Hamden Student Recognized for Sustainable Science Fair Project at 66th Annual Connecticut Science Fair
Energize Connecticut initiative and eesmarts™ program sponsor energy and sustainability categories at state’s largest science competition for middle and high school students
Hamden student, Elizabeth Lopreiato, was honored as a finalist for her project, “Investigating the phytoremediation of lead: the type of plant species versus the rate of lead extraction in hydroponic media”, at the 66th annual Science and Engineering Fair at Quinnipiac University that was held on Saturday, March 15, 2014.
Energize Connecticut and the eesmarts program sponsored the Special Award categories of Alternative/Renewable Energy for middle and high school students; Future Sustainability for high school students; and Sustainable Resources and Practices for middle school students.
Lopreiato’s project was honored in the “Future Sustainability” category for High School students.
On hand to present the awards to the finalists were Connecticut Light & Power Senior Program Administrator Rebecca Meyer and The United Illuminating Company Director of Commercial and Industrial Services Roy Haller. Representatives from CL&P and UI served as judging chairs and coordinated approximately 30 judges from the Department of Energy & Environmental Protection, Capitol Region Education Council, Clean Energy Finance & Investment Authority, Pratt & Whitney, United Technologies Corporation, University of New Haven and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.
The Connecticut Science and Engineering Fair is open to students in grades seven through 12 across the state, who compete for more than 600 spots each year. The objective of the fair is to attract young people to careers in the science and engineering industry, while also developing critical thinking skills. The fair is supported by several academic and industrial organizations throughout the state, with funds directed to the awards, operations and various educational activities.
About Energize Connecticut
Energize Connecticut helps you save money and use clean energy. It is an initiative of the Energy Efficiency Fund, the Clean Energy Finance & Investment Authority, the State, and your local electric and gas utilities, with funding from a charge on customer energy bills. Information on energy-saving programs can be found at EnergizeCT.com or by calling 1.877.WISE.USE.