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Education and Workforce Development Resources

The bioenergy-related educational materials on this page can help students and educators prepare for and advance the developing biomass and bioenergy industry and workforce.

Student Resources
Educator Resources
Workforce Development Resources


Student Resources

The following links are useful to students who are interested in biomass and bioenergy.


The Bioenergy Basics 101 Game is a fun game designed for individuals with a general background in high school biology or environmental science. There are six categories corresponding to specific components of the bioenergy supply chain.

The Coloring and Activity Book is designed for children as a fun learning tool to inform them about bioenergy and raise their awareness of alternative fuel sources and renewable energy.

The links below provide biomass and biofuels science fair project ideas:

Visit the Biomass Basics pages or the Bioenergy Glossary for more information regarding biomass and bioenergy.

Undergraduate and Graduate

The links and information below serve as resources for students at the graduate or undergraduate levels, or students who are looking into pursuing a higher degree in a bioenergy field:

Laboratory analytical procedures (LAPs) are developed in collaboration with NREL. The following NREL and analogous American Society for Testing and Materials laboratory procedures provide tested and accepted methods for performing analyses commonly used in biofuels research. Go to NREL's Standard Biomass Analytical Procedures.

A comprehensive list of bioenergy-related trade groups and non-profit organizations can be accessed on the related links page—some of which are highlighted below:

Renewable Fuels Association (RFA): RFA serves as a vital link between the ethanol industry and the federal government, to promote increased production and use of ethanol through supportive policies, regulations, and research and development initiatives.

National Biodiesel Board: This website provides owners of all types of diesel vehicles—from the driver of a diesel passenger vehicle, to a farmer with diesel equipment, to a fleet manager of hundreds of trucks or buses—with facts and other information about biodiesel, such as the location of fueling stations.

National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition (NVEC): NEVC is a non-profit organization that promotes the use of E85. NEVC involves a wide range of organizations, including state and local interest groups, state and local elected officials, ethanol producers, vehicle manufacturers, and many others.

Green Power Network: The network provides a wealth of information for both the research community and those interested in purchasing "green" energy and products. Learn more about green pricing, state policies, recent papers, and upcoming conferences.

Visit the Publications, Databases, and Analytical Tools sections of this website to explore additional research needs.

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Educator Resources

The links below are resources for educators teaching bioenergy-related lessons at the K–12 level:

Video on Bioenergy Career Opportunities
Bioenergy: America’s Energy Future is a short documentary film that highlights stories of individuals and companies who are passionate about achieving the promise of biofuels and addressing the challenges of developing a thriving bioeconomy. 

K–12 Energy Lesson Plans and Activities
Visit the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's Energy Education page for educational resources, including K–12 bioenergy-related lesson plans and activities.

NREL's Renewable Energy Activities Choices for Tomorrow: A Teacher's Activity Guide for Middle Level Grades 6–8 

Bioenergy Lesson Plans
View a PDF of the South Carolina Energy Office's 7–12 bioenergy lesson plans.

Federal Resources for Educators
This site has lesson plans for K–12 educators on bioenergy-related topics.

Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center: Classroom Materials
This site has collection of over 25 classroom materials on the topics of bioenergy and biofuels, including investigations, stand-alone activities, and units, for grade 6-16 science classrooms.

Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center: Educator Programs
This site has bioenergy educator programs for k-16 educators.

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Workforce Development Resources

The links below are resources for those working in or interested in pursuing a career in the bioenergy industry:

Green Jobs in the U.S. Bioeconomy Fact Sheet

The emerging bioeconomy is improving U.S. energy security, addressing environmental challenges, and boosting U.S. technology leadership—while creating new industries and jobs. Check out the Green Jobs fact sheet to learn more about job opportunities in the bioeconomy. 

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