President’s Environmental Youth

President’s Environmental Youth Award

The President’s Environmental Youth Award (PEYA) recognizes outstanding environmental projects by K-12 youth. The PEYA program promotes awareness of our nation’s natural resources and encourages positive community involvement. Since 1971, the President of the United States has joined with EPA to recognize young people for protecting our nation’s air, water, land, and ecology. It is one of the most important ways EPA and the Administration demonstrate commitment to environmental stewardship efforts created and conducted by our nation’s youth.

Each year the PEYA program honors a wide variety of projects developed by young individuals, school classes (kindergarten through high school), summer camps, public interest groups, and youth organizations to promote environmental awareness. Thousands of young people from all 50 states and the U.S. territories have submitted projects to EPA for consideration. Winning projects in the past have covered a wide range of subject areas, including:

  • restoring native habitats
  • recycling in schools and communities
  • construction of nature preserves
  • tree planting
  • installing renewable energy projects
  • creating videos, skits and newsletters that focused on environmental issues
  • participating in many other creative sustainability efforts

Evaluation results consistently demonstrate that participation in the PEYA program is frequently a life-changing experience for many of the young people and their project sponsors.

In Spring 2015, the PEYA program was updated. The award portion was expanded to include awards for two age groups.

Applications are due December 31, 2015.

A regional panel will review applications from each of EPA’s 10 regions. Up to two winners will be selected from each region – one for Grades K-5 and one for Grades 6-12.

http://www2.epa.gov/education/presidents-environmental-youth-award

Wendy Dew

Outreach and Education Coordinator

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Region 8 ( CO, ND, SD, MT, UT, WY )

1595 Wynkoop Street, 8OC

Denver CO 80202-1129

dew.wendy

303-312-6605 office


EPA Region 8 is launching an Earth Day poster contest in conjunction with the 2014 EPA Earth Day theme of climate change, and with the EPA Climate Change in Focus Video Contest.

Theme of the Poster Contest:  What are the impacts of climate changes in my area?  The Earth’s climate is getting warmer. Rain patterns are changing, sea level is rising, and snow and ice are melting sooner in the spring. As global temperatures continue to rise, we are likely to see more changes in our climate and our local environment. These changes have the potential to affect people, animals, and ecosystems in many ways.  To enter the poster contest, represent the climate change impacts in your area on a poster using the art medium of your choice (drawing, painting, photograph, fiber, mixed media, etc.).

All posters will be displayed, and the winners will be announced, at an event on Monday, April 28, from 12:00 to 1:00 pm at the EPA Region 8 Regional Office in Denver, CO.  

Theme of the Poster Contest:  What are the impacts of climate changes in my area?  The Earth’s climate is getting warmer. Rain patterns are changing, sea level is rising, and snow and ice are melting sooner in the spring. As global temperatures continue to rise, we are likely to see more changes in our climate and our local environment. These changes have the potential to affect people, animals, and ecosystems in many ways.  To enter the poster contest, represent the climate change impacts in your area on a poster using the art medium of your choice (drawing, painting, photograph, fiber, mixed media, etc.). 

Contest Guidelines:

               only one entry per student (K-12)

               entries must not be more than 18×24 inches

               include your name, email address, phone number and street address on the back of each entry (school contact information for students only)

               elementary, middle, and high school student are eligible to participate

               posters can be in color or black and white, and use any type of art medium (paint, pencil, photos, fiber, … etc.)

               1st-3rd place winners in each track will receive a certificate, and students will have the opportunity to visit the EPA Regional Office in Denver, CO

               all winners will have their artwork displayed in the EPA Region 8 Conference Center

               all entries are due April 15th, winners will be announced on Earth Day

               an event will be held in the EPA Region 8 conference center to view all the posters and celebrate the winners – Monday, April 28, from 12:00 to 1:00pm

Mail your entries to:

Wendy Dew

Outreach and Education Coordinator

MC OC

1595 Wynkoop Street

Denver, CO 80470

Teacher Reference Materials:

http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/kids/

http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/kids/contest.html

http://www.epa.gov/students/teachers.html

http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/

For More Information Contact:

Wendy Dew

Outreach and Education Coordinator

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Region 8 ( CO, ND, SD, MT, UT, WY )

1595 Wynkoop Street, 8OC

Denver CO 80202-1129

dew.wendy@epa.gov

303-312-6605303-312-6605 office

Or

Laura Farris

Climate Change Coordinator

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Region 8 ( CO, ND, SD, MT, UT, WY )

1595 Wynkoop Street, 8OC

Denver CO 80202-1129

farris.laura@epa.gov

303-312-6741303-312-6741 office

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DEADLINE: MON, OCT. 29- EPA Small Grants Program in Colorado

DEADLINE: MON, OCT. 29- EPA Small Grants Program in Colorado

The Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education is coordinating Colorado proposals for the EPA Region 8 Small Grants Programs.

The deadline to submit a proposal is Monday, October 29.

This grant is seeking proposals that demonstrate inclusive environmental education that addresses strategies outlined in the Colorado Environmental Education Plan and includes a component that can be disseminated among the environmental education community. You can find a brief summary of the request for proposals below.

You can find more information and download the grant application from the Colorado section of the Region 8 Small Grants Website. http://usee.org/resources/region8grants

If you have any questions, it is preferred that you email questions initially to outreach

Request for Proposals Summary:

The primary goal of this program is to deliver high quality coordinated environmental education across the states in EPA Region 8. All of the states in this region have been working towards assessment-driven environmental literacy initiatives that serve EPA’s educational and environmental priorities.

Environmental Literacy in Colorado is defined as an individual’s understanding of how their actions and decisions affect the environment so they can act on that understanding in a responsible and effective manner. The Colorado Environmental Education Plan, expected to be adopted in 2012, is setting the direction for environmental literacy initiatives in the state. Strategies in the plan include building awareness and sharing standards-based environmental education tools, resources, and expertise, which is the focus of this request for proposals. Find out more about the strategies in the Draft Colorado Environmental Education Plan athttp://www.cde.state.co.us/otl/environmentaleducationplan.htm. Successful proposals will address strategies outlined in the plan, demonstrate inclusive environmental education, and include a component that can be shared or disseminated among the environmental education community and through the Online Network for Environmental Education at www.coloradoee.org

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