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Students Recognized for Contributing To Healthier Environment

Release Date: 04/20/2007
Contact Information: Enesta Jones, (202) 564-4355 / jones.enesta@epa.gov; En español: Lina Younes, (202) 564-9924 / younes.lina@epa.gov

(Washington, D.C. - April 20, 2007) EPA is recognizing young people from around the country today at the 2006 President's Environmental Youth Awards (PEYA) for their contributions in promoting environmental awareness and community involvement in such issues as recycling, energy efficiency, climate change and water conservation.

EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson and former EPA Administrator William D. Ruckelshaus presented the awards.

"Earth Day serves as an annual reminder to all Americans that environmental responsibility is everyone's responsibility," said EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson. "These Presidential Environmental Youth Award winners have proven that even the youngest among us can take real action to improve our world."

Winners were selected from among applicants to EPA's 10 regional offices. Regional EPA panels judge projects on environmental need, accomplishment of goals, long-term environmental benefits and positive impact on local communities. The panels also consider project design, coordination, implementation, innovation and soundness of approach. The winners come from Durham, Conn.; Humacao, Puerto Rico; Oakland, Md.; Placida, Fla.; Toluca, Ill.; Edmond and Guthrie, Okla.; Grand Island, Neb.; Salt Lake City, Utah; Chandler, Ariz.; and Anchorage, Alaska.

PEYA has been presented annually since 1971 to honor students in kindergarten through twelfth grade who develop innovative environmental projects.

Winners and project descriptions: http://www.epa.gov/enviroed/peya/peya2006.html