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Local Schools Win National and State Energy Education Development Project 2014 Awards For Energy Education Achievement

June, 2014 – Several schools in our Cape Light Compact service area have been recognized by the NEED Project for their outstanding energy projects and community outreach efforts.

On a yearly basis, NEED conducts a search to identify the most outstanding energy projects developed through school-based energy education programs. Participating schools from across the country send their energy projects to NEED for review by a national awards review panel composed of leaders from the energy and government sectors.  In April of this year, the panel chose winning projects from more than 65 entries that had previously been judged Best in State by the MA State Department of Energy Resources.  Winners will be honored at the state’s annual NEED recognition ceremony at the MA State House in Boston on June 20, 2014 and the NEED National Recognition Ceremony in Washington D.C. on Monday, June 23, 2014.

Congratulations to all our award winning schools!  It has been a pleasure to work with and lend support to these talented and thoughtful individuals over the course of this past school year and it is encouraging to watch these hard-working groups of teachers and students successfully educate their communities about the importance of energy conservation and awareness of renewable energy resources.

2014 MA NEED Youth Award Winners:

  • Douglas Elementary School, Acton: Primary Level State and National Rookie of the Year
  • Eastham Elementary School: Elementary Level State School of the Year
  • Conant Elementary, Acton: Elementary Level State Rookie of the Year
  • Harwich Cares, Harwich Middle School: Junior Level State School of the Year and National Junior Level Finalist
  • SPIT and SPARKS, Forestdale School: Junior Level State Finalist
  • Gates School, Acton: Junior Level State and National Rookie of the Year
  • Acton/Boxborough Regional High School: Senior Level State School of the Year
  • Sandwich High School, Nicolas Blackmon: Senior Level State Runner-up
  • Boston Latin: Senior Level State Finalist
  • Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School: Senior Level State Rookie of the Year

Cape Light Compact’s Energy Education Outreach Program

Since the fall of 2003, the Compact in partnership with the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension and the National Energy Education Development Project (NEED) has offered education services to all Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard schools.  We have supported teachers and students with information, materials, teacher training, and classroom and after-school club support and we strive to continue our mission to promote an energy conscious and educated society.

Our program

  • Supports both in-school and after school energy clubs
  • Supports State and National Education Standards for Science and Technology and promotes the STEM initiative
  • Has a dedicated Teacher Advisory Board of local educators from both the public and private sectors to guide program goals, content and delivery
  • Has delivered and encouraged award-winning programs every year from 2004-present through the NEED Project.


For more information on Cape Light Compact’s Energy Education Program, please contact:

Deborah Shiflett-Fitton, Energy Education Outreach Programs Coordinator

508 375-6703


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