For Immediate Release: April 25, 1997
Media Contact: Claudia Chandler -- 916 - 654 - 4989



Twelve Student Artists Design a Clean,
Efficient and Wise Energy Future



The California Energy Commission today announced the 12 winners of its energy art contest after tapping the creativity of energy-conscious school children. Poster entries were from schools throughout California, New Mexico, Illinois and Arkansas.

In a dozen unique ways, the children's artwork illustrates that even common, everyday decisions to make wise use of energy are important steps toward a safer, cleaner and more secure future for their generation. Energy-saving suggestions include turning off unneeded lights, riding a bike, consolidating errands and playing outside instead of watching television. Other winning designs reflect the type of highly creative, "out of the box" thinking needed to bring exciting, cutting edge technologies to the world marketplace.

A panel of judges selected the winning pieces of artwork from hundreds of third through eighth grade entries received by the Energy Commission for the art contest. The winning artwork will be used to illustrate the Commission's calendar for children which will be "downloadable" from its energy education site, Energy Quest. The Internet site is located at

http://www.energy.ca.gov/education

Energy Commission Chairman William J. Keese commented, "Children with creative minds, bright outlooks and a high level of commitment to a clean and secure future can have an impact on the way we respond to everyday energy-saving opportunities. The Internet provides the pathway of the future to educate young people about the importance of energy."

Contestants were encouraged to "visit" the Commission's energy education site on the Internet to see first-hand how the artwork of previous contest winners now illustrates Energy Quest. The site is a virtual classroom where teachers, students and parents can explore some of the world's most innovative energy technologies - and have fun along the way!

According to Keese, the Commission's Internet site has emerged as a workable, economical solution to delivering state-of-the-art, fast-paced materials demanded by the highly competitive environmental education curriculum market. "Tapping the creativity of young people themselves is the perfect mechanism to find appropriate graphics for Energy Quest," he said.

Each of the 12 winners will receive prizes from corporate sponsors. These include: Micrografx's Crayola Art Studio 2 CD-ROM; Videodiscovery's Science Sleuths CD-ROM; a "prize bag" from the Sacramento Bee; and tickets to Cal Expo.

Winners of the Energy Art Contest are as follows:


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