Summer Institute 2022


Jumping from Joy to Action: Empowering energy and climate changemakers through play, hope, and wonder.

The 2022 VEEP/NHEEP Summer Institute encourages teachers to use play, wonder, and hope as catalysts for inspiring students to make change, and to find joy in taking action.  We will model empowering, interdisciplinary, student-driven instructional practices to connect students to energy and climate topics and to help them find meaningful and authentic ways to be part of evidence-based solutions in their communities.  

Participants will: 

  • Identify curricular pathways and work on standards-aligned unit plans that lead from joyful, hopeful and/or wondrous phenomena/engineering challenges to meaningful energy or climate action

  • Experience hands-on, minds-on lessons from the student perspective, and engage in play each day.

  • Access opportunities for further collaboration with VEEP/NHEEP for student workshops, PD, curriculum development, action projects, and more

  • Become part of our cohort of teachers dedicated both to serving students and moving towards sustainability in our communities, economy and environment


Summer Institute is open to all educators. This year’s program will take place during the week of August 15th. We will begin the week with two virtual days of both synchronous and asynchronous pieces. We will then transition to a 3-day in-person program at Lake Morey Resort.

Dates and times

  • Deadline for Registration is August 1st
  • August 15th - August 19th
  • Monday, Tuesday - Virtual Program 9-11 am, some asynchronous work each day
  • Wednesday, Thursday, Friday - In-person Program at Lake Morey Resort, all day

Credit and cost

  • Course fee (includes instruction, materials, PD hours, lodging & meals) = $1000
  • Course fee (without lodging) = $850
  • Optional: 3 graduate credits from Castleton University = $600
  • Optional: Upgrade to private room = $375*
    • *If you have a private room, it is possible for family or guests to stay with you. You will need to make arrangements with Lake Morey Resort for additional fees for your guests: approximately $15 per adult or $10 per child per day, for lodging and breakfast.

We hope to make Summer Institute accessible to all educators interested in participating in the program. Please contact us at if you have any questions about the program cost.