Award-Winning Environmental Education Teachers and Students Honored

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Posted: Sunday, September 23, 2018 2:56 pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the winners of the Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators and the most recent winners of the President’s Environmental Youth Award. From across the country, 10 educators and 49 students are being recognized for their efforts.

EPA honored these award-winning educators and honorable mention recipients at a series of events in Washington, D.C. Through these programs, EPA is honoring the remarkable work of these educators and students in the field of environmental education and stewardship.

The day’s events featured a ceremony with remarks by Matthew Z. Leopold, EPA General Counsel, as well as special guest National Park Service Office of Public Health Director and U.S. Public Health Service Captain Sara B. Newman, DrPH, MCP. Winning teachers and students also presented their work at an afternoon poster session for all attendees as well as EPA leadership.

Students conducted projects including raising international awareness of a threatened bird species and the use of plastics, supporting local waterways, researching new biodegradable plastic, developing a new model for water efficient facilities, creating educational interactive electronic programs on sustainable urban development, and exploring a new economic way to test for lead in water, as well as recycling, composting, and supporting local ecology.

The PIAEE program recognizes innovative educators who bring environmental education into their classrooms through hands-on, experiential approaches. The PEYA program recognizes outstanding environmental projects by K-12 youth, promotes awareness of our nation's natural resources, and encourages positive community involvement.

Teachers are recognized for activities including developing successful preschool, elementary, middle, and high school environmental and outdoor education courses; advising environmental clubs for students and family programs, including activities such as building gardens and compost centers, hosting community service days, starting school waste reduction programs, and exploring energy conservation; leading training workshops and other professional development for peers; teaching about the global impact of agriculture and nutrition; and leading students in responding to recent weather events.

SOURCE: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

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