With funding from the University-National Park Energy Partnership Program (UNPEPP), SERC will again partner with Redwood National and State Parks (RNSP) for a summer 2008 UNPEPP project. The UNPEPP 2008 project follows and builds upon the highly successful summer 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2006 SERC-RNSP internships sponsored by UNPEPP. The UNPEPP 2008 project will consist of auditing energy use, making recommendations for energy efficiency improvements, designing a grid-connected photovoltaic system for onsite energy production, and producing an interpretive sign to inform visitors about the work taking place at RNSP’s Headquarters in Crescent City, CA. As with prior UNPEPP projects, the 2008 project will employ two student interns from Humboldt State University. SERC and RNSP will conduct day-to-day project oversight.
Over the past two years, SERC has worked with the Washington, DC-based Alliance to Save Energy (ASE) on the creation of an energy efficiency curriculum intended for nationwide use in high schools. The curriculum, known as Student Energy Auditor Training (SEAT), teaches students about energy by having them perform an energy audit on their own campus. SERC staff have pilot-taught the three-day curriculum in a half dozen schools across northern California, receiving positive reviews from students and teachers. In several cases, schools have gone on to make energy-saving upgrades based on the students’ recommendations.