Barnstable, MA, May 9, 2011 – Several Cape Cod schools that participate in Cape Light Compact’s Energy Education Program have been honored with a 2011 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 27, 2011.

Congratulations to all our award winning schools!  Energy Education Coordinator, Debbie Fitton, states, “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.”

2010-11 NEED Cape Cod Youth Award Winners:

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

MA Elementary Level – Eastham Elementary School, Maggie Brown, adviser

MA Special Category Winner – Harwich Community Learning Center, Sallie Andreola, adviser

MA State Runners-Up – Nauset Regional High School, Valerie Bell, adviser

Cape Cod Academy, Chris Kelly, adviser

Since the fall of 2002, 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 2003-2011


The Cape Light Compact, as administered through Barnstable County, is an inter-municipal regional energy services organization made up of all 21 towns of Barnstable and Dukes counties. The purpose of the Compact is to represent and protect consumer interests in a restructured utility industry. As authorized by each town, the Compact administers the regional energy efficiency program and works with the combined buying power of the region’s over 200,000 electric consumers to negotiate for lower cost electricity, including a green power offering, and other public benefits.  For more information on Cape Light Compact and its energy efficiency programs, please visit or call 1-800-797-6699.

About NEED

The mission of the NEED Project is to promote an energy conscious and educated society by creating effective networks of students, educators, business, government and community leaders to design and deliver objective, multi-sided energy education programs. NEED works with energy companies, agencies and organizations to bring balanced energy programs to the nation’s schools with a focus on strong teacher professional development, timely and balanced curriculum materials, signature program capabilities and turn-key program management.  Please visit for more information.


Debbie Fitton (508) 375-6703