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The California State University and Southern California Gas Partner to Strengthen Energy Education and Efficiency Through Service and Learning

The CSU/So Cal Gas partnership is supporting ten demonstration projects to expand CSU’s efforts to actively engage students in service and learning related to energy, while also building a base of knowledge from which to grow the partnership:

Course Implementation:

Natural Resources: CSU Dominguez Hills
Students in the course Natural Resources are conducting energy audits of campus buildings and providing recommendations to be implemented. Their results will also be shared with the larger community.

Best Practices in Sustainability: CSU Northridge
Students in this course are learning about sustainability by conducting energy assessments of campus units in the areas of energy, waste, water and resource use and practices. Students will prepare reports detailing the assessment findings and outline recommendations to improve energy and water efficiency.

SUSTAIN: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
One hundred freshman students will partner with sophomore mentors, faculty coaches and community agencies to carry out team-based projects focused on sustainability, energy conservation and energy efficiency. Students will gain an in-depth understanding of energy conservation and efficiency through these experiences.

Curriculum Development:

Construction Management: Fresno State
A working group (learning community) of Fresno State faculty, students, staff and community partners will work closely together to enhance course content by developing and fine-tuning service-learning projects and curriculum related to energy conservation and efficiency within the construction management program.

Future Teachers and Sustainable Energy Education: Cal State LA
Two faculty members from Cal State LA will be developing a course for students in the teacher education program, Using Educational Technology for Sustainable Energy Education. The course, based on educational standards identified by both the federal Environmental Protection Agency and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, will provide model curriculum that engages K-12 students, CSU students and future teachers, and community organizations in service-learning activities around energy education and efficiency.

Energy Efficiency in Transportation: Cal State LA
Faculty, students and community partners involved in Cal State LA’s EcoCAR2 challenge will educate members of the general public about alternative fuels and energy efficient electric and hybrid cars, while also working with a K-12 school to pilot an outreach initiative in which the K-12 students learn about energy efficiency and transportation and are then trained to teach their families and friends what they have learned.

Creating a Community of Energy Educators: Cal State LA
Educators from schools, museums, and community organizations will come together with nonprofit organizations that focus on environmental and energy education to develop tools, resources, strategies and partnerships to infuse service-learning experiences in environmental and energy education.

Biology: Cal Poly Pomona
Two faculty members from Cal Poly Pomona will develop service-learning curriculum for a biology course, Interpretation of Science, which will enable Cal Poly students to work with K-12 students who visit the Rain Bird BioTrek program and create awareness about energy conservation. Cal Poly students will create high-impact, interactive, and information rich learning experiences for K-12 students and develop portable exhibits that share compelling stories detailing how every individual can help the environment while saving money through energy management and usage patterns.

Engineering: Cal Poly Pomona
A working group of Cal Poly Pomona faculty and community college faculty members will work closely together to create a series of energy efficiency service-learning activities that can be incorporated into “Introduction to Engineering” courses offered at all institutions.

Regenerative Studies: Cal Poly Pomona
Faculty at Cal Poly Pomona will develop service-learning curriculum for a regenerative studies undergraduate course that partners Cal Poly students with students in the Pomona Unified School District to explore strategies for improving energy efficiency and reducing emissions that contribute to climate change and other environmental challenges.

For more information about CSU service learning in science, technology, engineering and math, please visit www.calstate.edu/cce/stem.