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Local Schools Win National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project 2012 Youth Awards for Energy Education Achievement

May, 2012 – Several Cape Cod schools that participate in Cape Light Compact’s Energy Education Program have been honored with a 2012 Youth Award for Energy Achievement 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, this year’s panel chose winning projects from more than 60 entries that had previously been judged Best In State by the state Department of Energy Resources.  Winners will be honored at the NEED National Recognition Ceremony in Washington, DC on Monday, June 25, 2012.

Congratulations to all our award winning schools!  It has been a pleasure to 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.

2012 NEED Youth Award Winners:

National and State Special Category Project of the Year – Harwich Community Learning Center, Sally Andreola, adviser

 National Senior Finalist – Boston Latin, Cate Arnold, advisor

State and National  Senior Rookie of the Year – Acton-Boxborough Regional High School, Kate Crosby, advisor

MA State Senior Finalist – Sandwich High School, Gil Newton, advisor

State Junior Level School of the Year – Bourne Middle School, Cindy McCann, adviser

National and State Elementary Level – Eastham Elementary School, Maggie Brown, adviser

State and National Elementary Rookie of the Year – Forestdale School, Laura Gregorio-Tanguilig, adviser

Cape Light Compact Special Recognition – Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical High School, Chuck Lawrence, adviser


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

  • Supports both in-school and after school educational energy clubs
  • Supports Massachusetts State Education Standards for Science and Technology
  • Dedicated local teachers serve on Cape Light Compact’s Teacher Advisory Board to guide program goals, content and delivery
  • Award-winning program every year from 2004-2012

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

Deborah Shiflett- Fitton,  Energy Education Programs Coordinator
(508) 375-6703

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