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Earth Week 2014: Energy Department Highlights Ways Americans #ActOnClimate

April 18, 2014 - 3:00pm


WASHINGTON -- This Earth Week, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, Deputy Secretary Daniel Poneman and other DOE officials will host events throughout the country to highlight what the Obama Administration is doing to combat the effects of a changing climate and build a cleaner, more sustainable energy future.

All week long, will also feature blog posts, videos and social media features around the theme #ActOnClimate. From climate research at the National Labs, to high school students competing in the National Science Bowl, follow along all week as the Energy Department celebrates ways that Americans are doing their part to create a brighter energy future. Share ways you #ActOnClimate on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Google+.

Monday, April 21

Secretary Moniz will convene a two-part public meeting in Providence, R.I. and Hartford, Conn. to receive stakeholder input to the Quadrennial Energy Review – an administration-wide effort to make recommendations regarding key infrastructure needed for transmission, storage and distribution of energy. In Rhode Island, Secretary Moniz will be joined by Governor Lincoln Chafee and Senator Jack Reed. Governor Dannel Malloy and Representative John Larson will join the Secretary in Connecticut.

Deputy Secretary Poneman will visit Duke University to meet with students and faculty leading energy research projects, including advanced energy storage technologies. During his visit, Deputy Secretary Poneman will meet with recipients of the university’s inaugural Energy Research Seed Fund and deliver a public address as part of the Duke University Energy Initiative Speaker Series.

Tuesday, April 22

On Earth Day, Secretary Moniz will travel to his hometown of Boston, Mass. At the New England Aquarium, Secretary Moniz will join with Boston Mayor Marty Walsh to discuss the effects of climate change on the Boston Harbor and meet with Boston teens participating in the Aquarium’s youth environmental programs. That evening, Secretary Moniz will throw out the first pitch at the Red Sox game.

Secretary Moniz will also take over the Energy Department’s Instagram account, sharing behind-the-scenes photos from the New England Aquarium, Fenway Park and more. Follow along at

Wednesday, April 23

Deputy Secretary Poneman will help launch the Georgetown University Energy Prize which challenges small- and medium-sized communities to develop creative ways to cut their energy consumption. Nearly 50 communities have already signed up to compete – bringing residents, utilities, schools and local governments together to think outside the box and create innovative, replicable solutions for lowering their energy use.

Thursday, April 24

Secretary Moniz will join with officials from General Motors and the Energy Department’s Argonne National Lab to launch EcoCAR 3 – a four-year competition that gives students the opportunity to gain real-world automotive engineering experience while striving to improve the environmental impact and energy efficiency of an already highly-efficient vehicle.

Friday, April 25 to Monday, April 28

The Energy Department will host its annual National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C. This year, 116 high and middle school regional champion teams will participate in an academic competition that tests students’ knowledge in all areas of science and mathematics. On Monday, Secretary Moniz will present awards to the winning teams.

Saturday, April 26

Secretary Moniz will attend the TOYOTA OWNERS 400 – a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race at the Richmond Raceway. He will tour the raceway and garage and discuss the Energy Department and NASCAR’s joint efforts to promote energy efficiency and clean energy technologies.