For Immediate Release - January 12, 2016

Application Period Opens for 2016 Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education Awards

BOSTON — January 12, 2016 – The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) today announced it is now accepting nominations for its annual Secretary’s Awards for Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education until March 30, 2016.

EEA Secretary Matthew Beaton will present awards this spring to Massachusetts teachers and students involved in school-based programs that promote environmental and energy education.

“I am proud to recognize the teachers and students leading and inspiring their communities as they tackle critical energy and environmental issues,” said EEA Secretary Matthew Beaton. “It is important to engage students early in issues like energy, recycling, conservation and wildlife, and they have so many fresh ideas to offer.”

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 2015, 25 schools and nonprofit organizations from communities across the state were recognized 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 Beaton at the State House later in the spring.

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For questions contact Meg Colclough at 617-626-1110 or meg.colclough@state.ma.us.