Lisa Szewczul, Vice President, Environment, Health & Safety, UTC Aerospace Systems, has been a strong advocate for the school’s efforts in educating students in the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). She has served as the chair of the school’s Advisory Board since 2008.
"The Academy of Engineering and Green Technology gets kids passionate about science and how it can improve our environment and communities, locally and globally,” Szewczul said. “As a chemist, I know that passion – it's stuck with me throughout my career, and it's why UTC and I continue to work so closely with this outstanding organization. Congratulations to the Academy.”
To be eligible for the Green Ribbon award, schools must show combined achievement in the following three goals:
- Reduce environmental impact and costs
- Improve the health and wellness of schools, students and staff
- Provide environmental educational awareness
UTC Aerospace Systems and Pratt & Whitney have worked with AoEGT to achieve its goals by actively participating in a number of community events in partnership with the school’s students. In September, UTC employees volunteered at AoEGT’s Green Apple Day of Service, where volunteers built a new compost bin, planted herb gardens, renovated landscaping beds, and picked up over 1,000 pounds of litter in the community.
UTC also has given AoEGT multi-year financial grants that have enabled the school to build advanced computer labs. In addition, UTC has provided students with valuable work experience through internships at various business units.
"Companies like UTC Aerospace Systems and Pratt & Whitney have made the engagement of our students in learning part of their personal and professional goals,” said Mike Maziarz, Principal, Academy of Engineering and Green Technology. “The Green Ribbon award is an amazing acknowledgement of this success, but will only be the beginning thanks to our students, staff and companies like United Technologies.”
For more information about the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools, click here.