TEXAS ENERGY EDUCATION PROJECT

The Texas Natural Gas Foundation is working with Texas Christian University to coordinate the development and dissemination of a high quality energy supplement for middle and high school science teachers about all Texas energy resources. The curriculum makes the link between the fact that our life expectancy, air quality, incomes and access to clean water have increased significantly over past centuries because of energy, and much of it is produced here in Texas. These STEM units are correlated to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), so they are classroom ready.

Next summer, TCU plans to host a weeklong workshop for 25 teachers on the three curriculum units already developed. Each of these trained Master Teachers will then receive a stipend to go back to their districts and train ten additional teachers during the school year, for a total of 275 trained teachers in the first year. A middle school science teacher typically teaches 100 students, which means TCU would reach 27,500 middle school students in the first year with Texas Energy Education Project curriculum.

We need the involvement of the Texas energy industry to make this project a success.  We need your help in contributing matching funds, in making experts available for interactive classroom interviews and serving on our Advisory Committee to provide review and suggestions as we develop new curriculum units. Check out the curriculum units and video demonstration of energy transformations below.

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The Texas Energy Education Project supplement is targeted to middle and high school students, and is correlated to Texas curriculum requirements. The materials are free to Texas teachers to use and may be downloaded by clicking the three links below. 

1. ENERGY RESOURCES - Serves as an introduction to the course and addresses the basics — What is Energy? What are the Forms of Energy?

2. ENERGY EFFICIENCY- Looks more specifically at examples of energy resources currently available and explores their costs and benefits.

3. ENERGY IN YOUR STATE- Explores in­-depth the energy resources that are abundant in Texas.

This curriculum has been developed in collaboration with Texas Christian University’s Energy Institute and College of Education, the Texas Natural Gas Foundation, the State Energy Conservation Office and the Texas Regional Collaboratives at the University of Texas. Although the units will focus on Texas energy specifically, they are designed to be used and customized by other states.

 

WHO ARE THE MAJOR RNG DEVELOPERS?

Below is a list of RNG Developers provided by the Renewable Natural Gas Coalition. Collectively, they account for most of the projects in the US:

Air Liquide

Sarang Gadre
Business Developer - Biogas Clean Energy Solutions
302-286-5480

Ameresco

Jim Bier
Senior Project Developer
480-275-8228

Aria Energy

Jay Hopper
Chief Development Officer
303-640-3552

BerQ RNG

Bas Van Berkel
Executive Chairman
416-479-4067

BioCNG

Kay Turgeson
Sales & Business Manager
630-410-7202

Cambrian Energy

Evan Williams
President
213-628-8312

Clean Energy Renewables

Harrison Clay
President
949-437-1250

DTE Biomass Energy

Kevin Dobson
VP, Business Development
734-913-5984

Energy Power Partners

Tony Wetzel
Director
310-773-0960

Evensol

David Wentworth
Partner
541-549-8766 x239

Fortistar

Mark Comora
President
914-421-4900

Greenlane Biogas

Antonio Saavedra
Business Development Director
604-805-8532

IOGEN Corporation

Gordon T. McLennan
Vice President, Business Development
613-733-9830 x. 3378

Montauk Energy

Chris Davis
VP, Business Development
412-747-8719

Morrow Renewables

Luke Morrow
President
432 563-0447

NGV Fleet Partners    

Stewart Kennedy
President
405-826-1345

Renewable Dairy Fuels

Grant Zimmerman
CEO
713-443-4120

Roeslein Alternative Energy

Brian Gale
Business Development Manager
314-270-8872

SCS Engineers

Pat Sullivan
Senior Vice President
916-361-1297

The Hunter Group

David Mauney
President
337-365-6002

Toro Energy

Paul Kaden
President
214-616-9628

Sources for further information:
Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas
Gladstein Neandross Whitepaper