Student Wins Energy Contest

by Christopher O'Brien

DEEP Energy Winners

l-r: 3rd place winner Rodney Miller of Waterbury, 2nd place winner Rachel Cipriano School of Watertown, and 1st place winner Nathan Botte of Wolcott. Behind them is CT Energy Efficiency Fund Vice Chairman Richard Steeves.

New Britain, CONN. (May 24, 2012)   The Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund, in partnership with The Connecticut Light & Power Company and The United Illuminating Company, announced the winners of its eighth annual eesmarts™ student contest for students in grades K-12.  The contest gave Connecticut students the opportunity to showcase their “energy smarts” about saving energy by answering grade level-specific prompts regarding energy efficient and renewable energy technologies and sustainability through various media forms, including poems, songs, news articles, essays, artwork/posters, and television commercials.

The ceremony was held in the Old Judiciary Room of the Connecticut State Capitol and attracted over 120 students, parents and energy efficiency supporters in celebration of the students’ hard work and efforts to raise awareness of energy efficiency, and clean/renewable energy technologies.  Governor Dannel P. Malloy, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Commissioner Dan Esty, and Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund First Vice-Chairman Richard W. Steeves were on hand to congratulate the winners, and WFSB Channel 3 Meteorologist Mark Dixon served as Master of Ceremonies for the event.


“Energy efficiency is a central focus of the energy agenda being set by Governor Malloy because of the tremendous cost savings it makes possible for homeowners and businesses all across our state,” said DEEP Commissioner Dan Esty.  “The  eesmarts™ statewide initiative for students K-12 plays an important part in building greater awareness of the benefits of energy efficiency and in stimulating the thinking of young people, who, after all, will be the key to developing the energy solutions of the future.”


First prize winners received an iPad and second prize winners received a Kindle.  Third place winners received a season pass for their immediate family to a science museum partner of the Energy Efficiency Fund, which includes the choice of The Connecticut Science Center (Hartford), The Discovery Museum (Bridgeport), and Stepping Stones Museum for Children (Norwalk).  Fourth Place and Honorable Mention winners received Amazon gift cards.

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