Nebraska Solar Schools

Welcome to Nebraska Solar Schools

Nebraska Solar Schools is an online program that provides K-12 teachers with resources and tools for incorporating renewable energy education into their classrooms and schools. The program is offered to public and private schools, as well as places like schools such as children’s museums, zoos, nature preserves and science and technology centers.

Current Program Partners 

  • Nebraska Green Schools
  • Nebraska Department of Education
  • Nebraska Energy Office
  • LES, OPPD, NPPD
  • Creighton University, UNL, UNO, Nebraska Community Colleges
  • Lincoln Public Schools, Omaha Public Schools
  • Nebraska Chapter of USGBC
  • Nebraskans for Solar

A major Nebraska Solar Schools objective is to bring many more school districts, teachers, principals and other statewide education leaders, as well as community groups into the initiative.

Partnership Between Nebraska Solar Schools and Nebraska Green Schools
Nebraska Solar Schools is one of a number of program partners involved in Nebraska Green Schools, a new certification program sponsored by the Nebraska Department of Education. To achieve certification, students complete investigations through an online course and implement action projects. The 5 areas for student investigation are: Energy, Water, School Site, Waste and Recycling, and Environmental Quality.

Nebraska Green Schools Directors
Jennifer Swerczek, Energy Education Specialist at Nebraska Public Power District. Primary contact for the Nebraska Green Schools program.

Sara Cooper, Science Education Specialist, Nebraska Department of Education

The Nebraska Green Schools program will launch this fall.

Nebraska Solar Schools Director
Helen Deffenbacher, who also serves on the Board of Directors of the nonprofit, Nebraskans for Solar.

Nebraska Solar Schools Timeline
July 19, 2016: First Nebraska Solar Schools’ Teachers Workshop. (Please see Announcements).
Fall of 2016: Statewide launch of the Nebraska Solar Schools program.