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Mount Wachusett CC Hosts Green Schools Conference

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

 

In an effort to encourage sustainable practices at Massachusetts’ schools, the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) hosted the Massachusetts Green Ribbon Schools Conference at Mt. Wachusett Community College in Gardner on Friday. Commissioner Mark Sylvia of the DOER delivered the keynote address, outlining the state’s clean energy agenda and the importance of greener classrooms.

“By participating in this conference, educators sent a clear message that they are committed to educating for the future,” said Sylvia. “The Patrick Administration supports sustainable education in the classroom to prepare our students to lead their generation in reducing energy use, cutting greenhouse gas emissions and exploring other innovative ways to protect our environment and public health.”

Green Ribbon Schools

Conference attendees learned about the comprehensive approach to greening schools being pushed by the Patrick Administration. Schools with representatives in attendance included Hingham High School, Littleton Public Schools, Boston Green Academy, Nashoba Regional High School, Bromfield School in Harvard, Sudbury Public School, Manchester Essex High School, Narragansett Regional Schools, Ipswich Elementary, Walpole Public School District, Leominster Public School District, and the Somerville Public Schools.

The DOER and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education are also seeking applicants for nominations to the federal Green Ribbon Schools recognition program. The program acknowledges schools that have made significant efforts toward reducing environmental impacts and costs.
 

 

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