“We are pleased to congratulate Conard High School and the many students and faculty who worked so diligently on their video project for their recognition as the People’s Choice winner. At CL&P, we believe that the lifelong changes needed to conserve energy and protect the environment begin with encouraging our youth,” said Jeff Butler, CL&P president and chief operating officer, in a company press release. “We not only want to reward students for what they already do to manage energy and protect the environment, but we want students, together with their schools, to make a real commitment to making effective and lasting changes for the future.”
Vying for a $20,000 grant, Conard High School will be automatically placed in the finals.They will be judged this month by a distinguished panel of Connecticut educators and environmental leaders. Among the judges on the panel will be Dr. Elsa Nunez, President of Eastern Connecticut State University; Dennis Carrithers, Assistant Executive Director for High School Programs for the Connecticut Association of Schools; and Heather Burns-DeMelo, who is the Founder of this site and runs the Connecticut Alliance for Sustainable Enterprise, a leading environmental organization in Connecticut.
Within CL&P’s service area, which covers 1.2 million customers in 149 towns and cities across the state, all high schools were eligible to compete with the supervision of a school administrator or faculty advisor. Illustrating ways to conserve energy and make their school more environmentally friendly, students produced a two-minute video and a 1,000 word essay on how their school would use the grant money.
The video showed a group of students working together to turn off lights and unused computer terminals as well as practice good recycling habits. They hope to use the grant money to purchase more solar panels.
For more information or to view student submissions, click here to visit CL&P’s contest site.