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“Leadership matters.” DOER Commissioner Sylvia urged students and teachers at the 7th Annual Massachusetts Green Schools Summit to embrace leadership roles within their communities. Massachusetts is a national leader in growing the clean energy sector and protecting the environment under the Patrick administration. Commissioner Sylvia emphasized that clean energy and climate literacy among the current generation of students will be crucial for Massachusetts in the future. “Set the tone, lead the way in the classroom, at home, in the community and for our future.”

4/2/14 Boston, MA - From left: Green Schools Student Co-Presidents Leigh Hamlet (MURSD) and Ben Levine (Mansfield High), Massachusetts Senator Jamie Eldridge, EPA Regional Administrator Curt Spalding, Massachusetts Representative F. Jay Barrows, Green Schools Executive Director Robin Organ and Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Mark Sylvia pose for a picture at the 7th Annual Massachusetts Green Schools Summit at Boston EPA headquarters. DOER Commissioner Sylvia gave the keynote address at the event, emphasizing the importance of leadership in clean energy and climate change action.

4/2/14 Boston, MA – From left: Green Schools Student Co-Presidents Leigh Hamlet (MURSD) and Ben Levine (Mansfield High), Massachusetts Senator Jamie Eldridge, EPA Regional Administrator Curt Spalding, Massachusetts Representative F. Jay Barrows, Green Schools Executive Director Robin Organ and Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Mark Sylvia pose for a picture at the 7th Annual Massachusetts Green Schools Summit at Boston EPA headquarters. DOER Commissioner Sylvia gave the keynote address at the event, emphasizing the importance of leadership in clean energy and climate change action.

4/2/14 Boston, MA - Students, teachers and legislators come together for the 7th Annual Massachusetts Green Schools Summit organized by Green Schools, a multiple award-winning nonprofit for environmental education, STEM education and environmental literacy purposes. DOER Commissioner Sylvia gave the keynote address. DOER Green Communities Deputy Director Lisa Capone spoke about obtaining Green Ribbon Schools recognition as an incentive on the "Environmental Education as Solution" panel at the summit.

4/2/14 Boston, MA – Students, teachers and legislators come together for the 7th Annual Massachusetts Green Schools Summit organized by Green Schools, a multiple award-winning nonprofit for environmental education, STEM education and environmental literacy purposes. DOER Commissioner Sylvia gave the keynote address. DOER Green Communities Deputy Director Lisa Capone spoke about obtaining Green Ribbon Schools recognition as an incentive on the “Environmental Education as Solution” panel at the summit.

4/2/14 Boston, MA - Massachusetts Representative F. Jay Barrows spoke at the 7th Annual Massachusetts Green Schools Summit as a

4/2/14 Boston, MA – Massachusetts Representative F. Jay Barrows spoke at the 7th Annual Massachusetts Green Schools Summit as a “Republican who cares about the environment,” said Green Schools student co-president Leigh Hamlet in her introduction. Rep. Barrows reminded students, teachers and legislators in the audience that reducing, reusing and recycling activities are not new. “We’ve done it and we need to get back to doing it again,” said Barrows.

4/2/14 Boston, MA - DOER Commissioner Mark Sylvia addresses students, teachers and legislators at the 7th Massachusetts Green Schools Summit. "Our success in protecting the environment and promoting clean energy depends in large part on all of you, our future leaders, our educators and our mentors," Sylvia said. "In this room are the future engineers, scientists, teachers, energy auditors, solar installers or maybe even energy commissioners who will ensure our world will continue to be a sustainable one." Sylvia emphasized the importance of leadership in clean energy and climate change action, citing the numerous achievements in Massachusetts as a result of the Patrick administration's leadership.

4/2/14 Boston, MA – DOER Commissioner Mark Sylvia addresses students, teachers and legislators at the 7th Massachusetts Green Schools Summit. “Our success in protecting the environment and promoting clean energy depends in large part on all of you, our future leaders, our educators and our mentors,” Sylvia said. “In this room are the future engineers, scientists, teachers, energy auditors, solar installers or maybe even energy commissioners who will ensure our world will continue to be a sustainable one.” Sylvia emphasized the importance of leadership in clean energy and climate change action, citing the numerous achievements in Massachusetts as a result of the Patrick administration’s leadership.

4/2/14 Boston, MA - The audience at the 7th Massachusetts Green Schools Summit responds to DOER Commissioner Mark Sylvia's question during his keynote address: "Just curious, how many of you currently live in a Green Community?" Green Communities is a DOER designation for cities and towns across Massachusetts that are committed to meetingfive specific criteria, including a 20 percent reduction in energy use over five years. Nearly half of the Commonwealth's population now live in a Green Community. Sylvia pointed out that other states like Colorado, Maryland, New York, Rhode Island, West Virginia and Wisconsin are implementing initiatives based on DOER's Green Communities designation program to address their own clean energy and climate goals. The advance of these municipal initiatives highlight Massachusetts' strong leadership role in the country for clean energy adoption and climate change action.

4/2/14 Boston, MA – The audience at the 7th Massachusetts Green Schools Summit responds to DOER Commissioner Mark Sylvia’s question during his keynote address: “Just curious, how many of you currently live in a Green Community?” Green Communities is a DOER designation for cities and towns across Massachusetts that are committed to meeting five specific criteria, including a 20 percent reduction in energy use over five years. Nearly half of the Commonwealth’s population now live in a Green Community. Sylvia pointed out that other states like Colorado, Maryland, New York, Rhode Island, West Virginia and Wisconsin are implementing initiatives based on DOER’s Green Communities designation program to address their own clean energy and climate goals. The advance of these municipal initiatives highlight Massachusetts’ strong leadership role in the country for clean energy adoption and climate change action.

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XiaoZhi Lim prefers to be addressed as X, if you are intimidated by her Singaporean Chinese first name. She is an intern this winter and spring with DOER's Marketing & Stakeholder Engagement group. A former chemist, XiaoZhi is a recent graduate of the Boston University Science Journalism Graduate Program. She enjoys producing multimedia content and stories about energy, environment and electrons.

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