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Bobby Orr didn’t grow up being shuttled around from rink to rink in a tight, cramped beige mini-van.

He grew up playing hockey on the frozen rivers and lakes of Parry Sound, Ontario – firing pucks across snow-laden ice into makeshift goals for hours.

“The routine of my daily life as a kid was pretty simple," Orr said. "One way or another, it always seemed to lead me in the direction of a body of water, regardless of the time of year. The only question was whether the water would be frozen solid for hockey or open and flowing for fish.”

Orr's story isn't unique; many of his contemporaries and players in the modern game honed their skills on backyard rinks, on frozen lakes – practice arenas that may not be around forever, according to the first NHL Sustainability Report.  

"Before many of our players ever took their first stride on NHL ice, they honed their skills on the frozen lakes and ponds of North America and Europe,” Commissioner Gary Bettman said in the introduction to the report, highlighting the importance of these lakes and ponds to the development of hockey.

The report, which according to the NHL is the first of its kind among major American sports leagues, details how climate change could severely impact these lakes and ponds upon which so many young players learn to skate, as well as the league's signature event, the outdoor Winter Classic, held each New Year's Day.

These days, technology is progressing at a pace like never before. People today are having a harder time than ever discerning science fiction from, you know, actual science.

George Takei can certainly relate – he’s been going to warp speed since 1966.

While we can’t bend space and time just yet, the city of Boston is playing host to companies developing technologies previously unimagined.

Takei recently brought his YouTube series, Takei’s Take, to the area to film a four-part piece on the tech scene in the Greater Boston area including a stop by Greentown Labs in Somerville, one of the country's largest cleantech incubators, and the Massachusetts Institute for Technology's Media Lab.

 

 

One of the more common critiques that we at MassCEC hear over and over again from employers is that students need to be receiving education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at a younger and younger age in order to prepare themselves for jobs in the rapidly expanding clean energy economy.

To help tackle this challenge, the Greater Lawrence Technical School is using funding from  MassCEC's Learn and Earn pilot program, which enables high school students to participate in paid internships at their respective high schools and work on clean energy projects over the summer months. Students at Greater Lawrence are currently working on ground-level practice roofs installing solar electric systems, with their final project being a fully-functional solar array at their school.

Greater Lawrence is a prime example of a school using all of the resources available to it in order to better prepare its students for the future. Leveraging expertise from the recent Solarize Andover initiative, as well as local employers and educational partners, Greater Lawrence aims to take advantage of the community’s experience with installing solar systems so that students can learn about the technology that comprises the largest segment of renewable energy employment in the Commonwealth. Crucially, this program also seeks to alleviate another common major issue: teen summer unemployment.