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Walpole, MA, United States, 2012/06/25 - Excel Energy awards over $200,000 to local non-profits for work in education and the environment.
The Xcel Energy Foundation recently announced the recipients of over $200K in grant funding for non-profit organizations in Texas and New Mexico for work in education and the environment. Green Education Foundation (GEF) is proud to be among those selected for their reach and impact in making quality sustainability education available to youth and educators.
“Communities that value education and the environment are healthy communities,” said Riley Hill, president and CEO of Southwestern Public Service Company, an Xcel Energy company. “By supporting the nonprofits that promote these values, we hope to contribute to the overall health and prosperity of the communities we are privileged to serve.”
Through the Green Energy Challenge, GEF offers free sustainability lessons and activities related to energy conservation and the environment. This national program encourages students to make small changes their behaviors and then measure their collective impact. In doing so, lifelong habits of conservation are developed and can grow throughout communities organically.
The Green Energy Challenge is a free, national program for K-12 schools and community groups. To learn more about the Green Energy Challenge, visit greeneducationfoundation.org/green-energy-challenge-menu.
GEF Institute (gefinstitute.org), a division of GEF, strives to empower individuals to become champions for sustainability in their office, school or community. The Institute pursues the mission of educating and training a broad audience of students, educators and employees through online sustainability courses and certificates around basic sustainability concepts, including energy. They also offer blended learning curriculum for high school schools and colleges around green building concepts, including Energy and the Built Environment. Blended learning curriculum utilizes ready to use place based audits, online content and videos, and hands on activities to make it easy for educators to integrate sustainability concepts in the classroom. Many of the Institute’s online courses are eligible for professional development and academic credit.
About Green Education Foundation (GEF)
Green Education Foundation (greeneducationfoundation.org) is a non-profit organization committed to creating a sustainable future through education. Sustainability education provides educators with the real-world applied learning models that connect science, technology, and math education with the broader human concerns of environmental, economic, and social systems. GEF provides curriculum and resources to K-12 students and teachers worldwide with the goal of challenging them to think holistically and critically about global environmental concerns and solutions.
About Xcel Energy
Xcel Energy (xcelenergy.com) is a major U.S. electricity and natural gas company with regulated operations in eight Western and Midwestern states. Xcel Energy provides a comprehensive portfolio of energy-related products and services to 3.4 million electricity customers and 1.9 million natural gas customers through its regulated operating companies. Company headquarters are located in Minneapolis.