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Announcing the Energized Future Scholarship Winner

Congratulations to Eve Wyman of Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School who has been awarded the Energized Future Scholarship by Current, powered by GE and Project Green Schools! Read Eve's scholarship essay below.

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Energized Future Scholarship Essay
By Eve Wyman, Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School

I have always been drawn to the beauty of nature. In the summertime, you can find me hurrying outside in my pajamas to photograph a beautiful sunrise. I also enjoy the feeling of peacefulness I get whenever I look outside, whether I'm in the city or in my small farm town of Rehoboth. My gifted teacher, Ms. Tabitha Yeager has shown me how energy links to the environment by educating me about the systems of the Earth and how energy use impacts these systems. Through her classes "Solutions for a Greener Future" and "Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)", I learned how the earth's ecosystems and cycles work together and how we can harness and utilize the resources they provide. I constantly apply this knowledge to how I use energy in my own home. For example, a top-loading washing machine is less sustainable than a front-loading washing machine because it uses more water in a less efficient way. In my household, I use the top-loading design, and was very surprised at how unsustainable it is after learning this. This applied knowledge has really opened my eyes about sustainability and regenerative design, and I hope to learn more about these concepts. 

A bright future is one where smog does not cover the sky, where plastic does not fill our oceans, and where people promote the wellbeing of our shared planet. This is the motivation behind my future plans and goals. I will advocate for the awareness of sustainability and regenerative design, hoping to reach out to every corner of the Earth and educate others. I want to be part of the process that figures out how to integrate technology with the Earth's systems. I also hope to develop an innovation in green building that will change the world. 

I will be attending the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in the Fall of 2017 with an undeclared major in Arts and Sciences, on a pre-engineering track. I have several interests, not only in the field of engineering, but in architecture and green building as well. 

In closing, my message to the world is that we need to provide for future generations, and we can achieve this by utilizing the earth's resources through green building. Paul H. Ray once said, "Right now over 70 percent of the world population is convinced that something serious has to be done about the dangers facing the planet. ...Most of humanity wants to know how to make the change. It's one of those tipping-point times where things can change unbelievably fast…" ("Inspirational Environmental Quotes"). Let's tip the point towards current innovations and future generations.

Works Cited

"Inspirational Environmental Quotes for Creating a Sustainable World." Sustainability Quotes. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 May 2017

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