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ConocoPhillips and the NEED Project Collaborate for the Fourth Year to Improve Energy Education in U.S. Schools


Houston, Texas, --- ConocoPhillips [NYSE: COP] and the National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project will host 26 energy education workshops for K-12 educators during 2011. The workshops provide America’s teachers with classroom materials emphasizing all forms of energy, energy efficiency and conservation in order to improve and expand their students’ energy knowledge.

ConocoPhillips’ sponsorship of NEED began in 2008. Over the past three years, ConocoPhillips and NEED have provided training and resources to approximately 3,000 teachers, who in turn have reached more than 290,000 students with the education materials.

This year, more than 1,000 educators are expected to participate in the one-day workshops in order to gain knowledge and resources to teach about energy in their classrooms. Each workshop participant receives state-correlated curriculum guides and hands-on experiments that spark innovative thinking and encourage a creative dialogue about today’s energy challenges.

“The NEED Project is honored to have ConocoPhillips as a partner in energy education. An understanding of energy is fundamental to making important energy decisions today and in the future,” said Mary Spruill, executive director of the NEED Project. “ConocoPhillips’ commitment to improving the teaching and learning of energy – in all its forms – energizes the classroom and engages students in explorations that may spark their interest in future energy careers.”

Surveys show that more than 90 percent of the workshop participants rate the ConocoPhillips-NEED workshops as one of the best training sessions they have ever attended. Nationwide, more than 96 percent of participants indicate that they will use the NEED materials in their classrooms.

In 2011, workshops will be held in 26 cities, including:

Anchorage, Alaska New Orleans, La.
Annapolis, Md. Newark, N.J.
Arlington, Va. Oklahoma City, Okla.
Billings, Mont. Oshkosh, Wis.
Boise, Idaho Portland, Ore.
Boulder, Colo. Salt Lake City, Utah
Contra Costa, Calif. Seattle, Wash.
Dickinson, N.D. St. Louis, Mo.
Fairbanks, Alaska Tulsa, Okla.
Fort Worth, Texas Victoria, Texas
Houston, Texas Wilmington, Calif.
Lake Charles, La. Wilmington, Del.
Midland, Texas Window Rock, Ariz.

About ConocoPhillips
ConocoPhillips is an integrated energy company with interests around the world. Headquartered in Houston, the company had approximately 29,700 employees, $156 billion of assets, and $189 billion of revenues as of December 31, 2010. For more information, go to

About the NEED Project
The mission of the NEED Project is to promote an energy conscious and educated society by creating effective networks of students, educators, business, government and community leaders to design and deliver objective, multi-sided energy education programs. For more information, visit


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