EPA Celebrates Earth Day and Environmental Education

Announcing Winners of the President’s Student-Teacher Environmental Awards WASHINGTON, D.C. – WEBWIRE – Wednesday, April 22, 2020

From across the country, 10 educators and 35 students are being recognized for their leadership and commitment to environmental education and environmental stewardship. This year, 7 educators will receive the 2020 Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators, and 3 educators will be recognized with an honorable mention distinction. Winning educators demonstrated leadership by integrating environmental education into multiple subjects and using topics such as healthy school environments, environmentally friendly agricultural practices, reducing ocean litter, gardening, recycling, or STEM to teach sustainability to K-12 students.

Additionally, 35 students who worked as a team or individually on 13 projects will receive the President’s Environmental Youth Award. Their stewardship projects, conducted in 2019, display a commitment to learning, to protecting natural resources, and to engaging their communities in environmental protection.

Background The Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators Established by the 1990 National Environmental Education Act, the Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators seeks to recognize, support, and bring public attention to the outstanding environmental projects performed by innovative teachers who go beyond textbook instruction to incorporate methods and materials that utilize creative experiences and enrich student learning. CEQ, in partnership with EPA, administers this award to encourage and nationally honor outstanding elementary and secondary (K-12) education teachers who integrate environmental and place-based, experiential learning into school curricula. The program provides funding to help support educator awardee schools in their environmental education work and provides funding for the teacher’s professional development.

The President’s Environmental Youth Award Since the establishment of the original Environmental Education Act of 1970, The President’s Environmental Youth Award (PEYA) Program has recognized outstanding community-level environmental projects by K-12 youth for almost 50 years. Today, as part of the National Environmental Education Act of 1990, PEYA continues to promote awareness of natural resources and encourages positive community involvement.  Each year, PEYA honors a wide-variety of local-level projects developed by students, school classes, summer camp attendees and youth organizations to promote engagement in environmental stewardship and protection. Students in all 50 states and U.S. territories are invited to participate in the program.

Since the establishment of the original Environmental Education Act of 1970, The President’s Environmental Youth Award (PEYA) Program has recognized outstanding community-level environmental projects by K-12 youth for almost 50 years. Today, as part of the National Environmental Education Act of 1990, PEYA continues to promote awareness of natural resources and encourages positive community involvement.  Each year, PEYA honors a wide-variety of local-level projects developed by students, school classes, summer camp attendees and youth organizations to promote engagement in environmental stewardship and protection. Students in all 50 states and U.S. territories are invited to participate in the program.


View PEYA winners here. PEYA Winners: Region 1 Award Category: 6-12 The Greenhouse By the Rockport Public Schools Green Team: Josh, Nathaniel, Sebastian, Caitlin, Patrick and Amanda Massachusetts Region 2 Award Category: 6-12 Bridgewater Raritan High School Rain Garden By the Bridgewater Raritan High School Green Infra Team: Sujay, Pravar, Amogh, Aneesh, Ritika New Jersey Region 3 Award Category: 6-12 Effective Repeated Filtration of Amoxicillin from Wastewater Using Activated Charcoal Filters By Lea Pennsylvania Region 4 Award Category: 6-12 Go Green - Holiday Action By the We Sense Youth Team: Bo, Yichen, Ayden, Savannah North Carolina Award Category: K-5 Zach’s Planet By Zach Florida Region 5 Award Category: 6-12 Pop Tab Pandemonium By Brayden Illinois Region 6 Award Category: 6-12 Fresh Hub By Shirley and Annie Texas Award Category: K-5 The 3R Project By Prince Texas Region 7 Award Category: 6-12 See a Bloom, Give It Room By the Kickapoo Environmental Club: Nash, Natasha, Sophia, Gabriel, Adriana, Vincente, Kismet, Caitlin, Savannah Kansas Region 8 Award Category: 6-12 EBatsMT By the Bigfork High School Cave Club: Ryan and Colten Montana Region 9 Award Category: K-5 For the Love of Frogs- The Parallel Projects By Justin California Award Category: 6-12 Sustainable Food Systems Priority (Arizona Sustainability Alliance) By Nikita Arizona Region 10 Award Category: 6-12 P.O.P. – Promote Our Pollinators By Anna Alaska




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