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BSC recognized for environmental stewardship efforts

Published: Oct 14 2016
Bismarck State College was awarded the Chairman’s Stewardship Award in Energy Education by the Interstate Oil & Gas Compact Commission on October 3, 2016, in Little Rock, Ark.
The Chairman’s Stewardship Awards represent the IOGCC’s highest honor for exemplary efforts in environmental stewardship.
Presented by Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, the award honors BSC for its efforts in heading up the ENERGY: Powered by North Dakota energy curriculum project for 4th and 8th grade students in the state. Championed by the EmPower ND Commission, BSC was awarded funding from the Lignite Research Council and Oil & Gas Research Council through the North Dakota Industrial Commission, in addition to donations from energy industry and more than $150,000 of in-kind contributions. Project manager Emily Cash worked closely with the State Historical Society of North Dakota to develop the curriculum.
“We were fortunate to bring the industry together to partner with Bismarck State College and the State Historical Society of North Dakota to provide this valuable resource to students in the state,” said Ron Ness, president of the North Dakota Petroleum Council. “It’s important to educate North Dakota students about how important energy is to our state and inspire the next generation to seek the education needed to become the next geologist, engineer, technician, or any of the career opportunities the energy industry provides.”
ENERGY: Powered by North Dakota is a two-week online energy curriculum for 4th and 8th grade students created through the support of North Dakota’s energy industry. The energy curriculum follows state social studies and science standards and cover all of the state’s energy resources using maps, videos, photos, as well as animations developed by BSC’s National Energy Center of Excellence. Through the curriculum, students become more familiar with the natural resources present in the state, how they’re used to produce energy, and the effect on citizens. Along the way, students are introduced to the wide variety of energy careers that are available.

Photo identification L to R: Director of the Great Plains Energy Corridor at BSC Emily Cash, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, and Executive Director of BSC Foundation and Vice President of College Advancement Kari Knudson