Does your third-grader have a great idea for conserving resources? Is your son's Boy Scout troop working on a cool project to protect your local environment? Is your daughter campaigning to green her school?
If so, your child may be eligible for the 2011 President's Environmental Youth Awards (PEYA), which recognize individuals, school classes and kids' clubs and organizations for protecting our nation's air, water, land and ecology.
The program has two components: the regional certificate program and the regional award winner. Regional certificates are awarded by each of the regional offices of the Environmental Protection Agency. Each regional office also selects one first-place project as its regional award winner. The 10 regional award winners receive national recognition and a presidential plaque.
Past winners have covered a wide range of eco-topics including environmental science projects, recycling programs in schools and communities, construction of nature preserves, major tree planting programs, and the creation of a community-wide environmental newsletter.
Projects must be postmarked by Dec. 31, 2011. Program guidelines, eligibility information and applications are available at the PEYA website.