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Environmental Education

The Environmental Education (EE) Program in EPA's Pacific Southwest regional office (Region 9) is committed to providing educational resources for educators, students, youth groups and community or environmental organizations. As a part of EPA's National Office of Environmental Education, Region 9 offers two competitive grants programs, sponsors youth and teacher awards programs, and promotes environmental education publications and websites for classroom use.

What's New in Environmental Education

Easy Tips to "Green" the Holiday Season!
The amount of household garbage in the United States can increase by 25 percent between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day—from 4 million tons to 5 million tons!
Learn how to reduce waste and green your Holidays.

Awards and Contests with Upcoming Deadlines
EPA's National program recognizes the environmental efforts and accomplishments of students in grades K-12.

  • President's Environmental Youth Award (PEYA) for K-12 Students—application deadline December 31, 2011: Your project, or one you sponsor, could be an award winner. Encourage one or more students you know to apply for a PEYA and see what a difference they can make for the environment with an award-winning project. Applicants from all 50 states and U.S. territories are eligible to compete for an award for special recognition and a presidential plaque.
    Apply for PEYA.
  • EPA Launches New (Monetary) Awards Program for Teachers and Their Schools: The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), in partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is proud to announce the 2011-2012 Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators. As discussed in the “America’s Great Outdoors: A Promise to Future Generations” report, in order to make environmental stewardship and conservation relevant to young Americans, environmental and place-based, experiential learning must be integrated into school curricula and school facility management across the country. This program recognizes outstanding K-12 teachers who employ innovative approaches to environmental education and use the environment as a context for learning for their students. Two teachers from each EPA Region will be selected to receive this award.

    Applications must be submitted by January 31, 2012, 11:59:59 pm Eastern Time. Electronic and hard copies must be received within 10 days of the submission deadline to be eligible.
    Find out how to apply.

  • In collaberation with EPA, the National Archives invites students ages 13 and up to seek inspiration from one of these photos and start creating the next generation of Documerica records. In the 1970s, The Environmental Protection Agency hired freelance photographers to capture environmental issues and challenges in the United States. Forty years later, we are still concerned with how we treat the world we live in. The National Archives invites students ages 13 and up to seek inspiration from one of these photos and start creating the next generation of Documerica records.

    Three categories of submissions--graphic art, videos, and poetry--will be judged in three age divisions: 13-15, 16-18, and 18+ students, including college and graduate students.
    Entries accepted now through January 6, 2012.
    View contest details online. Exiting EPA (disclaimer)

Announcing EPA’s New Students’ Blog:
Teachers, students, parents, tell us your favorite website about nature, plants, or water. We might write a blog about it. We can help you get started writing your own blog entry about an environmental service project. This blog is a place where you can read about what kids are doing to protect the environment. You will also read about contests and cool environmental sites. Comment on our posts and tell us about all the great things you are doing to help the environment. Teachers and parents, visit the blog to find out about all the great things kids are doing for the environment and how you can help them become future environmentalists! From this blog you can check out our new students’ site, which includes resources for both students and teachers.
Visit EPA Students’ Blog.

Upcoming Environmental Education Grants Opportunities
The Grants Program sponsored by EPA's Office of External Affairs and Environmental Education (OEAEE) supports environmental education projects that enhance the public's awareness, knowledge, and skills to help people make informed decisions that affect environmental quality (see, below). Look for the EPA EE Grants Solicitation Notice, due to be posted in the near future.
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Region 9 Grants, Awards, and Educational Publications and Resources

Environmental Education Grants in Region 9
Recent grant profiles and find out how to obtain funding

President's Environmental Youth Awards Program
Be recognized for your environmental education projects.

Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators
Monetary awards program for teachers and their schools

Educational Publications and Resources
Access student blog and teacher resources

EPA Environmental Education Sites

Games, Videos and Quizzes
Go here for fun activities and games and lots of information for kids in grades K-6.

Recycle City
Join a fun, interactive journey through a town of colorful characters who really love to cut waste and prevent pollution.

Student/Teacher Center
Access student blog, find fun interactive activities, and learn about environmental topics and resources for students and teachers.

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