Iowa students who come up with creative ways to keep the planet green are eligible to enter the President’s Environmental Youth Awards before the month is out. Denise Morrison, with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, says the program honors projects developed by students across the region — in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska.
It’s an annual competition where students can submit environmental projects they’ve been working on all year. One project is selected from each region and if the project is chosen as national award winner, the student will receive a trip to Washington D.C. to be recognized by President Obama.
Morrison says they see lots of innovative student projects every year. She says a lot of recycling projects have to do with water, trying to find creative ways to save water and use energy efficiently. The competition is for students in grades K-12. All projects must be postmarked by December 31st to be considered for the competition. Applications are available on-line at the federal E-P-A website.