SEE Careers: Water Careers in the Energy Sector

Water and energy share a unique connection. Creating energy requires water for dams, extracting fossil fuels, and cooling in thermal processes. On the other hand, gaining access to water through extraction, treatment, and distribution to the region’s population requires abundant energy. You can’t have one without the other. Jobs related to energy and water, therefore, become essential. 

How are Cities Connected to Energy?

The city and the countryside offer distinct freedoms. In one, you have access to services nearly 24/7. You can order food to your door at three in the morning and hop on a ten-minute bus ride to your job. The other allows you free range to roam. You have room to grow and harvest food. There’s less pollution and more land. Each allows for a unique lifestyle that will seem more appealing depending on personal preferences and goals. As a society, Americans tend to think of the two as opposites that never see eye to eye. However, as different as they seem, they rely on each other and are much more connected than you might think.

How is wealth connected to energy?

Wealth can be described as the possessions, goods, and liberties that provide a person with a good quality of life. The more wealth a person has, the higher quality of life they can enjoy. When we think of modern wealth, we automatically picture lavish lifestyles, fancy cars, and large beautiful houses. But in reality, the well-being of a community is more complex than material goods. Wealth, security, and innovation go hand in hand. Modern energy has catapulted this aspect of our lives to new heights, uncovering new avenues for our societies to flourish. 

How is war connected to energy?

War has been a part of humanity since the beginning of civilization. We fight wars over water, land, spices, resources, and most importantly, energy. However, people often don’t pay much attention to where their energy comes from. They don’t see that its influence and contribution to war and national security are incredibly significant and impact everyone’s daily lives. 

What is Career Connected Learning?

Career-Connected Learning, sometimes referred to as Work-Based Learning, is an educational model that introduces students to career paths and employment opportunities through interactive programs and partnerships with established business entities, professionals, and experts in different fields. It is a model that has successfully been adopted worldwide and has proven effective in carving a path to fill skills gaps in industries lacking qualified job applicants. 

The Importance of Collective Learning in Energy Education for Collective Action in the Energy Sector

Our ability to pass on information from generation to generation, known as collective learning, stands as a hallmark of what makes us unique as human beings. Before modern civilization, it was imperative to communicate knowledge regarding animal migration, safe vegetation, and climate patterns to survive in the wild. The knowledge we have accumulated over centuries has allowed us to advance far beyond any other animal on the planet and continues to be a pivotal factor contributing to our future.

“What is Energy?” Passport Launch at The DoSeum

At Smart Energy Education and Watt Watchers of Texas we have worked tirelessly to update our resources and continue to provide the best energy education programs out there. Our goal to help boost energy literacy for K-12 students has remained the same throughout the pandemic and continues to motivate us when creating new resources for our community. And speaking of community, we were thrilled we had the opportunity to safely come together in person and launch a new learning experience in San Antonio with the DoSeum and our sponsor CPS Energy. 

Plug Into Energy with Smart Energy Education Virtual Field Trips

The past two years have been full of surprises. In person restrictions continue to be implemented around the world and pose a unique obstacle for educators. Smart Energy Education has an abundance of online resources for teachers and students – and now we’re happy to launch a new opportunity for schools; the SEE Virtual Field Trip series. 

Back to School with Smart Energy Education

With the fall semester in full swing, Smart Energy Education is here to help you add excitement to your classroom through hands-on activities, project-based lessons, games, and short videos. Learn more about the program here.

Champions of Change

This summer, CPS Energy, the largest municipally owned electric and natural gas provider in the United States, and global technology leader Itron, Inc., joined forces to launch the CPS Energy Summer Fellowship Program, along with the BEE Project, SOS San Antonio, the Webber Energy Group at UT Austin, and Disco Learning Media. Read more about the program here.