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.
Boston Latin School Honored for Sustainability, Health, Environmental Education posted on Apr 22
Congratulations to Boston Latin School, recipient of a 2014 U.S. Department of Education (USED) Green Ribbon Schools recognition award. The Green Ribbon Schools program, launched by USED in 2011, honors the highest performing schools for sustainability, health and environmental education in the U.S. This year, …Continue Reading Boston Latin School Honored for Sustainability, Health, Environmental Education
Toward Zero Net Energy posted on Apr 10
In late February I had the opportunity to attend the Toward Zero Net Energy (TZNE) Retrofit Program “Charrette” ‒ a collaborative session in which a group of designers drafts a solution to a design problem ‒ at Holyoke Community College (HCC). The purpose of this charrette …Continue Reading Toward Zero Net Energy
Leadership Matters – Images from 7th Green Schools Summit posted on Apr 7
At the 7th Annual Massachusetts Green Schools Summit, students, teachers, legislators and energy officials came together to embrace leadership roles within their communities. DOER Commissioner Mark 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.”