AP Environmental Science and Critical Issues students at Amity Regional High School on May 11, 2016 participated in a special “Earth Day” event in partnership with Optimum Community that enabled students to interact first-hand with State Governor Dannel Malloy and Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Rob Klee. Following welcoming remarks from Principal Anna Mahon, Optimum Community moderator Kerry Donovan discussed the upcoming program. Governor Malloy and Commissioner Klee addressed the students and then participated in a Q&A answering questions posed by 12 students regarding a number of environmental issues. Topics discussed included the Flint water debacle and how CT plans to assure its residents that the water is safe, transportation and increased energy savings, underground transmission lines, effective renewable energy sources, and more.
“It was a pleasure interacting with the bright, motivated young people here today,” said Governor Malloy. “I hope our discussion helped them gain a better understanding of where we stand on various legislation affecting our environment and region. Their questions were timely and dealt with a number of important issues that range from wastewater treatment to renewable energy sources and much more. I commend Optimum Community for bringing this program to our schools.”
Commissioner Klee noted, “It’s vital that students today are knowledgeable about current issues that affect our environment as they are our future. From what I saw here today, I have no doubt that we…and the environment…will be in good hands. I would also like to thank Optimum Community for making this informative and interesting program available to our young people.”
Cablevision Vice President of Public Affairs Jennifer Ostrager said, “Optimum Community is pleased to partner with Amity Regional High School to provide students with an opportunity to meet and engage with government leaders like Governor Malloy and Commissioner Klee.”