For Immediate Release - May 06, 2014

Patrick Administration Recognizes 27 Programs for Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education

EEA Secretary Sullivan also recognizes the 2014 US Green Ribbon Schools awardee Boston Latin School

BOSTON – Tuesday, May 6, 2014 – Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Rick Sullivan today honored 27 energy and environmental education programs at the 20th Annual Secretary's Awards for Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education. During a State House ceremony, Secretary Sullivan recognized 22 schools and 5 nonprofits across Massachusetts.

“We are proud to recognize the students, teachers and nonprofits raising awareness about energy and environmental issues affecting Massachusetts and the planet,” said Secretary Sullivan. “The ideas, research and knowledge being recognized today show the forward-thinking of our youth and how ready they are for the challenges ahead.”

Winners competed for $5,000 in awards, funded by the Massachusetts Environmental Trust with the intention to fund further environmental education initiatives at the schools. EEA solicited Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education Award nominations in early 2014. 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 48 schools and nine districts across the nation were the second annual Green Ribbon Schools award honorees. The Massachusetts school nominated by the state’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, and named as 2014 Green Ribbon Schools was the Boston Latin School.

20th Annual Secretary's Awards for Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education

ACTON:Young Einstein’s Science Club, LLC (parent non-profit group) Nominees:  Tejas Subramanian, Siddharth Salunkhe, Abhinav Kurada “Fuel Economists Project” Grade 10
ANDOVER:Andover High School “Food Awareness Campaign and Project Green Ball Partnership” Erica Mazzarelli and Grade 11 students
BARNSTABLE:Cape Cod Cooperative Extension/AmeriCorps Cape Cod, “Cape Cod WET Festivals) 
BELMONT:Roger Wellington Elementary School “Environmental & Energy Efficiency Initiatives” Pre-school -4
BEVERLY:Change is Simple, Inc, Patrick and Lauren Belmonte “Plover Program”, Grades 3-5
BOURNE:Upper Cape Cod Technical School “Environmental Science and Technology Program” Grades 11-12,
CHARLESTOWN:MWRA School Program/Meg Tabacsko Grades K-12
CHELMSFORD:Chelmsford High School’s “Crooked Spring Water Quality Project” Grade 12, Teacher Brian Acheson
DIGHTON:Bristol County Agricultural High School’s “Natural Resource Management Program” Grades 9-l2
DRACUT:Brookside Elementary School, “The Potato Project” Grades 2-3, Teacher Denise Porcello
FALL RIVER:Bristol Community College, Seeds of Sustainability Student Club, “Sustainability Agriculture Program”
FALMOUTH:Falmouth High School, Connor R. Moulton, “Building an Electric Car”, Grade 12
LEXINGTON:Minuteman High School’s Environmental Technology Program “Coast Sweep Service-Learning Project” Grades 10 and 12 , Teacher  Tony Wilbur
MANCHESTER:Manchester Essex Regional High School “Green Team” Grades 6-12
NEW BEDFORD:Greater New Bedford Voc-Tech, Environmental Science & Technology Students, “Sustainable Local Agriculture Project” Grades 9-12
NEWBURYPORT:Newburyport High School “Environmental Club”, Grades 9-12
NORTH ATTLEBORO:North Attleboro High School “Investigating and Protecting Our Water and Woods”, Grades 9-12, Teacher Donna Cochrane
PEABODY:Captain Samuel Brown School, “Brown School Green Strides”, Grades K-5
PRINCETON:Thomas Prince School/Princeton PTA “Green Team Program”, K-8
WELLESLEY:Wellesley High School/Wellesley School System and Jessica, Sara, Sue and Phyllis of Wellesley Green Schools “ A collaboration of teachers and PTO’s, “NoNo o Idling Campaign”, Grades K-12
WELLESLEY:John D. Hardy School , “Green Team”  and their leader Ainsley Martin , Grades K-5
WEYMOUTH:Weymouth High School Robotics Club/Brian Foley, STEM Initiatives-STEM Fair, Grade 10
WILBRAHAM:Minnechaug Regional High School “Eco Club”, Grades 9-12
WHITMAN:Whitman-Hanson Regional High School “Student Environmental Awareness Club and SEAC Advisor Laurie Bianchi” Grades 9-12
WILLIAMSBURG:Williamsburg Elementary School “Korpita’s Kids Green Team”,  Grade 2 students and Teacher Johanna Korpita
WINTHROP:Gorman/Ft Banks School’s first and second graders “Winthrop by the Sea: A Marine Mural”
WORCESTER:Worcester Technical High School “Environmental Science & Technology Program” Grades 9-12 Instructors Russell Anderson &  Dr. Dhimitri Skende

The Patrick Administration’s aggressive clean energy initiatives have made Massachusetts a leader in energy efficiency, renewable energy and emissions reductions. The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has named Massachusetts number one for three years running. Governor Patrick set a new solar goal after reaching the previous goal of 250 megawatts four years early. The Commonwealth now aims to install 1,600 megawatts of solar capacity by 2020. The clean energy revolution is yielding economic benefits as well, with 11.8 percent job growth in the last year and 24 percent growth in the last two years; nearly 80,000 people are employed in the clean tech industry in Massachusetts. Earlier this year, Governor Patrick announced a coordinated plan for climate preparedness to increase resiliency across the Commonwealth, as well launching one of the nation’s first state-funded urban agriculture programs.

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