Strategic Energy Innovations
Strategic Energy Innovations (SEI) is a nonprofit that builds leaders to drive climate solutions. For over 20 years, SEI’s focus has been on building capacity to create sustainable communities through scalable programs and models. Its flagship programs (Energize Schools, Energize Colleges, School of Environmental Leadership, and Climate Corps) integrate climate education, training, and career development. From young students to emerging professionals to communities, SEI programs engage local talent to directly address their community’s sustainability goals by leading projects with measurable environmental, economic, and social benefits.
What We Offer
Our instructional projects engage students in sustainability topics while developing valuable career skills. Curriculum is aligned with Common Core, California Career Technical Education, and Next Generation Science Standards. Choose from career technical courses, sustainability certificates, project-based learning units, and sustainability guides. SEI curriculum is free for California high school teachers. Visit Energize Schools to learn more.
Green Careers Conferences
The Energize Schools Green Careers Conferences are a place for high school students to explore career pathways within the environmental sector. Professionals join students in their community to talk about how they arrived in their current position and what their job entails and offer real feedback on the environmental issues they are supporting. Students also present on classroom and community projects they are working on to protect our planet.
Conservation Campaigns and Competitions
SEI hosts an annual Earth Day Competition to help schools design and implement campaigns that change sustainability behavior on campus and an Energy Conservation Competition where schools compete to see who can save the most electricity. SEI also supports campus green teams that make a difference in their communities using Energize Schools’ conservation ideas and project management tools. Visit Energize Schools to learn more.
Climate Corps Fellow at Your School or District
Climate Corps is a professional development program that places fellows at organizations or educational institutions to implement climate change resiliency projects. Fellows placed in K-12 schools have implemented Safe Routes to School programs, developed sustainability/climate protection curriculum, led K-12 green teams to implement “green” practices, and audited water and energy use. Visit Climate Corps to learn more.
School of Environmental Leadership
The School of Environmental Leadership (SEL) is a project-based, environmentally-focused program that emphasizes leadership development and the “Four Cs”: Collaboration, Communication, Critical Thinking, and Creativity. The four-year high school program empowers students to increase ownership of their educational experience and actively apply 21st century skills to drive environmental solutions. If you are interested in bringing SEL to your school or district, email info@TheSEL.org.
Scheduled PD Offerings
Innovations in Green Technology Teacher Training
June 24 – 28, 2019
SunPower Corporation 1414 Harbor Way South, Richmond, California 94804
Innovations in Green Technology is a project-based learning course designed to prepare students for careers in the energy industry. This year-long course is approved as a University of California A-G D-lab science and is the first in a two-course series designed to meet California Technical Education Standards for the Energy and Power Technology Pathway in the Energy, Environment, and Utilities sector. Highlights include designing and building wind turbines, constructing a solar USB charger, creating a climate protection policy plan, networking with educators who are teaching sustainability curriculum, and earning CEU credits.
Energy and Environmental Design Teacher Training
July 29 – August 2, 2019
High Tech High International 2855 Farragut Road, San Diego, California 92106
Energy and Environmental Design is a project-based learning course in which students complete projects related to sustainable design, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. This year-long course is approved as a University of California A-G G-elective and is the second in a two-course series designed to meet California Technical Education Standards for the Energy and Power Technology Pathway in the Energy, Environment, and Utilities sector. Highlights include completing a mock solar installation, building a residential circuit, designing a green building, networking with educators who are teaching sustainability curriculum, and earning CEU credits.