The Martha’s Vineyard Public Charter School has received a first place state award for excellence in energy and environmental education.

The school was honored in a ceremony May 11 in the great hall at the Massachusetts State House by the executive office of energy and environmental affairs.

Juniors and seniors at the charter school have been studying and researching energy conservation, environmental protection and public policy in a social justice and sustainability course created by teachers Louis Hall and Jonah Maidoff. Course projects have included restoring wetlands, installing solar panels, creating short films about local issues and building greenhouses.

Charter school students Matthew Barton, Gabe Canham, Chris Cartier, Hannah Gonsalves, Cyrus Kennedy, Bella Maidoff, Morgan Michalski, Zale Narkiewicz, Cassius Paquet, Franklin Pilcher and Astrid Tilton, who had all taken the course, attended the awards ceremony with Mr. Hall and Mr. Maidoff.