For Immediate Release - January 11, 2012

Applications Being Accepted for 201 Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education Awards Until March 22

BOSTON — Wednesday, January 11, 2012 – The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) announced today it is accepting nominations for its annual Secretary’s Awards for Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education until Thursday, March 29, 2012. EEA Secretary Richard K. Sullivan Jr. will present awards this spring to Massachusetts teachers and students involved in school-based programs that promote environment and energy education.

“Through this program, we honor teachers and students who explore our most challenging environmental and energy issues. Their ideas inspire schools and communities to take action and become a part of the solutions,” said Secretary Sullivan. “I look forward to hearing from the students and teachers who are working hard each day to learn about adopting clean energy sources, protecting wildlife, recycling, conserving natural resources, and much more.”

All public and private Massachusetts schools (K-12) that offer energy and environmental education programs are eligible to apply for the Secretary’s Award. In 2011, Secretary Sullivan recognized schools and nonprofit organizations from 19 communities across the state for their work on issues including recycling, energy conservation, ocean science, wildlife conservation and alternative fuels.

The Secretary’s Advisory Group on Energy and Environmental Education will review applications through mid-April. Qualified entrants are invited to attend a formal award ceremony with Secretary Sullivan at the State House later in the spring.

Click here to apply online or contact Meg Colclough at 617-626-1110 or meg.colclough@state.ma.us.

Click here to review the previous winners of the Secretary’s Awards for Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education.

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