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Energy Efficiency to Mitigate Climate Change and Ocean Acidification “EECCOA

EECCOA is a project-based science education program of the MERITO Foundation that provides energy, climate and ocean literacy services and products to 8th – 12th grade teachers and their students aligned to Next Generation of Science Standards (NGSS1) and Common Core State Standards (CCSS). EECCOA empowers students to address climate change and ocean acidification by providing them the tools to research, design and innovate Energy Efficiency or other sustainability models their schools can adopt, or develop Ocean Acidification (OA) awareness campaigns that inform their communities.


To learn more about the EECCOA Challenge and for current participants to access guidelines click here.


1)  The EECCOA Activity Guide: A compilation of 25 lesson plans that illustrate energy, climate and ocean literacy and address climate change and ocean acidification aligned to Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and Next Generation of Science Standards (NGSS). Through hands-on activities, experiments and end-of-year projects, students are enabled to implement the three dimensions of NGSS in the context of regional environments.

2)  EECCOA Professional Development Workshops (EECCOA-PD).

Aside from training on the scientific content and use of the 20 lesson plans, the participating educators of the EECCOA PD Workshops (2-3 days trainings) receive printed and digital copies of the EECCOA Activity guide; training on the lesson plans that address climate literacy, and expert scientists are invited to provide lectures on subjects such as El Niño Southern Oscillation, Climate Change, watershed education, ocean acidification, green building, climate resilience, water conservation, and an array of sustainability initiatives applicable to school grounds.

3) Meaningful Field Experiences for Students. Eligible schools receive sponsorship for students’ bus transportation and instruction by MERITO Foundation staff for EECCOA field experiences during which students implement hands-on activities related to sustainability, watershed education and ocean acidification.

4) EECCOA Students’ Challenge and Summit. Interested students can enter a project-based challenge in groups of 3-6 students that can reduce the carbon footprint of their school to mitigate climate change, ocean acidification, reduce utilities costs and make their school a healthier place. There are four tiers of projects from which students can choose:


4.1) Design and propose a measurable method to reduce their school’s energy use, CO2 output, and utilities costs, or


4.2) Design and propose a tangible method to reduce the potable water use of their school campus, or


4.3) Design and propose a tangible method to increase recycling and reduce waste production at the school site, or


4.4) Design an effective community outreach project to increase public awareness about ocean acidification that increases the understanding of the issue in the community (town) where they live and promote specific individual actions that can collectively mitigate the issue.

Student authors of the top projects for each category receive cash or in kind prizes such as SCUBA certification courses or summer camps; sponsorship of field-studies, cash or other equivalent to the discretion of educators and their school districts.

5) Other Incentives: the educators who participate in the Professional Development workshops, teach and test the lesson plans, provide feedback, and mentor their students on their projects receive cash stipends.

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