Presidential Innovation Award entries are open for environmental educators

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in partnership with the White House Council on Environmental Quality, currently is accepting applications for the third annual Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators.

The award recognizes outstanding K- 12 teachers and their local education agencies nationwide for excellence in integrating environmental education into their lessons and demonstrating the connection between health and the environment for their students.

Successful applicants demonstrate creativity, innovation, community engagement and leadership as students learn more about civic responsibility and environmental stewardship.

Past winners have increased student participation in local watershed cleanup efforts, created school-wide recycling programs, and implemented green land stewardship practices. Winners went on to use their awards to bring high-tech science equipment into the classroom and expand the number of students on field trips and in labs.

Applicants have until Feb. 28 to apply for the award under updated criteria released in November. Up to 20 teachers nationwide will receive award plaques and a financial award of $2,000 to support their professional development in environmental education. Each teacher’s school also will receive a $2,000 award to help fund environmental education activities and programs that support the teacher.

Winners will be considered for the National Environmental Education Foundation’s Richard C. Bartlett award, which recognizes outstanding teachers who engage students in interdisciplinary solutions to environmental challenges.

More information about the program and how to apply is available at <

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