News Release: University of Denver High School Teacher Recognized for Commitment to Renewable Energy

Nov. 28, 2006 | By Sarah Barba | Contact media relations

Don Cameron, physics and astronomy teacher at the University of Denver High School (DUHS), walks the talk when it comes to sustainability. He has taught units on hydrogen, wind and solar power and has tried to make biodiesel in his chemistry class. He’s known for writing letters to local decision makers in support of renewable energy and for organizing in-service programs about renewable energy for DUHS teachers.

Cameron also has taken his support of renewable energy home, where he has installed a light colored metal roof for lower heat gain, a 3.2 kilowatt solar electricity system and low-e windows that help keep heat in during the winter and out during the summer.

“There is a saying of ‘leave no trace’ when you are hiking,” Cameron said. “Some humans have not done that in the outdoors world and I’m trying to do that in my life.”   

Cameron earned this year’s Renewable Energy Teacher Award from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL) for his education initiatives highlighting renewable energy and for being an advocate of sustainability in the community.  The award recognizes high school teachers who demonstrate exemplary science teaching in renewable energy and energy efficiency.

“I think we’re at a point where if we don’t change the way we use energy and the way we interact with our environment, we won’t have any energy or an environment to interact with,” Cameron said.   

Cameron joined DUHS after receiving his teaching certificate from the University of Colorado at Denver five years ago. He previously worked as a semiconductor engineer for IBM, a senior application engineer for Lockheed Martin and a software consultant for Lucent Technologies.

“Don's personal and professional actions prove that he walks the walk and talks the talk of sustainability,” said NREL Education Programs Director Cynthia Howell.

“He participates in professional renewable energy organizations, while in his classroom he enthusiastically passes knowledge on to the next generation of scientists and engineers.  He is truly deserving of this award".

The award was presented at the Colorado Science Teachers Convention Dinner on Nov. 16.

NREL’s Education Programs develops and implements energy science programs that engage the young minds of future leaders, scientists and engineers, cultivates partnerships with schools and community organizations and offers opportunities to teachers that revitalize their research interests and skills while giving them additional classroom science applications and technical content.

NREL is the U.S. Department of Energy's primary national laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development. NREL is operated for DOE by Midwest Research Institute and Battelle.