Congresswoman Chellie Pingree recently congratulated Camden Hills Regional High School on receiving two prestigious awards from the EPA for its successful efforts to build a full-size wind turbine at the school — a 2012 Presidential Environment Youth Award and, for teacher Margo Murphy, the adviser for the student group responsible for the project, a 2013 Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Education.

“I’m so glad Margo and the school are getting the national recognition they deserve. Planning, funding, and building a wind turbine is a challenging task for anyone — but with students as the driving force behind this project, the accomplishment is simply amazing,” said Pingree in a news release. “I have to applaud the school and Margo for thinking out of the box and making the commitment to see the project through over the last nine years. This will be something that Camden Hills students will always be proud of, and it has given them the kind of learning experiences that are hard to come by in the classroom. My sincere congratulations andappreciation to everyone involved.”

Since 2004, a student group called the Windplanners has worked to cut the school’s energy use and build the 155-foot turbine. After raising a half-million dollars, the group finished the turbine last year — over its first year of operation it has been estimated to produce 10 percent of the school’s electricity.

Murphy has been a science teacher for 27 years.

The Windplanners also recently became the one of seven finalists (and the only one from the United States) in the international Volvo Adventure Awards.