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NEEI - National Extension Energy Initiative

The National Extension Energy Initiative (NEEI) provides Extension educators professional development opportunities through sharing experiences and information, learning from successes and challenges, and building new partnerships for energy education from all program areas: Agriculture and Natural Resources; Family and Consumer Sciences; 4-H Youth Development; and Community Development.


Leadership


Chair: David Ripplinger, North Dakota State University  (david.ripplinger@ndsu.edu)

Vice Chair:  Tim Prather, University of Tennessee Extension

Past Vice Chair:  Patricia Townsend, Washington State University Extension

Initiative Manager:  John Ignosh, Virginia Cooperative Extension

Stakeholder Relations Committee Chair:  Tim Baye, University of Wisconsin-Extension

Professional Development Committee Chair:  Charles Gould, Michigan State University Extension


History


The vision for the National Extension Energy Initiative was forged at the 2012 Public and Land-Grant University Conference on Energy Challenges: The Next 50 Years.  This conference explored energy challenges and identified potential roles and actions for public and Land-Grant universities addressing the nation’s energy needs.  The conference’s panel on renewable energy concluded that public and land-grant universities should be and will be actively involved in finding energy solutions.  The panel found that the renewable energy industry could benefit significantly for increased collaboration with university researchers.  Read more about the 2012 conference here.

The inaugural National Extension Energy Summit (NEES) took place in Fort Collins, CO from April 29-May 1, 2013 with 68 attendees from 28 states. Colorado State University hosted in collaboration with Montana State University, the University of Wyoming, and the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities.  The second National Extension Energy Summit was organized and hosted by Washington State University on April 7-10, 2015 in Seattle Washington, with 97 attendees from 31 states.  A primary focus of the 2015 summit was to provide a platform to discuss various frameworks and organizational structures for planning and hosting future Extension Energy Summits, and foster collaborations to enhance Extension energy education programs.  After discussing multiple options, conference attendees overwhelmingly voted to collaborate with ANREP to develop an organizational structure as an energy initiative.

Sumit 2013

ANREP National Extension Energy Initiative


The primary objective of the National Extension Energy Initiative is to provide Extension educators professional development opportunities through sharing experiences and information, learning from successes and challenges, and building new partnerships for energy education from all program areas: Agriculture and Natural Resources; Family and Consumer Sciences; 4-H Youth Development; and Community Development.

The primary activity for the National Extension Energy Initiative is to conduct a biennial National Extension Energy Summit to share energy research, programs, and resources among state Extension energy personnel from all program areas. Other activities include building relationships among stakeholders within the energy sector and building capacity of Extension professionals in energy efficiency and renewable energy.

For a complete list of the National Extension Energy Initiative guidelines, click here.

ANREP Member Involvement

Membership in the National Extension Energy Initiative includes leaders and energy experts from Public and Land Grant Universities, Cooperative Extension Professionals, national laboratories, and government from around the country. The majority of Initiative members belong to the Association of Natural Resources Extension Professionals (ANREP) or other Joint Council of Extension Professionals (JCEP) affiliate associations.  If you are interested in learning more about the National Extension Energy Initiative or would like to be included in the Initiative list-serve to be informed on up-coming events and ways to be involved, please contact David Ripplinger (david.ripplinger@ndsu.edu).

2017 National Extension Energy Summit

Downtown Knoxville, TNApril 3-6, 2017
Knoxville, Tennessee

Join fellow energy educators to share, learn and network in order to become a more effective energy educator. This biennual summit is an effort of the ANREP National Extension Energy Initiative, USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, University of Tennessee Extension and Tennessee State University Extension. Keynote speakers, panel discussions, presentations and workshops by local, state and national experts from public and private sectors will help us understand policies, regulations and perceptions that affect energy research and education opportunities. Oral and poster presentations will highlight energy research and education programs. Optional post-conference tours will visit innovative bioenergy facilities and tour sustainability efforts in the urban and university campus settings.

More details and registration information can be found at the Summit website.

Archive Documents


2020 National Energy Education Needs and Priorities: A Roadmap for the Cooperative Extension System

2015 Presentations

2015 Video

2013 Proceedings from the National Extension Energy Summit, Fort Collins, Colorado

 

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