Posted: April 22, 2014

APS 5th Graders Learn about Energy Conservation on Earth Day

Longfellow ES students are among those taking part in the Think! Energy program sponsored by PNM.

PNM kicked off its Think! Energy program on Earth Day at several APS elementary schools including Longfellow, where students in Gustavo Reye's fifth grade class learned about the importance of saving energy, protecting natural resources and being environmentally conscious.

Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham helped kick off the program Tuesday along with Ron Rioux, APS energy conservation coordinator; Lesley Gaylas of the New Mexico Public Education Department; Karen Montoya, PRC commissioner, District 1; and PNM representatives.

Think! Energy is a 45 to 60 minute interactive, hands-on presentation with a take home energy efficiency kit for each participating student and teacher. The program teaches the importance of energy, natural resources and environmental resources, and gives each participating student’s family energy-efficient technologies to install at home. The program is easy to implement and also reinforces learning requirements with relevant content and inquiry based activities. Teachers receive a selection of supplemental instructional materials and optional lessons that may be used in addition to the presentation.

The efficiency kit includes easy-to-install items including a low-flow showerhead, faucet aerators, compact fluorescent bulbs and a night light. The kit also contains a guide for families to complete the installation together and learn about ways to reduce energy waste.

Classes that complete the program will become eligible to apply for energy-saving grants for the classroom.

PNM Think Energy

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