For Immediate Release - May 13, 2013

Patrick-Murray Administration Recognizes 22 Programs for Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education

EEA Secretary Sullivan also recognizes the four 2013 US Green Ribbon Schools awardees: the Berkshire School, Manchester Essex Regional Middle High School, Quincy High School, and the Acton Public Schools and Acton-Boxborough Regional School District.

BOSTON – Monday, May 13, 2013 – Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Rick Sullivan today honored 22 energy and environmental education programs at the 19th Annual Secretary's Awards for Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education.  

During a State House ceremony, Secretary Sullivan recognized 21 schools from 18 communities across Massachusetts. The awards credited programs in the categories of energy conservation, environmental protection and recycling. 

“It gives me great pleasure to recognize the students and teachers who work to raise awareness about energy and environmental issues that not only affect the Commonwealth, but the whole world,” Secretary Sullivan said. “Their dedication goes far beyond the classroom and provides inspiration for future generations.” 

Winners were awarded $100 to $400 prizes. Paid for by the Massachusetts Environmental Trust, the awards are intended to fund further environmental education initiatives at the schools.

EEA solicited Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education Award nominations in early 2013. Schools and organizations that voluntarily incorporate environmental education into public or private school curricula are eligible. 

The Secretary's Advisory Group on Energy and Environmental Education, comprised of environmental educators from state agencies, non-profits, industry and academia, scored the project applications. 

Secretary Sullivan also recognized U.S. Department of Education (USED) Green Ribbon Schools from Massachusetts. The award honors schools that are exemplary in reducing environmental impact and costs; improving the health and wellness of students and staff; and providing effective environmental and sustainability education, which incorporates STEM, civic skills, and green career pathways. 

USED announced that 64 schools and 14 districts across the nation were the second annual Green Ribbon Schools award honorees. The three Massachusetts schools and one district nominated by the state’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, and named as 2013 Green Ribbon Schools are the Berkshire School in Sheffield, Manchester Essex Regional Middle High School, Quincy High School, and the Acton Public Schools and Acton-Boxborough Regional School District. 

19th Annual Secretary's Awards for Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education 

BOSTON: Boston Green Academy, “”Do the Green Thing,” Grades 9-12, Teachers Matt Johnson and the BGA Community 

BOSTON: Boston Latin Academy, “Recycling Club,” Grades 7-12, Students and Faculty Advisers 

BOSTON: Nathan Hale Elementary School, “Environmental Explorers Club,” Grades 4-5 

BRIGHTON: Gardner Elementary Pilot School, “Kids Green Their School – Energy Conservation,” Grades K-5 

BOURNE: Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School “Environmental Science and Technology Lab,” Grades 9-12, 

BROCKTON: Brockton High School, “Environmental Earth Science and Ecology Program” Grade Levels 9 and 12, Teacher Eleri Merrikin 

CHICOPEE: Holyoke Catholic High School Science Department’s “Community Connections through S.T.E.M.” High School Science, Teacher Lise LeTellier 

HARWICH: Cape Cod Regional Technical High School, “Green Bean Environmental Science,” Grades 11-12, Teacher Lynn Fleischer 

HARWICH: Harwich Middle School of the Monomy Regional Schools, “Harwich Cares: Reduce, Recycle, Reuse, Rethink,” Grades 5-8, Harwich Middle School teachers and students 

HARWICH: Principal of Harwich Middle School Leonard H. Phelan III, “Champion of Energy Conservation and Recycling at Cape Cod Schools” including Harwich Middle Schools and Cape Cod Regional Technical High School 

LENOX: Morris Elementary School, “Iron Ore and Orioles”, Grade 4, Teacher Julie Nelson 

LEOMINSTER: Fall Brook School, “Fall Brook Tree Farm for Charity,” Grade 5, Teachers Lynn Fiandaca, Andrea Bruno and Lorna Moody 

MANCHESTER/ESSEX: Manchester-Essex Regional Middle High School, “Green Team,” Grades 8-12 

MASHPEE: Mashpee High School, “Plastic Bottle Greenhouse,” Grades 9-12, Teacher Lisa M. Holmes 

NEW BEDFORD: Greater New Bedford Voc-Tech High School, Environmental Science and Technology Students “ES&T Green Area,” Grades 9-12 

NORTHBOROUGH: Central Massachusetts Mosquito Control Project, “CMMCP Education Programs” 

PEABODY: Captain Samuel Brown School, “Environmental Awareness, Good Health, and Actions for Sustainability,” Grades K-5, Teachers Diane Bugler, Joanne Campbell and Suzanne Manfredonia 

PRINCETON: Thomas Prince School, “Community Arts Festival – Recycling Theme,” Grades K-8, Art Teacher Anita Cook 

SHREWSBURY: Floral Street Elementary School, “Floral Goes Green and Nature Trail,” Grades 1-4, Teacher Kara Frankian 

SPRINGFIELD: Springfield Renaissance School, “Greenprint,” Grade 9, Teacher Vanessa Cramer

WILBRAHAM: Minnechaug Regional High School, “Green Team,” Grades 9-12 

WILLIAMSBURG: Williamsburg School, “Korpita’s Kids Second Grade Green Team,” Grade 2, Teacher Johanna Korpita