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National Fuel and the Buffalo Sabres' Paul Gaustad Invite You to Join the NEED Project

National Fuel's Energy Detectives Program, started in 2008, offers Western New York schools an education program for fifth through twelfth grade teachers to help students become Energy Detectives by learning about energy efficiency, conservation and energy sources. The program includes hands-on classroom materials and take-home kits for participating students and their families. Materials include information on National Fuel's Conservation Incentive Program, brochures with energy savings tips, electric outlet and switch draft stoppers, window insulation kits, weather strip caulking cords, faucet aerators and water-saving showerheads. As part of the program, formal lesson plans integrate educational activities and community outreach projects.

Since inception, more than 19,000 Energy Detectives and 180 teachers have joined thousands of others to become members of the Sabres' Green Team. Introduced in 2007, the Green Team highlights the Sabres' dedication to the sustainability of the environment in Western New York through the Blue & Gold Make Green Initiative. The organization is committed to creating programming to help Sabres fans reduce their environmental footprints while educating them on conservation issues, providing them with conservation tips to promote cost-effective energy use and directing them to additional resources where they can learn more about the environment and energy-related issues and events in their communities.

If you are a 5th - twelfth grade teacher, sign up to participate in our free workshops

If you are a fifth through twelfth grade teacher at a school in National Fuel's Western New York service area, you can sign up to participate in one of our free workshops correlated to New York State's learning standards. Our Energy Detectives and Climate Detectives workshops can help your students find out how their school and home uses energy, learn about the science of climate change and how to use less energy through conservation. Pre-registration is required, so sign up today!

Additional Workshop Benefits:

  • Professional development credit is available
  • Substitute reimbursement is available
  • Free classroom kits, student kits and classroom materials are provided
  • Breakfast and lunch are included

Workshop Dates and Locations:

Date Location Title  
10/18/10   Jamestown Public Schools   Energy Detectives Workshop   Enroll Details
10/19/10   The Niagara Power Project's Power Vista   Climate Detectives Workshop   Enroll Details
11/03/10   West Seneca Central Schools   Climate Detectives Workshop   Enroll Details
11/06/10   Hilton Garden Inn, Buffalo   Energy Detectives Workshop   Enroll Details

If you have any questions, or if you need any additional information, please contact the National Energy Education Development Project (NEED) at 1-866-720-2123 or by e-mail at [email protected].

Look for the Sabres Green Team spokesperson, Paul Gaustad, and Sabretooth to spread the green word at local schools through our education initiative.

Pictured here: Sabres Forward Paul Gaustad, with student Energy Detective, Spencer Miliotto, and his teacher at Ben Franklin Middle School, Andy Lueth.

Energy Detectives Classroom Contest

National Fuel, the Buffalo Sabres and NEED are pleased to name Cattaraugus-Little Valley Middle School the School of the Year in New York State for its winning project promoting energy efficiency in the Energy Detectives Classroom Contest, part of National Fuel's Energy Detectives Program.

National Fuel celebrated the participating students, or Energy Detectives, at Cattaraugus-Little Valley with an in-school event on June 14, 2010. In addition, National Fuel sponsored 16 students to represent New York State at the NEED National Recognition Ceremonies in Washington, D.C., June 25, 2010 to June 28, 2010. During the ceremonies, Cattaraugus-Little Valley was recognized for its first-place project. In addition, the school was named "Junior Level Rookie of the Year," a national honor recognizing the work of a school that excelled above a state level.

Tony Schabloski, an eighth grade science teacher at Cattaraugus-Little Valley, said, "I am proud of my students and the leadership they demonstrated in organizing their project and participating in the contest. I am all the more proud that the students took the lesson of the program to heart, sharing their project and what they learned with their sixth grade peers and the community. I tell my students all the time that they can make a difference and even have fun while doing it. I'm ecstatic that they get to experience this first hand. My hopes are that they truly realize what is possible in the future, after reaching this many people, while in the eighth grade at a small rural school."

Pictured here: Student Energy Detectives, from Cattaraugus-Little Valley Middle School, that represented New York State in the NEED National Recognition Ceremonies, with Candace Broughton (left), school library media specialist; and Tony Schabloski (right), eighth grade science teacher.

Next year's Energy Detectives Contest is currently being developed for the 2010-2011 school year. For additional information, please continue to check this website, or contact NEED at 1-866-720-2123 or by e-mail at [email protected].

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