EPA Administrator Wheeler and White House CEQ Chairman Neumayr Honor Over 200 Teachers And…

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler and White House Council of Environmental Quality (CEQ) Chairman Mary Neumayr announced the 2019 awardees of the Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators (PIAEE) and the President’s Environmental Youth Award (PEYA) during an awards ceremony at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C.“The Presidential Environmental Education Awards Ceremony is a day I look forward to each year because it is a time when we honor some of the best and brightest in environmental education and stewardship,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “This year, CEQ Chairman Mary Neumayr joined me in celebrating our 200 student and teacher winners who represent excellence in environmental protection. Congratulations and thank you to all our winners for their dedication to protecting human health and the environment.”“It was a pleasure to join Administrator Wheeler today as we recognized the achievements of students and teachers from across the country who are promoting environmental stewardship and furthering environmental education in their communities and schools,” said CEQ Chairman Neumayr. “These students are our nation’s next generation of leaders and are doing outstanding work.”From across the country, 19 educators and 200 students were recognized for their remarkable efforts that promote environmental education and stewardship. Eleven educators received the Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators, and eight educators were recognized with an honorable mention distinction. Additionally, the 200 student award recipients – who worked as a team or individually on 17 projects – received the President’s Environmental Youth Award.  Altogether, EPA received 162 project applications from 26 states.Teacher and student awardees presented their projects at a poster session for attendees and EPA leadership, and EPA program offices hosted the “EPA Student Information Fair,” during which students and teachers interacted with staff to learn more about the agency’s work.Established by the 1990 National Environmental Education Act, the PEYA program promotes local environmental awareness among our nation’s youth and encourages positive community involvement. EPA Headquarters works with staff located in EPA’s 10 regional offices in the selection of award recipients across the country.Also established by the 1990 National Environmental Education Act, PIAEE supports, encourages and nationally honors outstanding kindergarten through high school educators who integrate environmental and place-based, experiential learning into school curricula and school facility management across the country. Under the act, the White House CEQ assists EPA in administering the awards program.The PIAEE program seeks to recognize, support and bring public attention to the outstanding environmental projects performed by these innovative teachers who go beyond textbook instruction to incorporate methods and materials that utilize creative experiences and enrich student learning. The program recognizes up to 20 elementary and secondary (K-12) education teachers, school administrators, and their local education agencies and provides funding to help support those educators in their environmental education work.PIAEE Winners:Region 2Aaron BakerHigh Point Regional High SchoolSussex, New JerseyAnnMarie MillsIslip Middle SchoolIslip, New YorkRegion 3Brittany L. BauerWyoming County East High SchoolNew Richmond, West VirginiaJared FritzingerOld Donation SchoolVirginia Beach, VirginiaRegion 4Nancy PlattJames B. Edwards Elementary SchoolMount Pleasant, South CarolinaCarrie Settles LiversBrookwood High SchoolSnellville, GeorgiaRegion 5Jennifer A. HeyerCedar Ridge Elementary SchoolEden Prairie, MinnesotaRegion 6Ryan D. BeelerSpring Woods High SchoolHouston, TexasRegion 8Amy R. WilliamsPolson Middle SchoolPolson, MontanaRegion 9Jacqueline OmaniaOxford Elementary SchoolBerkeley, CaliforniaRegion 10Anne K. McHughFranklin High SchoolPortland, OregonThe following teachers were recognized as PIAEE honorable mention recipients:Region 3Matthew SturdivantOdyssey Charter SchoolWilmington, DelawareRegion 4Missy EasonPine Grove Elementary SchoolValdosta, GeorgiaElaine FioreBeachside Montessori VillageHollywood, FloridaRegion 6Isabel AnayaCharles L. Kuentz, Jr. Elementary SchoolHelotes, TexasAllison AdkinsonTarver-Rendon Elementary SchoolBurleson, TexasRegion 8Caitlin WebbDixon SchoolDixon, MontanaRegion 9Rachna NathArizona College Preparatory – Erie CampusChandler, ArizonaKelly PorterEdison High SchoolHuntington Beach, CaliforniaPEYA Winners:Region 1Award Category: Grade 6-12  Generation GrowersTeam Members: Ava, Ella, Lila, Claire, Amelia, Madeleine, Beckett, Teaghan, Colby, Isabelle, Teddy, Lydia, Michael, Keigan, Annie, Carina, Emma, Sinead, Evan, Spencer, Lucy, Addison, Joey, Melanie, Gabby, Stella, Brooke, Ellie, Natalie, Olivia, and NellMassachusettsRegion 2Award Category: Grade 6-12Light and Hope for Puerto Ricoby SalvadorPuerto RicoRegion 3 Award Category: Grade 6-12  Friends of the EarthTeam Members: Sebastian, Hannaha, Destany, Zoe, Myranda, Emily, Hailey, Taylor, David, Nathan, Hailey, Brenda, Amy, Angela, and BryceWest VirginiaRegion 4Award Category: Grade K-5 Bobcat Up! Reduce, Reuse, RecycleTeam Members: Ben, Kayla, Eva, Gabriela, and SabrinaFloridaAward Category: Grade 6-12 The Fishes Wishesby RyanFloridaRegion 5Award Category: Grade K-5Recycling Trailblazer by LaneOhioAward Category: Grade 6-12Aquatic Robotics/Invasive Species EducationTeam Members: Robert, Zakari, Brooklyn, James, Jack, Arnold, Ernest, Kevin, Carly, and KirbyMinnesotaRegion 6Award Category: Grade K-5Harveyville Recycling TeamTeam Members: Ahmad, Reyna, Marley, Jayleen, Jamie, Sophia, Evelyn, Aiden, Mario, Zevin, Kaitlyn, and EstrellaTexasAward Category: Grade 6-12Northern Bobwhite Quail Reintroduction Project by TrevorTexasRegion 7Award Category: Grade K-5Getting Markers Out of Landfills by JoslynNebraskaAward Category: Grade 6-12Pollinator ParadiseTeam Members: Drake, Evan, Zachary, Peyton, Abigail, Riley, Katherine, Wyatt, Carlei, Elaine, Lucas, Makayla, Calvin, Zoe, Grant, Lindy, Alexander, Elijah, Zachariah, Carson, Evan, Madison, Cohen, Katie, Alexandria, Haley, Josephine, Joseph, Cale, Rose, William, Chase, Eliana, Peyton, Ashton, Alexander, James, Gwendolyn, Gavin, Caiden, Colby, Jack, Elsa, Jane, James, Hope, Liam, Landry, Sawyer, Sierra, Katelyn, Jackson, Karter, William, Bryson, Alex, Will, Henry, Audri, Abigail, Isaac, Dakota, Jillian, Vincent, Lilian, Landon, Kyah, Joshua, Hallie, Henry, Noah, Cohen, Emma, Gage, Cason, Liliana, Caiden, Kalie, Gracie, Annabelle, Mason, and ConnorMissouriRegion 8Award Category: Grade K-5Green Team SuperheroesTeam Members: Aiden, Brady, Henry, Jackson, Alyssa, Madison, Annikah, Reagan, Samuel, Campbell, Julianne, Dillon, GenevieveColoradoAward Category: Grade 6-12Development of a Novel Tool for Monitoring Soil Health and Contamination by KylanColoradoRegion 9Award Category: Grade K-5Whalemanji: Welcome to the Ocean – an integrated project to help support the Humpback WhaleTeam Members: Electra, Luke, Rocco, Robert, Tej, Kinsey, Samantha, Kadence, Emilia, Luc, Isabelle, Izaak, Madison, Cisco, Cavan, Elyse, and NashCaliforniaAward Category: Grade 6-12The Healthy Freedom CampaignTeam Members: Lila, Zion, Felix, Kohana, and NikitaCaliforniaRegion 10Award Category: Grade K-5Worm Soup and Growing GreenTeam Members: Kamryn, Samantha, Aaron, and EmelynWashingtonAward Category: Grade 6-12Restoration and Preservation of Deer Creek in the Aftermath of the Beaver Creek Fire by HunterIdaholast_img read more