BP and ARCO ampm Strengthen Energy Conservation Education
June 8, 2007
LA PALMA, Calif. -- California teachers with ideas for teaching about energy and energy conservation in innovative ways will share $1.5 million in BP's A+ for Energy grants and scholarships to develop cutting-edge projects on behalf of their students.
BP, a global energy provider, will underwrite more than 130 projects submitted by California teachers that are designed to raise awareness about energy, through creative ideas about conservation and alternative energy. The programs will reach more than 57,000 students statewide in grades pre-K through 12.
California's A+ for Energy teachers will receive financial support to supplement the needs of their core curriculum through classroom, after-school, extra-curricular or summer activities that promote innovative, life-applicable ways to demonstrate the value of energy conservation and renewable energy sources to the community, the state, and the world. Please refer to the attached list of winners.
"There is no greater source of inspiration and motivation for young minds than from hard working teachers. Teachers provide the catalyst for students to think seriously about the importance of energy, energy conservation and the environment," said Thomas Markin, Vice President of Government and Public Affairs, BP America. "BP takes great pride in awarding A+ for Energy grants and scholarships, because they not only recognize educational innovation, but also help teach future generations to become responsible stewards of energy resources and the environment."
The A+ for Energy applications were reviewed and selected by an independent panel of California state educational and environmental leaders. Project submissions ranged from solar-powered car efficiency and urban wind turbine technology to new concepts in hydropower. A+ for Energy recipients will receive awards in $5,000 and $10,000 increments.
"BP is at the forefront of renewable and alternative energy development and the A+ for Energy program looks to our educators for unique ideas and solutions," said Dianne Anderson, President of West Coast Fuels Marketing, ARCO. "The alternative energy ideas and innovations submitted by this year's A+ for Energy grant and scholarship recipients illustrate that everyone must be forward-thinking to ensure a sustainable environment for future generations."
A+ for Energy sustainability winners are teachers who have successfully demonstrated the ability to grow and sustain their 2006 project for another school year, while obtaining support from the school, district and local community enabling them to continue their project into the future.
A+ for Energy winners will be formally recognized by BP representatives, California government and community leaders, at a celebratory awards event in California on June 25, 2007.
BP partners with the National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project to support energy education in California schools by supplying course content and curriculum aligned with state standards for the core subject areas of science, math and social studies. As part of its A+ for Energy program, BP will award grant recipients with a $500 all-inclusive scholarship to attend the NEED Project's three-day training conference in California in July 2007. This includes travel, meals, lodging, and a NEED Science of Energy Kit full of invaluable tools for instruction.
BP, a global energy provider, recently announced plans to invest up to $8 billion over the next ten years in alternative energy sources. Everyday, BP provides energy solutions to approximately 13 million customers in more than 100 countries. BP is the single, global brand formed by the combination of the former British Petroleum, Amoco Corporation, Atlantic Richfield (ARCO) and Burmah Castrol. For more information, visit http://www.bp.com/.
About ARCO ampm
ARCO gasoline and ampm convenience stores are located in 5 states and serve nearly 2,200 different products and nearly 24 million customers per month. With more than 25 years of operating experience, ARCO and ampm facilities maintain a commitment to excellence and respect for our customers. http://www.ampm.com/.
NEED focuses on teaching students and teachers about energy. NEED works with the education community and the energy industry to design and distribute hands-on, science-based educational materials for grades K-12 that supports the California curriculum standards for science, English, language arts, mathematics, history and social science. NEED training prepares teachers to implement innovative energy programs in their classrooms. For more information about NEED, visit http://www.need.org/.