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The Presidents Environmental Youth Awards
  Young people in all fifty states and the U.S. territories are
invited to participate in the President's Environmental Youth
Awards Program, which offers them, individually and collec-
tively, an opportunity to become an environmental force within
their community.

  The President's Environmental Youth Awards Program
encourages individuals, school classes, schools, summer camps,
public interest groups, and youth organizations to promote local
environmental awareness and to channel this awareness into
positive community involvement.
Carol M. Browner
                                                   "Environmental protection
                                                   begins with environmental
                                                   education.  Only by learn-
                                                   ing how we relate to our
                                                   environment can we con-
                                                   tribute to making and keep-
                                                   ing the world around us a
                                                   safer, cleaner place to

United States Environmental Protection Agency
President's Environmental Youth Awards Application          ™fi,,e7o~^
Name 	;	:     	•-• '"'     	
City	:	:	  State 	 Zip 	
Project: Describe project and results achieved.
Date project was started	:	and ended
Did project receive press coverage?	    If "yes", attach press clippings.
Number of certificates required      '	
On a separate sheet of paper, please list the name(s), addresses, ages, and grades of individuals qualifying for awards.
Print or type the name(s).
Signature(s) of sponsor(s) - Must be signed by adult sponsor(s).
Name	      Name
Street 	      Street
City, State, Zip	:	_      City, State, Zip
Home and business telephone  	      Home and business telephone

EPA Regional Offices
EPA Region 1

JFK Federal Building
Boston, MA 02203
617-565-9447 or FAX: 617-565-3415
Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New
Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont

EPA Region 2

290 Broadway
New York, NY 10007
212-637-3678 or FAX: 212-637-4445
New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, Virgin

EPA Region 3

841 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA  19107
215-566-5527 or FAX: 215-566-5102
Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia,
West Virginia, District of Columbia

EPA Region 4

61 Forsyth Street, SW
Atlanta, GA 30303
404-562-8314 or FAX: 404-562-8335
Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Missis-
sippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennes-

EPA Region 5

77 West Jackson Boulevard (PI-195)
Chicago, IL  60604
312-353-5789 or FAX: 312-353-1155
Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio,
EPA Region 6

1445 Ross Avenue
Dallas, TX  75202-2733
214-655-7185 or FAX: 214-655-2118
Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma,

EPA Region 7

726 Minnesota Avenue
Kansas City, KS  66101
913-551-7003 or FAX: 913-551-7066
Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska

EPA Region 8

One Denver Place
999 18th Street
Denver, CO 80202-2405
303-312-6605 or FAX: 303-312-6961
Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South
Dakota, Utah, Wyoming
EPA Region 9

75 Hawthorne Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
415-744-1166 or FAX: 415-744-1072
Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, American
Samoa, Guam, Commonwealth of Northern
Mariana Islands

EPA Region 10

1200 Sixth Avenue
Seattle, WA  98101
(206) 553-1207 or 1-800-424-4EPA
FAX: 206-553-1809
Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington

    Project Examples
      On the island of Maui, is an ancient
   royal Hawaiian fishpond called Kanaha
   Pond that had became overgrown and was
   being used as a dump. Six members of Girl
   Scout Cadette troop 460 cut overgrown
   bushes and trees, removed tons of trash,
   pulled weeds and reintrodiiced native
   grasses and plants. Native waterfowl
   including the rare Hawaiian Stilt have
   returned to Kanaha Pond.
      In Colorado, Hygiene Elementary School
   project SOS-Save: our Species-was a year-
   long study of wildlife and global habitats of
   endangered species.  They designed and
   published an endangered species calendar, a
   50-page coloring book, a conservation
   newspaper, and ten global habitat books.
   Every hallway was converted into a "hall-
   way habitat" such as an Asian jungle or
   coral reef. Over 1,000 people attended their
   community environmental festival.
      Future Farmers of america (FFA)
   members  of Morgan County High School in
   Georgia started an environmental awareness
   program "Recycle Soon It's Vital to Our
Planet (RSVP)."  They built and continued to
operate the first country-wide recycling center-
reducing the amount of trash in the landfill by
300,000 pounds.  They used the
proceeds to construct and maintain
an Outdoor Environmental Study
Area and Classroom. This area
consists of a three- acre "wildlife
habitat" centered around a once
nonexistent, one-acre pond. They
drafted a state resolution, House
Bill No. 168, that was passed by the
State Legislature  to encourage all
citizens in Georgia to recycle and to
respect the environment.
   Boy Scout Troop 152 of
Fayetteville, New York  worked to
revive a stream erosion abatement
project at the Carpenter's Brook
Fish Hatchery.  On week-ends they
camped out on the grounds of the
hatchery and worked in shifts to      1^^_
construct a dam using natural log materials.  The
dam provides food, shelter and
living space for the trout that inhabit the stream.
     Kendal Maalea
  tackles some of the
tangled brush around
      Kanaha Pond.

 How The Program Works
   The program has two components: The
 regional certificate program and the national
 awards competition. Regional certificates are
 awarded by the Regional Offices of the U.S.
 Environmental Protection Agency. The national
 award winners are selected by the Regional
 Offices and their recognition program is admin-
 istered by EPA Headquarters in Washington,

 Regional Certificate Program
   The sponsor must complete the attached
 application and mail it to the appropriate EPA
 Regional Office (see listing on back of brochure).
 The regional certificate program is conducted
 year-round; therefore, applications for the
 regional program can be submitted at any time.
   If a project is completed in the regional
 component of the program, all participants will
 receive certificates signed by the President of the
 United States, honoring them for their efforts in
 environmental protection

 National Awards Competition

   One outstanding project from each of the ten
 EPA Regions is selected for national recognition.
   National individual project winners, or one
representative from a national award-winning
   group project, along with one project sponsor,
   will be honored by EPA Headquarters, Washing-
   ton, D.C.

   Application Procedures
      Although creativity is encouraged, applica-
   tions must conform to the following guidelines:
   •  The sponsor(s) MUST sign and date the

   •  The application must summarize the project in
   no less than three, and no more than five 8-1/2
   by 11 inch pages, not including supporting
   materials. These supporting materials may
   include mounted photographs, news clippings,
   and other supplemental items such as full texts of
   scientific papers. Typed (doubled spaced)
   applications are encouraged.  Applicants should
   type or write only on  one side of each sheet.
   •  Applicants are strongly urged to follow the
   specific criteria that the Regional Awards Panel
   will use Jo evaluate applications. (See Judging
   Criteria).  Because judges cannot visit projects,
   students are encouraged to include photographs,
   newspaper articles, and other supporting materi-
   als with their applications.  This will help the
  judging panel to gain a more comprehensive
   view of a project.

                       (Continued on back page)

                        •  On a separate sheet of paper, attached to the
                        three - five page application, list the group name
                        (if applicable), names of individuals and ad-
                        dresses of all project participants and sponsors.
                        Also list the project name if it has one. The
                        sponsor's home and work telephone numbers and
                        signature must appear on this sheet.
Boy Scout Troop 152
constructing a small log
dam called a pool digger
to enhance fish habitat
and deal with stream
erosion problems
How To Apply


   To be eligible, a young person, or group of
young persons, must have completed an environ-
mental project while in grades kindergarten
through 12, and the project must be sponsored by
at least one adult representative of their school,
camp, youth group, or public interest group.

Application Deadline

   To participate in the annual national awards
competition, projects must be completed by July
31 of the award year; applications must be mailed
to the appropriate Regional Office; and applica-
tions must be postmarked by July 31 or earlier of
the same award year. Do not mail the applica-
tion to EPA Headquarters  in Washington, D.C.
Judging Criteria

   Each Regional Awards Panel will judge
projects on:
• The environmental need for the project.
• The environmental appropriateness  of the
• Accomplishment of goals.
• The long-term environmental benefits derived
from the project.
• Positive environmental impact on the local
community and society.
• The extent to which the project was designed,
coordinated, and implemented due to  the young
person's or persons' initiative.
• The positive ways in which other groups or
individuals were involved to provide funds,
resources, or publicity.
• Innovation.
• Soundness of approach, rationale, and scien-
tific design (if applicable).
• Clarity and effectiveness of presentation

Role of Sponsor

    The adult sponsor plays an important role in
helping a young person or group of young people
carry out their projects and apply for  awards.
Sponsors should offer suggestions and advice on:
• Developing a sound approach to the project.
• Project implementation.
• Working with other groups and individuals in
the community.
 • Completing the application form(s) and
preparing accompanying  materials.
    The sponsor must be an adult and can be a
teacher, youth group advisor, summer camp
 counselor, or community leader.  Young people
must work closely with the sponsor(s) throughout
the project and application procedures. Ques-
 tions not answered by this brochure can be
 directed to your state's EPA regional  office.

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                                                                         President's Environmental Youth Awards Program.
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