Some food for thought:
“Preparing our children to be good environmental citizens is some of the most important work any of us can do . . . and (can) quite literally sustain our world.” – U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan.
From a voice a little closer to home: “Addressing climate change and its human causes, and adopting a new energy paradigm that places our children and generations after them on a path to a sustainable future — these are among the greatest challenges of our generation.” – Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Rick Sullivan.
Since 1994, long before the Patrick Administration made Massachusetts the first state to put energy and environment under the same roof, annual Secretary’s Awards for Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education (SAGEE) have honored K-12 programs that promote and reinforce energy and environmental education. (Actually, before Governor Patrick, the award name only had one “E,” since energy wasn’t included.) By recognizing teachers and students who inspire their communities by exploring our most challenging environmental and energy issues, the Commonwealth helps its young citizens get off to an early, strong start.
In 2013, Secretary Sullivan recognized schools and nonprofit organizations from 22 communities across the state for their work on energy conservation, alternative fuels, recycling, ocean science, wildlife conservation and more. This year promises another round of inspiring awards – and the innovative projects, programs, clubs, students and teachers they represent. EEA is accepting nominations until March 28, 2014. Apply and you can learn what your peers have done and have your picture taken at the Statehouse award ceremony later this spring with Secretary Sullivan. Go for it.
Fish Need Clean Energy, Too posted on Feb 18
Running a fish farm is an intense operation, one that requires a lot of labor and a large amount of energy. Currently, the McLaughlin Hatchery uses a significant amount of oil to heat its facility. The facility is going to replace its oil furnace with a renewable energy heating system, a new high efficiency wood pellet boiler and pellet storage silo that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by almost 92 percent, save an estimated $11,432 annually, and reduce annual oil use by more than 5,000 gallons.
Wood Pellets are the New Oil for Regional Schools Reducing Fuel Costs posted on Feb 12
Did you know that it is possible to heat buildings in the northeast using wood biomass, a renewable energy fuel? With nearly one-third of total energy costs going toward heating our buildings, it is no wonder that Massachusetts school districts are searching for cheaper and …Continue Reading Wood Pellets are the New Oil for Regional Schools Reducing Fuel Costs
Natural Wildlife Setting Enhanced by New Zero Net Energy Building posted on Feb 6
Constructing a commercial zero net energy building (ZNEB) is no easy task, especially one that is 45,000 square feet and sits in Massachusetts where the winters are cold and summers often hot and humid. This is why over 100 people gathered enthusiastically in December in …Continue Reading Natural Wildlife Setting Enhanced by New Zero Net Energy Building