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Illinois EPA to recognize work on environmental and conservation projects with Green Youth Awards

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[January 06, 2009]  SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Director Doug Scott is encouraging Illinois students to apply for the annual Green Youth Awards coordinated by the agency. The award recognizes the outstanding and inventive efforts of Illinois youth who are working on environmental protection and conservation projects.

Hardwaretudents who are currently enrolled in kindergarten through 12th grade at a public, private or home school and who have participated in an environmental project that was started no earlier than 2007 are eligible to apply for the Green Youth Award. Clubs and organizations such as Scouts and 4-H are also encouraged to apply.

To be eligible for recognition, projects must involve one or more of the following categories: waste reduction; prevention or reduction of pollution in the air (global warming, climate change), land or water; restoration, preservation or enhancement of natural areas; and energy or water efficiency.

Examples of past winning projects include:

  • Waste reduction: a schoolwide recycling program that encouraged not only recycling, but also waste reduction and environmental education.

  • Reducing water pollution: a storm sewer stenciling project.

  • Restoration or preservation: the creation of a wetland area.

  • Energy efficiency: schoolwide energy audit and facilitation guide.

"If you have recently been involved in an environmental or conservation project, I encourage you to apply for a governor's Green Youth Award," said Scott. "I also appreciate teachers who promote these projects in their classrooms, as they reinforce to Illinois' youth the value of protecting the environment."

This spring, awards will be presented at a special ceremony in Springfield hosted by the Illinois EPA. Winners will also receive tickets to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield. An application and additional information about the program are available at or by calling 217-557-7826. Applications are due by March 20.

[Text from Illinois Environmental Protection Agency file received from the Illinois Office of Communication and Information]





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