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EPA Region 4 Announces Award Recipient of 2011 Presidents Environmental Youth Award (PEYA)

Release Date: 04/20/2012
Contact Information: Dawn Harris-Young, (404) 562-8421, harris-young.dawn@epa.gov

ATLANTA – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4 announced today that Andrew Day from Fort Valley, GA was selected as the 2011 President’s Environmental Youth Award (PEYA) recipient. Andrew will be presented the PEYA award by EPA Regional Administrator Gwen Keyes Fleming, at the “Downtown Atlanta Cleanup Challenge Celebration” at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, GA on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 11:00 am EST.

Mr. Day’s award winning project focused on the formation of a Youth-Run Environmental Club, called Choosing to Lead Environmental Action Now (C.L.E.A.N.). Mr. Day initiated this club as a way to help the community of Hawkinsville, GA and inspire and encourage others to do the same. The primary goals of the C.L.E.A.N. Club are tagging storm drains in the community, educating the community, and having a youth-led and run club that promotes environmentalism and positive impact for the community. Club activities also allow Mr. Day to present current environmental issues to his peers, organize educational presentations and trips, and arrange community service projects to clean up the environment.

The PEYA program promotes awareness of our nation’s natural resources and encourages positive community involvement. Since 1971, the President of the United States has joined with EPA to recognize young people across the U.S. for protecting our nation’s air, water, land, and ecology. It is one of the most important ways EPA and the Administration demonstrate commitment to environmental stewardship efforts created and conducted by our nation’s young people.

For more information on the PEYA Award visit: http://www.epa.gov/peya/