EPA Leadership Award


Teaching Renewable Energy
New to renewable energy education?

Educators—learn renewable energy background content to bring into your classroom with our robust library of articles in the Teacher Learning Center. Contact us if you would like us to add new renewable energy background content. 


Teacher-generated STEM lesson plans

Search, rate, download and adapt a growing library of teacher- created, hands-on, renewable energy STEM activities developed by teachers for teachers in our online educator library. Upload your own variations to share with educators nationwide!

Explore data

Live solar data right at your fingertips

Bring energy topics to life! Educators and students can graph, chart and analyze live energy generation data from more than 150 schools, community buildings and corporate facilities nationwide in our unique Energy Exploration Center.

upcoming teacher workshops

Teacher Workshop in Modesto, CA
9/14/15 • 8:30am-3:30pm
This inquiry-based, hands-on science and engineering training program offers a review of the science, technology, and classroom applications of solar energy, as well as hands-on workshop activities that provide a chance to run through some of the experiments with other teachers in preparation for adaptation in your classroom. Limited to 20 registrants. Learn more or register >>

Teacher Workshop in Everett, WA
10/3/15 • 8:30am-3:30pm
This FREE full-day workshop, presented by Solar 4R Schools and Washington Green Schools, will appeal to 4th to 9th grade teachers interested in teaching inquiry-based hands-on science and engineering topics. It will begin with a review of the science, technology, and classroom applications of solar energy. This workshop also offers practical activities for conserving energy and information on how to become a part of the Washington Green Schools network. Learn more or register >>

opportunities for teachers

Learn more about additional training and grant opportunities:

Renewable Energy Educator Lab
Curriculum Development Opportunity
The Solar 4R Schools Renewable Energy Educator Lab is designed to create engaging and relevant renewable energy lessons for use by teachers in the Pacific Northwest and nationwide that are accessible through our online educator library. Each spring, we solicit proposals from teachers who are interested in collaboratively developing innovative renewable energy lessons, units, activities or student labs Learn more >>

latest project news

Solar 4R Schools receives National Leadership Award
10/19/15—Press Release, U.S. EPA and CRS Recognize Solar 4R Schools with National Leadership in Green Power Education Award for Renewable Energy Education

Portland Public Schools adds solar atop classrooms
10/6/15—Portland Tribune, Sustainable Life section

Save the Date! Washington STEM Summit
12/1/15—Solar 4R Schools to Exhibit in Problem-Solving Gallery

Students Sail Into Lessons on Solar Power
06/16/15—Inside Vancouver Public Schools

PPS Announces Rooftop Solar Project at Six Schools
02/19/15—PPS Pulse

Shining Some Light on the Science of Solar Power
02/04/15—Modesto Bee