December 2010 Issue
November 22, 2010

Greenways: K-12 environmental awards

Source: NYSUT United

K-12 environmental awards

The President's Environmental Youth Awards program sponsors a two-part competition for K-12 students — a regional certificate program conducted year-round and a regional award offered once a year.

Deadline for the regional program is Dec. 31. A panel from each Environmental Protection Agency regional office reviews applications.

One project from each region will receive a presidential plaque at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. Qualified regional applicants receive a certificate signed by the president. Visit for more information.

Taking the energy challenge

Registration is open for the Green Cup Challenge for K-12 schools committed to shrinking their carbon footprint. The major activity consists of reducing electricity consumption during the month of February. Participating schools create and share a three-minute video as part of the challenge.

Entrance fees must be received by Jan. 14. For information, visit

Seeking green leaders

The Green School Alliance is seeking nominations for the 2011 National Student Climate and Conservation Congress from rising 9th-12th-grade students and faculty environmental leaders. The application deadline is April 1 and nominations are considered on a rolling basis.

The cost of the five-day program, from June 26-July 1, is $500, including meals and lodging. Details at