EPA accepting applications for
Governor's Green Youth Awards
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Awards recognize outstanding environmental
protection and conservation projects by Illinois youth
[MAY 25, 2004]
SPRINGFIELD -- Gov. Rod
Blagojevich announced Monday that applications are now being
accepted by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency for the
Governor's Green Youth Award. The awards recognize outstanding
environmental protection and conservation projects by Illinois'
"Environmental conservation is at the
core of my administration's goals," Blagojevich said "and no age is
too young to begin projects that preserve the beauty of our state's
environment and natural resources. I am proud to recognize those
young people who have taken an outstanding and proactive role in
preserving our state's environmental heritage."
"Governor Blagojevich and I are
committed to encouraging and recognizing outstanding youth-led
activities that set an example for making our environment cleaner
and greener," said Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Director
Youth 17 or younger, in kindergarten
through 12th grade, enrolled in public, private or home schools, who
have participated in an environmental project begun no earlier than
January 2002 may apply for recognition. Winners may be eligible for
certificates, plaques and financial assistance to provide resources
necessary for their programs.
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The project must involve one or more of
the following categories: waste reduction, prevention or reduction
of pollution in the air, water or land; restoration, preservation or
enhancement of natural areas; and energy or water efficiency.
Applications may be downloaded from the
and additional information may also be obtained from Toni Leigh at
(217) 557-7826. Application and information packets have also been
sent to school districts around the state.
The deadline for applications is Sept.
24, and an awards ceremony will be on Nov. 12.
Green Illinois program, government and communities have been
encouraged to make Illinois a safe and healthy place to live.
Through the Governor's Green Youth Awards we hope to encourage youth
to continue pursuing environmental projects now and in the future," Cipriano said.
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