Our Story

The National Energy Foundation's (NEF) mission is to cultivate and promote an energy literate society. To accomplish this mission NEF is dedicated to the development and implementation of educational materials and programs. NEF instruction focuses on energy, natural resources and the environment. Over the course of the 2016 – 17 fiscal year, NEF reached many teachers and students enabling them to be active and informed participants in the energy story.

Chairman Letter

Barry K. Worthington,
Executive Director,
United States Energy Association (USEA)

 

Energy Awareness

Energy awareness programs emphasize a wide range of topics and are designed to impact behaviors related to energy use. Energy Safe Kids (ESK) in-class presentations promote electrical and/or natural gas safety with interactive presentations conducted by NEF's energy education experts. Other NEF energy awareness programs include teacher professional development workshops, student camps, online resources and in-class presentations that help teachers and students understand where energy comes from and how to use it efficiently.

Energy Management

Energy management programs combine behavioral education with energy efficiency kits that encourage wise energy use at home. The Think! Energy (T!E) family of efficiency programs includes Bright Kids, Take Action!, Innovation and Community in Action. T!E kits include products ranging from energy efficiency staples such as LED light bulbs to exciting new "smart products" that help automate the way energy is used. NEF energy management programs help teachers and students understand the energy story from natural resources and production to transportation and efficient use. When a family member participates in a T!E program, a lasting impact is made on the entire household.

Materials Development

Materials development highlights NEF's effort to deliver up-to-date and accurate information about energy, despite rapid changes occuring in the industry. Every year, new and exciting curriculum is created while existing NEF favorites are reimagined. This process is essential to meeting our mission and helping our sponsors accomplish their energy education goals. NEF curriculum is correlated to STEM skills and behaviors, Next Generation Science Standards, the Common Core and state standards. The materials make teaching about energy easy and learning about energy the best part of any student's day.

Materials Distribution

Materials distribution programs provide essential energy literacy materials directly to teachers. The largest materials distribution program is the Academy of Natural Gas Education which sends customized curriculum packets on behalf of industry sponsors. Other distribution programs include mailing contest-winning posters or books to participants of student competitions and getting new NEF curriculum in the hands of relevant industry leaders. Sponsoring a materials distribution program is a fantastic way to help students delve into the energy story without any impact on a teacher's budget.

Student Competitions

Competitions are fun ways for students to show off their knowledge of energy. Students create posters, projects, slogans, videos, public service announcements and more, demonstrating a wide variety of skills and talents. Competitions are designed to get students thinking outside of the box about energy safety and the future of energy use. Contest entries received by NEF demonstrate students' ability to think critically about energy and exhibit their understanding through creative outlets.

Financials

The figures in this section reflect the National Energy Foundation's audited financial statements for the years ending on June 30, 2016 and June 30, 2017.

National Network

NEF is frequently called on by educators and partners to assist with on-site visits, committee membership opportunities, presentations at conferences, marketing consultation, custom materials development and strategic proposal writing. NEF is also an active participant in ongoing energy industry education through conference attendance. Additionally, key members of the NEF staff serve on various boards for outstanding organizations relating to energy and the environment. Sharing expertise with other leading organizations is a great way for NEF to increase energy literacy nationwide.

In-kind Work

Each year, NEF chooses to fund or support various organizations to help further fulfill its mission to support energy literacy.

Communications

NEF corporate communications promotes the name of the organization to the public in a fun and educationally friendly way. This department helps spread the word about positive impacts that result from partnerships between NEF and program sponsors. InterNEF (NEF’s bi-annual newsletter), websites, a blog, multiple social media channel logos, colors and colorful displays are just some of the tools used to accomplish that goal. Year after year, NEF communications finds new ways to get the energy story to teachers and students, families and communities.

President's Message

Elissa Richards,
President,
National Energy Foundation

Our Story

The National Energy Foundation (NEF) is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, founded in 1976. It is dedicated to building energy literacy through the development, distribution and implementation of educational programs and materials. NEF resources relate to energy, natural resources,energy efficiency, energy safety and the environment. Concepts are taught through science, math, art,technology and writing. NEF recognizes the importance of educating individuals about energy so they can make informed decisions about energy issues and use.

Energy Awareness

Energy Resource Stewards

For over four decades the National Energy Foundation (NEF) has offered diverse programs in energy awareness. The content has covered everything from mining energy sources, to alternative transportation fuels, to solar energy. One of NEF’s most popular and long-running programs has delivered basic energy concepts, including electrical generation and how to save electricity through classroom presentations. Dynamic presenters educate and motivate students to make smart choices in their energy related behaviors. These programs influence tens of thousands of children annually to become wise energy resource stewards and help save money at home. Students share the message with their families and together complete a survey about changes they’re making.

Energy Management

Energy Education Kits

The National Energy Foundation (NEF) educates in schools through both NEF employee presentations and teacher-directed programs. Energy management programs offer an introduction to the concept of efficiency along with supplemental curricula for the classroom. Programs include education for families with kits of energy saving devices to be installed at home and data is collected for the sponsoring entity. NEF teacher-directed programs placed nearly 95,000 such kits in the 2016-17 school year. Educators involved in self-directed programs are given all the resources needed to successfully teach about energy reserves and energy management. Program components include a video presentation, instructional posters, a teacher activity guide, student guides, take-home kits and a website to assist teachers and the school community.

Materials Development

Think! Energy Video

Materials development highlights NEF's ability to deliver timely energy information with fresh, visual appeal. Engaging curriculum is created to resonate in today's media savvy, high tech society. The new Think! Energy video features students introducing efficient technologies and wise-use behaviors as they tour a home with the viewer. Its fun animations encourage proper thermostat settings, use of LED bulbs and even short showers! The Think! Energy video is used in NEF's Take! Action programs to create classroom energy education that students won't soon forget.

Materials Distribution

Natural Gas Safety Challenge booklets

Among the greatest contributors to the success of the Academy of Natural Gas Education program are the materials that students take home to engage with their families. This year NEF has completely redesigned the student school to home booklets. These new Natural Gas Safety Challenge booklets help students learn to be safe with natural gas, both inside and outside of their homes. Included is a room-to-room household safety challenge. Students inspect natural gas appliances with an adult, sharing what they have learned. The booklets have several new activities, games and web links, making this a fun resource for students and a perfect homework assignment for teachers to give.

Student Competitions

PHMSA 811 Video Contest Winnter

In 2017, the National Energy Foundation held many student contests with our sponsors. The PHMSA Call 811 Video Contest contest drew in 38 entries from 3 states; Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Tennessee. Our grand prize winner, Ally Herrmann, was a Junior from Whitnall High School in Greenfield, Wisconsin. When emailed news of Ally’s video being selected as the winner, her teacher, Mr. Weissgerber, was incredibly proud. He said, “She really is one of those students who came into my media class with an unknown of what she was doing. She has become a natural at this!” The judges, at NEF, PHMSA, and the Department of Transportation, couldn’t agree more. Ally’s video was unanimously voted as the winner for the 2017 Call 811 Video Challenge.

National Network

National Energy Literacy Survery

A major accomplishment for NEF during the 2016-17 fiscal year was the completion of the first-ever National Energy Literacy Survey. With our research partner Cicero Social Impact, NEF surveyed over 2,000 high school seniors across the country to measure their knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors related to energy. The results from the survey are fascinating, and provide valuable insights into how energy education efforts might be redesigned and redeployed for more effective impact. NEF has already begun sharing the results at numerous national conferences and industry events, and has produced multiple publications available for download at the NEF website.

Communications

T!E Website Redesign

NEF continued the digital push this past year by launching a completely reconstructed thinkenergy.org. The new website was a catalyst for big changes to the program family ranging from new colors to a reimagined digital experience. The homepage is a simple one-page resource for those who are just learning about T!E. While T!E participants now have access to a hub of energy efficiency activity through the program-specific support pages.

Completing the site marks a second year in a row for streamlining NEF’s online presence. Constantly enhancing our online footprint is priority at NEF. Teachers can now easily register for the program, parents can find light-hearted videos about the Take Action Kit and students can play games that reinforce class concepts. Home Energy Worksheets can be submitted right from the family page, all on one simple site.

National Energy Foundation

2017

Annual Report


 

Welcome to NEF's 2017 Annual Report! As you navigate, you will find some fun, interactive elements when hovering over certain images or numbers. Also, click on the icons for detailed spotlights in each section.

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