Winners Announced for 2002 'Earth Apple Awards' for K-12 Schools

Release Date: Tuesday, September 17, 2002

Judging by the outstanding entries for the Alliance to Save Energy's Earth Apple Awards, students in Green Schools around the country aren't waiting until they graduate to start saving energy and making the world a better place. Ten winning schools in California, Pennsylvania, New York, and Florida took top prizes in the 2002 competition that honors exemplary school programs that teach about energy efficiency and reduce schools' energy bills. Earth Apple sponsor ABB will present the award on October 3 to the grand prize winner, Eisenhower High School, Rialto, CA, at the Smart Design Forum 3 at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C.

The Earth Apple Awards acknowledge the accomplishments of K-12 schools that involve students in educational projects that save energy in school buildings. Winning entries must score highly in each of three areas: energy efficiency instruction; energy-saving operations and behavior; and school-wide involvement in energy-saving activities.

A panel of independent judges selected Penn Treaty Middle School in Philadelphia, PA, and Clarence Middle School in Clarence, NY, as the frontrunners in the middle school category. Spruance Elementary in Philadelphia was first place winner for elementary schools.

Students at Eisenhower High School analyzed their school's performance applying an EPA Energy Star rating test. They then shared what they had learned with younger students, parents, and community organizations. At Penn Treaty, students surveyed staff appliance use and analyzed the cost-effectiveness of EnergyStar appliances. Clarence students investigated energy waste in their buildings, while students at Spruance enjoyed a Solar Tea Party, with solar baked apples.

Earth Apple judges also recognized the following schools as top award winners: Iroquois High School, Elma, NY; Pinole Valley High School, Pinole, CA; Belleview Middle School, Belleview, FL; Sulzberger Middle School, Frankford High School, and Shawmont School, all in Philadelphia, PA.

ABB, sponsor of the 2002 Earth Apple Awards, is a global leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in more than 100 countries and employs about 150,000 people. The company's U.S. operations employ more than 14,000 people in manufacturing and other facilities in 40 states.

ABB is integrating sustainability measures into all planning, management and operations. ABB continues to build upon its own strict environmental and energy efficiency standards and expand its sustainability efforts through the development of formal product life cycle assessments and contributions to society by supporting common efforts and implementing its own social policy.