Clean Energy a Top Priority Among Massachusetts Outstanding Energy & Environment Educators
After a trip to revolutionary Russia in 1919, journalist Lincoln Steffens famously said: “I have been over into the future…and it works”. Boy, was he wrong. Still, he left behind a great quote for me to appropriate. This week, I had a chance to travel over into the future to see the next generation of energy and environment professionals. I’m happy to report that they will definitely work. You can quote me.
The occasion was a packed ceremony at the Massachusetts Statehouse on May 2 to celebrate the winners of the 22nd Annual Energy and Environment (EEA) Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education. These awards, and the small cash prizes for schools that accompany them, are given to Bay State teachers and students for outstanding educational programs.
This year, 27 different elementary, junior high, high school, and non-profit programs from every part of Massachusetts received excellence awards from EEA Secretary Matthew Beaton, Massachusetts Environmental Trust Chair Bob Durand, and Robin Organ, Chairwoman of the Secretary’s Advisory Group on Energy and Environmental Education. See the complete list of awardees here.
As a representative from NECEC, it was a special pleasure to notice how many of the teachers and students were involved in educational projects that touched on clean energy. From sixth-grade classes in Northampton, to high school courses in Oak Bluffs, Sudbury, and Upton, award-winning educators used solar energy and energy efficiency projects to teach science, math and environmental stewardship.
NECEC itself came away with an “Honor Roll” certificate for our work connecting clean energy employers with the state’s educational community as part of our workforce development efforts.
Massachusetts has a strong pipeline of remarkable young people with an interest in clean energy and environmental protection. Congratulations to all the 2016 Awardees, and thanks to the award committee for acknowledging NECEC. We’re honored to be among this year’s outstanding group.
NECEC looks forward to seeing the students aspiring to have careers in clean energy pursue one of the many college programs and internships we track at www.cleanenergyeducation.org.