Summer Academy

Discover Applied Alternative/Renewable Energies: The 2007 Summer Environmental Academy will be held July 16-20, 2007 at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces.

What is the WERC Academy?

An experience in scientific environmental discovery, designed to provide student and teacher opportunities to conduct educational investigations. Teams will participate with scientific mentors in a variety of activities to increase environmental awareness through hands-on research.

Who Attends?

Teacher-student teams will participate in an 8am to 5pm day-camp format with mentors from WERC, industry and government agencies in field trips, lab activities and guided studies addressing applied alternative and renewable energies such as Water Resources, Wind Power, Bio-Fuels and Solar Energy.

Solar-Powered Parking Structure on NMSU Campus

Renewable Energy is energy from a source that can be maintained in a constant supply over time. Five main renewable energy sources exist: water, sun, wind, biomass, and energy from within the earth. Since the beginning of time, renewable resources have provided warmth, movement, light; in short energy for life. From early sailing ships to high production wind farms; from ancient civilizations to future generations, solar, wind, water, and biomass have been primary sources of meeting our everyday needs. With a growing shortage of fossil-fuel based energy and advancements in technology, the integration of renewable energy poses real opportunities and real challenges for today and for our future. Much more at

Why Participate?

Teachers develop environmental teaching skills and network with state and national scientific professionals. High School Students experience involvement in real world issues and gain opportunities to formulate their college and future career path.

What is Provided?

The Academy will provide lunches and refreshments, activity travel and materials for all student and teacher participants. Teachers will receive instructional materials upon completion of the academy.

Program Registration Fees

  • $100: Teacher single registration
  • $050: Student single registration
  • $100: Teacher/student team

Program Scholarships

El Paso Electric is supporting up to 30 scholarships for eligible participants residing in the Paso del Norte service region of New Mexico. This support will cover full registration fees for the Academy. Your application and pre-paid registration fees are required to hold your spot. Scholarship recipients will be notified of their selection immediately after the registration deadline and scholarships will be awarded upon successful completion of the program.

Deadline for registration and fees is June 1, 2007.

Registration fees are refundable for cancellations made in writing prior to June 29, 2007. No refunds will be given after this date. In the case of program cancellation, all fees will be returned to individuals and schools.

Academy History

The WERC Summer Academy has a highly successful 16-year history. Some recent programs include:

  • The Historical/Cultural Environment, Taos, NM.
  • Water Quality in the Rio Ruidoso Watershed, Ruidoso, NM.
  • Watershed Sustainability Study in the Gila National Forest, Silver City, NM.
  • Cerro Grande Fire Rehabilitation Project (CGRP), Los Alamos, NM.
  • Long-Term Environmental Stewardship of the Nuclear Waste Legacy with Sandia National Laboratory, Albuquerque, NM.

For more information contact

Barbara C. Valdez, Program Coordinator

Bryan Swain, Program Specialist