EPA Announces Dallas Student Wins President’s Environmental Youth Award
DALLAS, TEXAS – (September 1, 2022) The Environmental Protection Agency Region 6 is pleased to announce the winner of the President’s Environmental Youth Award, Grade 6-12 category Spencer Jackson Burke of Dallas, Texas. Spence has led multi-year conservation projects to help native solitary bee species.
“We are happy to see the next generation take such an interest in preserving our environment,” Regional Administrator Dr. Earthea Nance. “Spencer’s projects showed a strong aptitude for leadership and compassion. We congratulate Spencer on his accomplishments and look forward to how his contributions will increase and strengthen the bee population which is so important to agriculture, food and our planet.”
Since the establishment of the original Environmental Education Act of 1970, The President’s Environmental Youth Award (PEYA) Program has recognized outstanding community-level environmental projects by K-12 youth for almost 50 years. PEYA continues to promote awareness of natural resources and encourages positive community involvement. Each year, PEYA honors a wide-variety of local-level projects developed by students, school classes, summer camp attendees and youth organizations to promote engagement in environmental stewardship and protection. Students in all 50 states and U.S. territories are invited to participate in the program.