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Teachers: Student Awards & Grants

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These resources provide information on awards, grants, and scholarships available through government agencies at the Federal, state, and local levels, in addition to private organizations.

President’s Environmental Youth Awards
This EPA program recognizes young people across America for projects that demonstrate their commitment to the environment. Young people in all 50 states and the US territories are invited to participate.

***Note that some award programs are also sponsored at the regional and local levels. For more information on youth award programs and scholarships, contact the Environmental Education Coordinators at each of EPA’s regional offices, or contact your state environmental department.

Internships, Fellowships, and Student Programs
EPA has several programs to provide opportunities to students interested in environmentally-related fields of study.

Earth Island Institute - Brower Youth Awards Exit EPA
The Brower Youth Awards are among the nation’s most prestigious recognition programs for environmental activists ages 13 to 22. These environmental awards for youth activists carry with them a substantial cash prize and ongoing leadership development.

Gloria Barron Prize Exit EPA
The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes honors outstanding young leaders who have made a significant positive difference to people and our planet. Each year, ten winners are selected nationwide. Half of the winners have focused on helping their communities and fellow beings; half have focused on protecting the health and sustainability of the environment.

Student Awards Exit EPA
The blog site provides information for students and teachers looking for opportunities to participate in environmental award programs. Options range from essay contests to community service projects.

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Tips to reduce waste

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Tips to reduce waste
  • Use products made with recycled materials
  • Use energy-efficient light bulbs and rechargeable batteries
  • Shop with cloth bags
  • Reuse plastic bags, cups, containers, etc.
  • Repair items instead of throwing them away.
  • Compost your food and yard waste.

Learn more about reducing, reusing, and recycling.

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