Beetle Kill to Bioenergy
Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance
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This lesson explores bioenergy as a clean and alternative energy resource for powering communities. Students will use nonfiction narrative that tells the story of Eagle Valley Clean Energy (EVCE) in Colorado as well as the Bioenergy Alliance Network of the Rockies (BANR). These projects are examples used to assess the social, environmental, and economic impacts of bioenergy and biofuels. A magazine article is used to familiarize the students with bioenergy, the players involved in the process, and the impacts on the community. A video about EVCE will then be used to spur discussion from students based on different stakeholder perspectives. A more detailed explanation of the EVCE and BANR projects is found in the background and can also be used to familiarize students with the project.