of this contest, schools are asked to develop classrooms projects that promote energy efficiency and increase public awareness of climate change in their schools and communities. Participating classrooms are asked to follow the format found in NEED's Energy Projects and Activities Guide which will be provided to interested schools and available for download at

The winning classroom of energy detectives will receive a limited number of sponsorships for their classroom to attend the NEED National Recognition Ceremony in June 2013 in Washington, D.C. Plus, the winning project will be entered in NEED's national contest with a chance to win nationwide honors. The classroom will also win lunch and a special visit with a Buffalo Sabre player.

It's easy for teachers to get involved in this program. The first step is to attend one of our teacher-training workshops. There is no cost to attend the workshop and substitute costs will be reimbursed to school districts.

Energy detectives and climate detectives teacher training workshop schedule:

Jamestown, Thursday, Nov. 1, Hampton Inn, Jamestown, climate detectives;

Niagara Falls, Wednesday, Nov. 7 and Thursday, Nov. 8, Niagara Falls High School, climate detectives;

Cheektowaga, Wednesday, Nov. 14, Hilton Garden Inn, Buffalo Airport, energy detectives

Buffalo, Wednesday, Nov 28 and Wednesday, Dec. 5, Buffalo Professional Development and

Technical Center, climate detectives

To be eligible, a school must be in National Fuel's Western New York service territory. For information or to register, contact the NEED Project's NYS Office 1-866-720-2123 or



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