The Energy Literacy Framework webinar was held on February 6, 2013 at 4 pm EST. The presentation, webcast and resources are available below.

The webinar focused on outlining the Energy Literacy Framework, which identifies concepts every citizen should know to be energy literate.  With this document, Department of Energy (DOE) aims to empower energy educators to apply an interdisciplinary, systems-based approach to teaching the physical, natural and social sciences necessary for a comprehensive understanding of energy. The Energy Literacy Framework was developed through a series of workshops and an extensive review and comment process involving the 13 federal partner agencies which make up the U.S. Global Change Research Program and many other education partners. With the Energy Literacy Framework complete and in print, work continues involving education partners to advance energy education with audiences from K-Gray. 

How do I get a copy of the Energy Literacy Framework?


Download the Energy Literacy Framework or request hard copies by mail by emailing

Energy Literacy Alignment Tool
Use this Excel file to assess how many Fundamental Concepts your activity or curriculum addresses or use it as a tool for building a curriculum which addresses the entire range of Fundamental Concepts.


Energy Literacy Webinar Presentation


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DOE Sponsored Competitions and Programs

Check out our Competitions page with opportunities for K-12 Teachers and Students as well as University and Community Colleges including EcoCar2, the National Collegiate Wind Competition, and Solar Decathlon. Get innovative and engaged by checking out applications today!

Energy Education Resources

Buildings, Industry, Transportation, and Electricity Scenarios (BITES) tool
BITES is a scenario based learning tool for analyzing how changes in energy demand and supply by economic sector can impact carbon dioxide emissions. BITES permits the rapid screening and exploration of energy options and technologies that can lead to major reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and reductions in oil dependence. BITES is a great resource for general energy education in highschools, community colleges and universities.

Climate Literacy & Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN)
CLEAN provides a reviewed collection of educational resources to build students' understanding of the core ideas in climate and energy science focusing on K-12. These resources are searchable and have recently been aligned with the Energy Literacy Principles.

Energy Kids, Energy Explained, and State Energy Profiles
The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) offers a site for kids that explains the basics about energy and offers ways to save energy, plus games and activities and much more. In addition, the Energy Explained site for students uses plain language and clear graphics to provide a nonpartisan guide to the entire range of energy topics. State Energy Portal includes interactive mapping, instant state comparisons, interactive state rankings, and an advanced state data finder to key statistics and analysis. To learn more, watch this YouTube video.

Model Energy 101 Course
The Department of Energy (DOE) is leading the "Energy 101" initiative to create a universally accepted and accredited undergraduate level energy fundamentals course. The "Energy 101" model course will teach energy from an interdisciplinary perspective in an effort to capture the dynamic role energy plays in our lives -- including relevant scientific, technological and societal aspects. Through this effort, DOE aims to increase the pathways to energy-related degrees and energy careers offered at the nation's universities and community colleges. DOE is proud to announce the launch of a course at the University of Maryland - College Park that uses the Energy 101 fundamentals.

National Training and Education Resource (NTER)
This is an open source platform that serves learners by allowing them to acquire new skills at a time, place and pace that is convenient to them. Whether you're looking for job training or education at any level, you can take free courses formally, as part of a school or employer learning plan, or informally--just to learn! Additionally, it serves instructors by providing a full range of instructional tools and an easy-to-use system for finding, creating, and modifying content. Interested in learning more, see the NTER webcast and presentation.

NEED Project's Wedge Challenge
The NEED Project's Wedge Challenge based on the Carbon Mitigation Initiative at Princeton University's Princeton Environmental Institute can be found within their Exploring Climate Change curriculum. There is a fantastic Carbon Cycle Simulation in this curriculum guide as well.

Stabilization Wedges Game
This game is in the CLEAN Collection by the Carbon Mitigation Initiative, Princeton University that is team-based activity. The game teaches students about the scale of the greenhouse gas problem and the technologies that already exist which can dramatically reduce carbon emissions. Students select carbon-cutting strategies to construct a carbon mitigation profile, filling in the wedges of a climate stabilization triangle.

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