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As communities explore options for renewable energy, local wood resources may become an attractive solution for generating electricity and power. Whether this is a good idea depends upon local understanding and perceptions, woody biomass supply and cost, and forest management practices. Preparing high school students to make decisions about renewable energy options is an important part of having an informed citizenry that is able to find solutions to complex issues.

Should We Use Wood for Energy? A High School Education Program is a set of interdisciplinary activities designed for teachers to use with grades 10 through 12. The 18 activities explore woody biomass and develop critical-thinking skills in the context of sustainability. This adaptable and locally relevant unit can supplement science and social studies classes and enable students to investigate a current and potentially controversial issue.

You can access program materials in two ways:

  1. Download the entire teacher guide by clicking here (includes introduction, all activities, student handouts, glossary, references, acknowledgments).
  2. Use the menu below to learn more about the program and to download individual pdf files of program resources and activities.

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Please cite this program as:
Ireland, J.T., M.C. Monroe, & A. Oxarart. (2010). Should we use wood for energy? A high school education program. EDIS Document FOR 270. Gainesville, FL: Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida, Florida Cooperative Extension Service, 210 pages.