California Student Wins National Sustainability Competition Sponsored by Johnson Controls

Granite Hills High School junior wins educational trips to Hawaii and Washington, D.C.

MILWAUKEE, March 21 /PRNewswire/ — Wesley Fulkerson, a junior at Granite Hills High School in the Grossmont Union High School District, is one of three national student winners of the Igniting Creative Energy Challenge — an educational competition that encourages students to develop ingenious ways to live a more sustainable life and protect the environment.


The contest is sponsored and funded through a grant by Johnson Controls, Inc., with additional support from Philips and the United States Energy Association and is administered by the National Energy Foundation.

Wesley learned that he won during a surprise announcement in his classroom on Friday, March 14. Representatives of Johnson Controls, school officials and Wesley’s parents were on hand to congratulate him on his accomplishment.

The Challenge asked students to submit projects that demonstrated ways of practicing sustainability at home, at school, or in the community. Wesley’s winning project is a song he wrote and recorded called It’s a Beautiful World. The song encourages others to make simple changes in their lives to conserve energy. It drives home the idea that if we all do little things we can collectively make a big difference.

“I entered this challenge so that I could partner with this noble cause and do my part to preserve our planet in whatever way I can,” explains Wesley. “With any luck at all, people who hear my rhythmic convictions will realize that they can make a difference.”

The winners — three students and a teacher — will receive a hosted trip to Hawaii, March 26 – 30, 2008 as well as the opportunity to participate in the Energy Efficiency Forum in Washington, D.C., June 10 – 11, 2008, where they will share their Challenge entries and ideas with government and energy leaders.

The Igniting Creative Energy Challenge is open to all students in grades K-12 in the United States and Canada. Students are asked to submit entries that reflect the competition theme, Igniting Creative Energy, and demonstrate an understanding of what an individual, family, or group can do to make a difference in the places they live or travel. In addition to the three student winners, there is also one teacher winner. The teacher with the highest average score of student work from 15 or more qualifying entries is named the national winner.

The winning entries for 2008 will be posted at There also will be links from the National Energy Foundation’s and Johnson Controls’ Web sites.

About National Energy Foundation: The National Energy Foundation is a unique 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the development, dissemination, and implementation of supplementary educational materials, programs and courses that relate primarily to energy, water, natural resources, science and math, technology, conservation and the environment. These teaching resources recognize the importance and contribution of natural resources to our economy, our national security, the environment and our quality of life.

About United States Energy Association: The United States Energy Association is the United States member of the World Energy Council. USEA is composed of approximately 150 public and private energy-related organizations, corporations and government agencies.

About Philips: Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands (NYSE:PHG) (NYSE:AEX:) (NYSE:PHI) is one of the world’s biggest electronics companies and Europe’s largest, with sales of $37.7 billion (EUR 30.4 billion) in 2005. With activities in the three interlocking domains of healthcare, lifestyle and technology and 161,500 employees in more than 60 countries, it has market leadership positions in medical diagnostic imaging and patient monitoring, color television sets, electric shavers, lighting and silicon system solutions. News from Philips is located at

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