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Smart Energy Education is a dedicated resource for educational programs and interactive learning materials for students, educators, industry professionals, and communities around the world. Our goal is to improve energy and water literacy, encourage conservation, and inspire the next generation of innovators to create a more resourceful world.

Resourcefulness: Our Flagship Program

Resourcefulness: An Introduction to the Energy-Water Nexus teaches key concepts about water and energy for K-12 classrooms, colleges, industry, and the general public. Our goals are improving water and energy literacy, encouraging conservation, and inspiring the next generation of innovators.

Watt Watchers: Our Featured Program

Watt Watchers of Texas is a state-sponsored STEM program to help boost energy literacy for K-12 students and help schools save money by saving energy. Students join Lil’ Tex and Ann on patrol as official Watt Watchers, helping to save Texas by rounding up the Wasters Gang. Plus, with dozens of activities centered around conserving energy, food, water, and materials that are so much fun, your students won’t even realize how much they’re learning.

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Covering the vocabulary, history, resources, technology, and crosscutting social, political, and economic factors associated with global energy trends, Energy 101: Energy Technology and Policy creates energy experts who can see beyond the noise of modern energy discussions and think more critically about global energy issues.  This 32-chapter text is intended for high school students, college students, and energy professionals.

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Additional Resources

Thirst for Power

Water and energy are the two fundamental components of a society, and they are interconnected. Thirst for Power explores the history of civilization’s quest to procure abundant water and energy — from ancient Roman aqueducts in Europe to modern America’s vast hydroelectric infrastructure. 
Download the free middle school study guide from Paramount Education!

Hidden Heroes

Hidden Heroes is a collection of diverse stories, life lessons, and career advice from energy industry professionals. This behind-the-scenes series highlights the career pathways and daily lives of the often unseen energy professionals who help keep our lights on and our water running.

Minecraft Education Edition

Introduce students to alternative energy sources by having them build homes that make use of renewable energy in different Minecraft biomes. Learning objectives, guiding ideas, student activities, and performance expectations are available as part of the Renewable Energy lesson.

Conservation Station

The Conservation Station: Creating a More Resourceful World program materials dive into the relationship between energy and water and how innovative technologies are working to conserve both resources through the core pillars of resourcefulness: effectiveness, efficiency, and sustainability.

PBS Learning Media

This collection presents images, video, and academic commentary to introduce key concepts and to inspire further research at the intersection of energy and water. Presented by GPB Education, the Resourcefulness collection is available from PBS LearningMedia.

About the Partnership

To help inspire the next generation of leaders, and to improve the next generation STEM talent pipeline, Itron, Inc. and CPS Energy have partnered to launch Smart Energy Education - a collection of water and energy literacy resources.
Smart Energy Education will leverage pre-existing programs, such as the Resourcefulness curriculum, and include new programs, such as the Watt Watchers of Texas program, that provide interactive learning materials for students, educators, industry professionals, and communities around the globe.  Additionally, the Resourcefulness and Watt Watchers of Texas programs are now available in Spanish as a result of Itron and CPS Energy’s ongoing commitment to connect with as many communities as possible in the San Antonio region, and beyond. 
Smart Energy Education is bridging collaboration among community thought leaders, trusted educational programs and digital platforms that are working to improve energy-water literacy and student multimedia experiences around the world. The ultimate goal of Smart Energy Education is to demonstrate how improving energy and water literacy can not only foster community engagement, but inspire children to implement energy saving practices into their everyday life.
  • Resourcefulness, authored by Dr. Michael E. Webber, underwritten by Itron & distributed by Disco Learning Media
  • Smart Energy Education program underwritten by Itron, Inc. and CPS Energy 
  • Additional Resources and Program Development made possible through a collaboration with The University of Texas at Austin, Minecraft Education Edition, Discovery Education, PBS LearningMedia, the State Energy Conservation Office (SECO), and Alpheus Media

Itron enables utilities and cities to safely, securely, and reliably deliver critical infrastructure services to communities in more than 100 countries. Our portfolio of smart networks, software, services, meters and sensors helps our customers better manage electricity, gas and water resources for the people they serve. By working with our customers to ensure their success, we help improve the quality of life, ensure the safety and promote the well-being of millions of people around the globe. Itron is dedicated to creating a more resourceful world.

Established in 1860, CPS Energy is the nation’s largest public power, natural gas and electric company, providing safe, reliable, and competitively-priced service to 840,750 electric and 352,585 natural gas customers in San Antonio and portions of seven adjoining counties. Our customers’ combined energy bills rank among the lowest of the nation’s 20 largest cities – while generating $7 billion in revenue for the City of San Antonio for more than seven decades. As a trusted and strong community partner, we continuously focus on job creation, economic development and educational investment. True to our People First philosophy, we are powered by our skilled workforce, whose commitment to the community is demonstrated through our employees’ volunteerism in giving back to our city and programs aimed at bringing value to our customers. CPS Energy is among the top public power wind energy buyers in the nation and number one in Texas for solar generation.

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