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EPA Administrator Christie Whitman Honors Environmental Achievements of Community Groups in U.S. Virgin Islands; Educators, Community Group and Youth Program in Virgin Islands Recognized for Environmental Accomplishments
Release Date: 04/16/2001
|(#01039) New York, New York – As part of its celebration of Earth Day, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Christie Whitman honored environmental educators and community groups from the U.S. Virgin Islands for their achievements in protecting the environment and human health. Administrator Whitman presented the winners with EPA Environmental Quality Awards and a President’s Environmental Youth Award and was the keynote speaker at the ceremony held today at the EPA’s Region 2 offices in New York City.
The EQAs are EPA’s way of taking its hat off to those who work the hardest to preserve and protect our environment and public health. The PEYAs recognize the outstanding environmental achievements of young people.
EPA Region 2 presents Environmental Quality Awards annually to individuals, nonprofit groups, educators, business people, government officials and journalists from New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands who have made significant contributions to improving the quality of the environment in the Region. Winners are chosen by a panel of EPA employees who review nominations submitted from inside and outside the Agency.
The winners of the 2001 Environmental Quality Awards from the U.S. Virgin Islands are:
Conservation Data Center
Non-Profit Organization, Environmental or Community Group
Boys and Girls Club of St. Thomas
The Winner of the 2001 President’s Environmental Youth Awards
Working under the sponsorship of the St. Thomas/St. John Anti-litter and Beautification Project, 56 students enrolled in the Clean and Preen Summer Program organized the Benner Bay Project to clean up the bay on the southeastern end of St. Thomas. Nearly 600 bags of garbage as well as tires, boat engines, batteries, refrigerators, freezers, plywood, radiators, galvanized aluminum, and bathtubs were collected through the project. The work opened up space for mangroves and seagrass beds critical to marine and wildlife and taught students about the effects of litter. The publicity they gathered also raised awareness among the general public about the litter problem, instilling a community-wide sense of responsibility for the island’s environment.