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Elementary school students create t-shirt designs to show their favorite way to save energy

April 5, 2013–The 2013 Green Energy Challenge, a free GEF program sponsored by National Grid, called on students across New England to submit artwork for the Energy Challenge t-shirt contest. The contest asked students to draw their favorite way to save energy.

Hundreds of drawings were submitted from schools across the region and were narrowed down to just four. Thousands of National Grid employees then voted to determine the winner.

Blair Zhou Ohrenberger School West Roxbury MA
Blair Zhou's drawing will bring
him to Fenway on Earth Day.
Blair Zhou, a fifth-grade student at the Ohrenberger School in West Roxbury, MA, received the most votes for his design. The lucky artist’s school will receive a $250 donation, and his entire homeroom class will receive t-shirts featuring his winning design. In addition, Blair will showcase his t-shirt when he throws out the first pitch on April 22 during the National Grid-sponsored Earth Day celebration game at Fenway Park where the Red Sox will face the Athletics.

We take energy efficiency and environmental stewardship very seriously," said Marcy Reed, president, National Grid, Massachusetts. "The Green Energy Challenge t-shirt contest is a terrific way to reinforce to our youth the importance of how each and every one of us can reduce our carbon footprint and take measures that will make our lives a little greener. We congratulate Blair on his design and thank him for helping us promote energy conservation."

The winning design will be worn by National Grid employees on Earth Day 2013 and posted on GEF's website.

Victoria Waters, CEO at GEF, noted the significance of this year’s contest: “This fun and educational contest created a lot of momentum around the importance of conservation measures. When students understand the basics of sustainability they become even more passionate and curious, leading to long lasting, sustainable lifestyle choices.”

Runners-up in 2013 Green Energy Challenge t-shirt contest are Allie Van Rossem, Dylan Pare, Fuka Ikeda, Kaitlen Darcy, Samer Khanji and Troy Nicotra.


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National Grid (LSE: NG; NYSE:NGG) is an electricity and gas company that connects consumers to energy sources through its networks. The company is at the heart of one of the greatest challenges facing our society - to create new, sustainable energy solutions for the future and developing an energy system that underpins economic prosperity in the 21st century. National Grid holds a vital position at the center of the energy system and it ‘joins everything up’.

In the northeast US, we connect more than seven million gas and electric customers to vital energy sources, essential for our modern lifestyles. In Great Britain, we run the gas and electricity systems that our society is built on, delivering gas and electricity across the country.

National Grid delivers electricity to approximately 3.3 million customers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island. It manages the electricity network on Long Island under an agreement with the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), and owns over 4,000 megawatts of contracted electricity generation, providing power to over one million LIPA customers. It is the largest distributor of natural gas in northeastern U.S., serving approximately 3.4 million customers in New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.

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