Category Archives for Education
Information on coal and energy education
We have invited award-winning speaker and media veteran, Colleen Kettenhofen to share highlights from her book, “Secrets Your Boss Isn’t Telling You.” American Coal Council members are welcome to sign on to the ACC website and enjoy Colleen’s insights from … Continue reading
Update: 7-29-11 – On November 30, 2010, I published a post by the American Coal Foundation discussing a cooperative program between that organization and Scholastic. This article was the source of some controversy over the production of educational material. Therefore, … Continue reading
Stephen L. Paine, West Virginia’s superintendent of schools has an interesting column on the WBOY TV website. Reading through his comments gives each of us a good reminder of how many of our basic institutions rely on the clean, affordable, … Continue reading
Interesting report on air quality and emissions from the Desert Research Institute and PopSci.com.
According to a study by the Desert Research Institute, pollutant levels
at the beginning of the 20th century were two to five times higher than
current levels of pollution. Researchers attribute the decrease in
pollution levels to the advent of more efficient coal-burning
technologies, as well as legislation aimed at reducing emissions. (emphasis added)
Good to see the science is now backing what we have been saying for years.
From the DOE, Fossil Energy website:
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has released a funding opportunity announcement calling on U.S. colleges and universities to propose new projects to enhance the long-term use of coal. The announcement launches the 30th year of DOE’s University Coal Research (UCR) program, the Department’s longest-running student-teacher research grant program.
The program will award $2.4 million to various projects ($300,000 per project maximum) in the following areas of interest
- Computational Energy Sciences
- Material Science
- Novel materials for Snesing or Monitoring in Extreme Environments of Fossil Energy Systems
[img_assist|nid=838|title=CCB samples|desc=|link=popup|align=left|width=150|height=96]The University of Kentucky’s Center for Applied Energy Research has released a new Ash Education website.
The site has an abundance of information on Coal Combustion By-products (CCBs), what they are, how they are used, how research can help make them more useful, as well as other information.
The website is described as being "dedicated to information and education on CCB basics, research,
utilization, economic and environmental importance, and potential
future use." With information being submitted by research scientists at the UK CAER Environmental and Coal Technologies Group, this website will serve as a valuable resource to those needing information on CCBs.
Kudos to Arch Coal for working with teachers and schools to promote better quality energy education across the country. Here is the text of a recent Arch Coal news release describing their new teaching grants program In Delta County, Colorado.
News from Arch Coal, Inc.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Media – Kim Link 314/994-2936
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Arch Coal Foundation Introduces Innovative Teaching Grants Program In Delta County; Teachers and Students To Benefit
Somerset, Colo. (September 11, 2007) – Teachers and students soon will benefit from a new Arch Coal Foundation grants program in Delta County, according to West Elk’s General Manager Pete Wyckoff.
The Arch Coal Foundation is funded by Arch Coal, Inc, which owns West Elk mine. The Foundation will grant up to $10,000 to K-12 teachers in Delta County’s public schools to invent and test innovative teaching ideas in their classrooms during the 2007-2008 school year. Teachers throughout the county have received application materials and information.
“Education has traditionally been the largest area of giving for Arch Coal because we believe quality education enhances our country’s competitiveness and advances our future,” said Wyckoff. “Through this grants program, we can encourage Delta County teachers to use their experience, skills and imagination to generate innovative techniques or concepts that will aid learning in their classrooms. We want these ideas to be tested in the classroom and, if successful, be shared with other teachers.
“We believe these ideas should be relatively inexpensive because we want to encourage other teachers to replicate the best ideas,” said Wyckoff. “We also know that many teachers have to fund new ideas out of their own pockets. Not only do we want to encourage these new ideas, we want to help fund them.”
Individual classroom awards will be limited to no more than $500 each. Eligible teachers, or teaching teams, can apply for one award every school year. Wyckoff also said the Foundation is forming a committee composed of area citizens and local employees to review applications and make recommendations to the Arch Coal Foundation for grant recipients.
Arch Coal employees unveiled the Innovative Teaching Grants program to Delta County school principals at a meeting today. The grants application form and other pertinent information are posted at www.archcoal.com/community/teachinggrants.asp.
Arch Coal, Inc. is one of the nation’s largest coal producers. The company’s core business is providing U.S. power generators with clean-burning, low-sulfur coal for electric generation. Through its national network of mines, Arch supplies the fuel for approximately 6 percent of the electricity generated in the United States. The company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: ACI) and maintains its corporate headquarters in St. Louis, Mo. Mountain Coal Company’s West Elk Mine is located in Somerset, Colo. Almost 400 people are employed at West Elk.
From an April 10, 2007 Arch Coal email news release.
Congratulations to the teachers on their awards. WELL DONE!
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
Media – Kim Link 314/994-2936
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
23 West Virginia Teachers Earn Arch Coal ‘Golden Apples’
Charleston, W.Va. (April 10, 2007) – Twenty-three West Virginia classroom teachers have earned Golden Apple awards from the Arch Coal Foundation, according to John R. Snider, Arch Coal, Inc. vice president for external affairs.
Last month, the Arch Coal Foundation gave Teacher Achievement Awards to 12 outstanding West Virginia teachers, Snider reported.
“The teachers receiving the Golden Apple awards are outstanding in every respect and finished closely behind those who received the achievement awards,” Snider said. “Our judges – teachers who have received the achievement award in the past – had a very difficult task in determining this year’s recipients. There were many superior applications.
“I hope that the Golden Apple recipients will apply again, because they narrowly missed being selected for the achievement awards,” Snider said. “It is reassuring to Arch Coal and the business community that West Virginia’s children are in good hands
in their classrooms. The state is fortunate to have so many talented teachers.”
The Golden Apple recipients are:
Dinah Adkins Point Harmony Elementary School Cross Lanes Karen Arms Man High School Man Diana Kay Arthur Fairview Elementary School Fairview Kelly Beckett Franklin Elementary Center Parkersburg Linda Gayle Boley Meadow Bridge Elementary Meadow Bridge Brenda Gayla Bunn Village of Barboursville Elementary Barboursville Patricia Cain Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center Grantsville Jane Ann Conrad Brandywine Elementary School Brandywine Cheryl Cottrill Parkersburg High School Parkersburg Helen Virginia Furioli Wellsburg Middle School Wellsburg Sarah Twigg Gaughenbaugh John Marshall High School Glen Dale Stacy Greer Woodsdale Elementary School Wheeling Linda Grose Elkins High School Elkins Gene Hovatter Barbour County Technical Center Phillipi Beverly Lynne Kibler Poca High School Poca Robin Sue McCants Hedgesville High School Hedgesville Joyce Michaels Frankfort Middle School Ridgeley Greg Minter Nuttall Middle School Lookout Debora Lynn Nicholson Bridgeport High School Bridgeport Katie Jo Owens Ritchie County Middle School Ellenboro Debra Ann Sowards Scott Teays Elementary School Scott Depot Jill Stemple Rock Cave Elementary School Rock Cave Kathy Swanson Ashford-Rumble Elementary School Ashford
The Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Awards program is the longest running, privately sponsored teacher recognition program in the state. Teachers are nominated by the public and selected by award-winning teachers. The awards program is supported by the West Virginia Department of Education, the West Virginia Education Association and its West Virginia Foundation for the Improvement of Education, and the West Virginia Library Commission.
Arch Coal, Inc. is one of the nation’s largest coal producers. The company’s core business is providing U.S. power generators with clean-burning, low-sulfur coal for electric generation. Through its national network of mines, Arch supplies the fuel for approximately 6 percent of the electricity generated in the United States. The company is listed on the New York Stock
Exchange (NYSE: ACI) and maintains its corporate headquarters in St. Louis, Mo.###