From a press release:
New Britain – June 16, 2014 – Hundreds of students from five Connecticut Technical High School System schools recently participated in the first-ever Connecticut Clean Trades Summit, held at Central Connecticut State University on May 29. The students presented their findings and recommendations from a year-long investigation of their school’s energy usage and sustainability practices as part of the Connecticut Clean Trades Program.
The Connecticut Clean Trades Program is a two-year pilot program for construction trade students at Norwich, Ella T. Grasso (Groton), E.C. Goodwin (New Britain), Platt (Milford) and Henry Abbott (Danbury) Technical High Schools. It provides a hands-on introduction to future careers in the energy industry, and offers students the opportunity to make their schools and communities greener.
The program is funded and supported by Energize Connecticut, in partnership with Connecticut Light & Power, the United Illuminating Company and the Connecticut Technical High School System. The Connecticut Business & Industry Association manages the program, and curriculum support comes from the American Forest and Park Association’s Project Learning Tree, supported by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.
During the 2013-2014 school year, teams of 40-50 students from each school researched how their school used energy, assessed water and environmental quality, and evaluated recycling efforts. Students then proposed energy-saving solutions, which were presented at the Summit.
“The Clean Trades Program is a unique public-private partnership that gives students the opportunity to explore energy-related careers through the work they perform at their school and in their community, as well as through job shadowing, company visits, career expos, and internships,” said Dr. Nivea Torres, Superintendent, Connecticut Technical High School System. “Over the last several years, there has been tremendous job growth in this sector. Our main goal with the program is to help students learn the necessary skills to qualify for these jobs, which will help in the push for a clean, energy efficient future for both our state and country as a whole.”
A panel of energy experts from Connecticut Light & Power, the United Illuminating Company, Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority, Coca-Cola, and the University of New Haven judged each presentation at the Summit and ranked the proposed solutions. Following the award presentation, students attended a career fair featuring more than 20 companies in the energy and green technology fields.
Each participating school will receive a “Scholastic Bright Idea Grant” ranging from $2,500 to $5,000 for students to implement their energy-saving proposals during the 2014-2015 school year.