Green Energy Challenge Contest Winners 2012

Happy 20th Birthday ENERGY STAR T-Shirt Design Contest

Featured: Victoria Waters, CEO of GEF; Dylan Zhou, t-shirt design contest winner; Marcy Reed, President of National Grid Massachusetts

This year’s t-shirt design contest was all about celebrating ENERGY STAR and the important role the program plays in energy efficiency, helping all of us save money and protect the environment.  GEF received more than 500 outstanding t-shirt designs showcasing elementary school students’ energy saving wishes for 2012. Thousands of National Grid employees voted on the topeight designs to choose two winners: one from New England and one from New York. Congratulations to Dylan Zhou, the New England winner, and Eileen Cha from New York!   A special thank you to Dylan, Eileen, and all contest participants for celebrating ENERGY STAR’s 20th birthday in a proactive way! Along with receiving t-shirts with their winning design for their classroom, Dylan and Eileen will both receive a $250 cash prize for their schools.

Energy Spotlight School

Featured: Mary Lyman, Molly Hislop, Director of Programs and Marketing at GEF; Victoria Waters, CEO of GEF; Aziz Rangwala, Eagle Scout and Energy Champion; Kevin Regan, Principal at the Norman E. Day School

The Energy Spotlight School contest asked schools across New England and New York to share their energy conservation programs with GEF to help inspire and promote energy efficiency in schools, homes, and offices across the country. Congratulations to the Norman E. Day Elementary School in Westford, Massachusetts and their energy champion, Aziz Rangwala, for becoming the 2012 Energy Spotlight School! As part of his third Eagle Scout project, Aziz is leading a volunteer energy team comprised of professionals and community members to conduct a school wide audit and implement an educational program on energy conservation. As part of this movement, a number of Day School students have been participating in proactive activities to “Stop the Energy Guzzler!”

Through these efforts, Aziz has a goal “to create an energy conservation and management model for the Westford school system.” He states that “our team will work with National Grid and other local energy experts to initiate a program to make changes to reduce energy consumption at the school.” You can read more about the energy projects in Westford on their website. In light of this impressive call to action, GEF is honored to announce the Norman E. Day Elementary School as the 2012 Energy Spotlight School.

Post by Sarah Kilburne, GEF Programs Assistant

About Green Education Foundation (GEF)

Mission Green Education Foundation (GEF), a non-profit organization, is committed to creating a sustainable future through education. Sustainability Education provides educators with the real-world applied learning models that connect science, technology, and math education with the broader human concerns of environmental, economic, and social systems. GEF provides curriculum and resources to K-12 students and teachers worldwide with the goal of challenging youth to think holistically and critically about global environmental concerns and solutions. Visit to register for free and to gain full access to GEF’s comprehensive library of standards-based lessons and activities.
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