Every year, Burlington Electric Department (BED) and the Burlington School District collaborate on the annual Net Zero Energy Calendar contest. In October, BED and Vermont Energy Education Program (VEEP) team members visited with the fourth-grade classes in all six Burlington elementary schools to discuss the important topics of Net Zero Energy, energy efficiency, renewability, and sustainability. The visit culminated with an invitation to the students to demonstrate through art how they could make a difference in their lives to help Burlington become a Net Zero Energy city by 2030.
More than 100 of the amazingly thoughtful and talented fourth graders created beautiful works of art. Fourteen drawings were selected after careful consideration by a panel of judges, and those drawings now fill the pages of BED’s colorful and educational 2023 Net Zero Energy Calendar.
Contest winners, teachers and schools, and artwork location within the calendar are:
- Front Cover: Nöel Alee, Ms. Waters, Integrated Arts Academy
- January: Loic King, Mr. Thibault, Integrated Arts Academy
- February: Hwang Ghising, Ms. Rochman, Champlain Elementary School
- March: Dipson Gurung, Ms. Marchessault, Sustainability Academy
- April: Marcus Lucey, Ms. Marchessault, Sustainability Academy
- May: Kaelen McBride, Mr. Mack, J.J. Flynn Elementary School
- June: Henry Moreau, Ms. Brockway, C.P. Smith Elementary School
- July: Charlotte Lada, Ms. Brockway, C.P. Smith Elementary School
- August: Poppy Niles, Ms. Waters, Integrated Arts Academy
- September: Bruce Creason, Ms. Rochman, Champlain Elementary School
- October: Lily Laramee Bose, Ms. Rochman, Champlain Elementary School
- November: Vivien Haynh, Mr. Mack, J.J. Flynn Elementary School
- December: Heidi Dehler, Ms. Palmer, Edmunds Elementary School
- Back Cover: Tilian Hawkins-Hilke, Mr. Houchens, Edmunds Elementary School
To celebrate their accomplishment, more than 75 people, including our contest winners, their parents, siblings, and teachers, gathered for a special ceremony at BED on November 16. During the ceremony, Mayor Miro Weinberger, BED General Manager Darren Springer, and Vermont Energy Contracting & Supply Corp. Principal Nick Papaseraphim, and Lake Monsters mascot CHAMP presented certificates to the winners naming them “energy champions” and awarded them with $50 each (thank you, Vermont Energy) plus a grocery store bag filled with BED and Lake Monsters (thank you Lake Monsters) swag. The students learned that, together, we all can make a difference by being more thoughtful about energy use in our everyday lives. They also learned that American Flatbread makes amazing pizza (thank you Rob Downey and team) and that you need a very large cake to fit the names of all the contest winners.
BED and VEEP offer sincere thank yous to: Burlington’s elementary school principals and fourth grade teachers for welcoming us into their classrooms; the fourth graders for their enthusiasm and interest in energy, the stimulating classroom conversations, and the wonderful and creative artwork; and the parents, siblings, and friends who encouraged our fourth graders to participate in the contest.
Team BED is thrilled that the students have learned that we all can make a difference by being more thoughtful about energy use in our everyday lives.
If you’d like a free calendar, please stop by
- BED at 585 Pine Street,
- City Hall (Mayor’s Office or Clerk-Treasurer’s Office), or
- Fletcher Free Library (College Street or North Avenue branch).
Happy Holidays from the BED family to all our Burlington customers and families!