Students to present findings following implementation of energy efficiency recommendations

Energize Connecticut and eesmarts, in partnership with the Connecticut Technical High School System and CBIA Education Foundation, present the second of four Connecticut Clean Trades Summits.

Connecticut Clean Trades Summit

Thursday, May 21, 2015, 9 a.m.11 a.m.

Henry Abbott Technical High School

21 Hayestown Avenue, Danbury, CT

Abbott students from the construction trades (carpentry, HVAC, electrical, heating, and plumbing) will present energy efficiency improvements they made at their school following a year-long investigation.

Students will discuss what they did, why they implemented the changes, what skills they acquired, and what they learned about energy efficiency and green technology.

The Connecticut Clean Trades Program is a two-year pilot program for construction trade students at Norwich, 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.

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 last May at a Summit at Central Connecticut State University. This year's task was to implement some of the proposed energy-saving solutions.

The Connecticut Clean Trades Program is funded and supported by Energize Connecticut, in partnership with Eversource, UI, and the eesmarts program. It is managed by CBIA and curriculum support comes from the American Forest Foundation's Project Learning Tree, supported by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

Other summits are scheduled for Platt (Wednesday, May 27), and Norwich (Thursday, May 28). All start at 9 a.m.

Media wishing to attend should contact CBIA's Meaghan MacDonald (860.244.1957; meaghan.macdonald@cbia.com).

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CBIA is Connecticut's largest business organization, with 10,000 member companies. For more information, please contact Meaghan MacDonald (860.244.1957; meaghan.macdonald@cbia.com) or visit the CBIA Newsroom.

The Connecticut Technical High School System (CTHSS) currently operates 17 diploma-granting technical high schools, one technical education center and two aviation maintenance programs located throughout the state. The system serves approximately 11,200 full-time high school and adult day students, with comprehensive education and training in 31 occupational areas and 2,000 apprenticeship students. CTHSS is the largest high school system in Connecticut, serving all geographic regions, demographics and diverse populations. For more information, visit cttech.org, follow on Twitter @CTTechHS and Facebook at Connecticut Technical High School System.