Clean Energy Takes Center Stage at Earth Day Celebration

Vancouver student receives award for poster designed as part of statewide education program on role of hydrogen fuel cell in clean energy production

Olympia, WA – April 20, 2004 — Ashley B., a Vancouver, Washington 7th-grader will receive an award for her creative approach to educating fellow students and the public on the benefits of hydrogen fuel cell technology and it future role in Washington’s clean energy programs. As the winner of the 2004 Save a Watt poster contest, Ashley, along with her teacher, Ron Wright, will be recognized by Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Terry Bergeson during Earth Day festivities Sunday, April 25 at 2 p.m. in Olympia.

The Save a Watt poster contest is part of the Washington Fuel Cell Education Program, an initiative funded by a grant in support of the Northwest Energy Technology Collaborative (NWETC), a regional organization dedicated to advancing the development of new and emerging technologies surrounding clean, sustainable, renewable energy sources. The grant was funded by the Department of Energy to educate students and the public about fuel cell technology and is administered by the Washington State Department of Community, Trade & Economic Development (CTED) and the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA).

“Fuel cells have the potential to generate power more efficiently and with less impact on the environment,” notes Jeff Morris, Director of the Northwest Energy Technology Collaborative (NWETC). “Education is a critical step in building awareness about new energy technologies and garnering the support necessary to ensure these innovations develop into commercial energy sources.”

As part of the grant, Ashley’s poster will be developed into a permanent display that will be shown throughout the state as part of ongoing education on new technologies that play a role in advancing the energy industry.

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