Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 12:30pm

Brad Harrison and Collette Cass standing back to backLast month, Brad Harrison of La Follette High School and Collette Cass of Sandburg Elementary attended the Bioenergy Institute for Educators, a teacher workshop hosted by the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center at UW-Madison’s Wisconsin Energy Institute.

Held from June 26-30th, the Bioenergy Institute for Educators is a three-day program offering interested teachers the opportunity to learn about the latest developments in energy research and to discover practical tools and materials for teaching students the fundamentals of energy and sustainable energy systems. During the institute, Harrison and Cass toured UW–Madison labs and field sites dedicated to developing cellulosic biofuels – biofuels derived from non-food crops such as switchgrass – and worked with eighteen other participating teachers to develop new classroom projects on key bioenergy concepts.

The Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center is one of three Bioenergy Research Centers created by the U.S. Department of Energy to promote transformational breakthroughs and build the foundation of new cellulosic biofuels technology. The Wisconsin Energy Institute is the center’s primary home. 


Brad Harrison,; Collette Cass,

Krista Eastman (Wisconsin Energy Institute),, 608-890-2168.

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