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Press Release State Officials Recognize 27 Programs for Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education

2016 US Green Ribbon Schools Awardee Littleton Public Schools Also Recognized
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  • Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

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Boston — At a State House ceremony, Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Matthew Beaton today honored 27 energy and environmental education programs as part of the 22nd Annual Secretary’s Awards for Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education.

“These educators have gone beyond what is required to create programs that actively engage students in environmental and energy issues,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “It is vital we inspire young people to care about the well-being of the environment, and give them the tools necessary to help protect it.”

“The educators recognized today are inspiring the next generation of environmental stewards with hands-on learning programs.” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “These projects teach students how to make a difference in the world and immerse them in important issues like energy, recycling, conservation and wildlife,”

“I am proud to recognize Massachusetts students, teachers and nonprofits who are working to make a positive impact on their communities and our environment,” said EEA Secretary Beaton. “The programs honored today instill in our youth appreciation for our natural world and encourage them to create innovative solutions to our environmental challenges.”

Winners competed for $5,300 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 2016. Schools and organizations that voluntarily incorporate environmental education into public or private school curricula are given priority.

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

Secretary Beaton also recognized the U.S. Department of Education (USED) Green Ribbon Schools awardee from Massachusetts, Littleton Public Schools. 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.

“We congratulate today's excellence in energy and environmental education award winners and thank all those who submitted nominations,” said Education Secretary Jim Peyser. “We also are pleased that Littleton Public Schools were recognition by the U.S. Department of Education for their leadership in working to promote a curriculum which highlights the importance of environmental learning opportunities.”

22nd Annual Secretary's Awards for Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education

ANDOVER: Sanborn Elementary “Food Rescue Initiative and Recycling Program,” Sanborn Zero-Waste Team and the children of Sanborn Elementary, K-5

BOSTON: Northeast Clean Energy Council “Workforce Development Program,” Kevin Doyle

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

DARTMOUTH: Dartmouth High School “Science & Marine Science Program” and “Pop-up Oyster Project,” Margaret Brumsted, Grades 9-12

DEVENS: Francis Parker Charter School “Water and Forest Ecological Investigations,” Judy Gibson, Grades 7&8

HAVERHILL: Dr. Paul Nettle Middle School, “Air Quality Study,” Angela McVey, Grade 7

LINCOLN: Massachusetts Audubon Society “All Person’s Trails Guidelines Project

MANCHESTER: Manchester Essex Regional High School’s “Green Team,” David Alger, “Green Team Project Managers,” Grades 9-12 and Co-Vice President Sarah Reed and Isabella Hickey.

MANSFIELD: Quarters Middle School “Blandings Turtle Headstarting Program,” Jill Sheridan, Mary Chmielecki, Lauren Penta & Michael Ganshirt, Grade 8

MIDDLEBOROUGH: Middleborough High School, “Shed and Garden Project” Futures Program, Grades 9-12

NEW BEDFORD: Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School “ES&T Sustainability Club,” Environmental Science/Technology & EST Students, Grades 9-12

NORTHAMPTON: Lander Grinspoon Academy “Solar Energy Video,” Becky Lederman, Grade 6

NORTHAMPTON: Lander Grinspoon Academy “What’s the problem with trash, and what we can do about it?” Amy Meltzer, Andrea Olkin and the Kindergarten Class

OAK BLUFFS: Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School’s MVironment Club’s “Engineering for Sustainability,” Grades 10-12

OAK BLUFFS: Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School “Building a Usable Cell Phone Powered by Solar Power,” Katharine Roberts and Rose Engler, Grade 10

PEABODY: Captain Samuel Brown School “Brown School Green Strides Project,” Grades K-5

PEABODY: Captain Samuel Brown School “Outdoor Classroom,” Daniel Dyer, Eagle Scout, Troop 88Project, K-5

PITTSFIELD: Herberg Middle School “21st Century Community Learning Center Program,” Meagan Ireland, Suzanne Jester and Karen Losardo, Grades 6 -8

SALEM: Salem Sound Coastwatch “Leading the Way to Healthier Sea & Shore Project,” Grades 9-12

SUDBURY: Lincoln Sudbury High School “Design-Build-Test a Solar Hot Water Heater Project,” Chris Collins, Paul Shultz and Alex Wankowicz, Grades 9-12

UPTON: Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School “From Local to Global: Hands-on Projects in Energy Efficiency,” Grades 9-12

WEST TISBURY: Martha’s Vineyard Public Charter School “Social and Environmental Resiliency Program,” Jonah Maidoff and Louis Hall – Grades 11 and 12

WEYMOUTH: The New England Wildlife Center “Shut off the Lights, and Eat Your Peas Program,” Grades 5-6

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

WILLIAMSBURG: Anne T. Dunphy School, “Korpita’s Kids Green Team,” Johanna Korpita, Grade 2

WINCHESTER: McCall Middle School Greenhouse Club “Gaining through Sustaining at McCall’s Middle School Greenhouse,” Grades 6-8

WOBURN: Woburn Public Schools – All Elementary Schools “Change is Simple – Environmental Education Program,” Grades 3-5


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