Dimensions, March/April 2016—Looking Toward the Future of Energy



March/April 2016

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Communities and nations across the globe are faced with the challenge of meeting rising energy demands in environmentally and economically responsible ways. In this issue of Dimensions, science centers and related institutions share how they are increasing energy literacy through exhibitions, education programs, artworks, and more. These institutions are promoting energy careers; connecting scientists to local decision makers; helping the public navigate controversial issues such as hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”; and supporting young people as they lead their own communities in addressing energy use and sustainability.

In addition, we hear from institutions that are leading by example. Science centers, museums, and aquariums explain how they are making their own facilities more energy efficient, and one institution discusses its decision to move its investments in fossil fuels to investments in renewable energy. Today, science centers and museums are poised to equip their audiences with the knowledge and skills they need to make informed choices for a more sustainable energy future.

  • How Science Centers Can Harvest Interest in Energy, by Roger Highfield
  • “Will the Planet Notice?” A Youth-Led Environmental Awareness Campaign in India, by Emdadul Islam
  • Mentoring Cafés Offer Students a Cup of STEM, by Amanda Quiñones
  • The Power of Energy Education
  • Two Approaches to Addressing Fracking in New York State
  • Just the Facts: Science and Engineering Ambassadors Enhance Local Decision Making, by Barbara Granito
  • Investing in Renewable Energy: Aligning Actions with Mission and Values, by Richard V. Piacentini
  • Going Green (Additional case studies are available here.)
Online Departments
  • From the CEO: Working to Expand Energy Literacy
  • Our Boards in Action: Matt Lorentzen on Turning a Science Center’s Finances Around
  • Q&A with Shree Bose: Inspiring Tomorrow’s Tinkerers

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