The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized a Powell, Ohio, high school student’s extraordinary efforts to divert thousands of pounds of electronic waste from landfills with the 2011 regional President’s Environmental Youth Award. EPA presented Sachin Rudraraju with the award on May 22 at the Solid Waste Agency of Central Ohio annual awards recognition event in Columbus.
The President’s Environmental Youth Awards program is an annual contest sponsored by EPA to honor creative environmental projects developed and implemented by K-12 students. One outstanding project from each region is selected for national recognition.
Sachin founded the Community Recycling Campaign to raise awareness about the environmental impacts of electronic waste, provide alternative solutions to costly computer recycling programs and offer a service to make recycling easier. CRC volunteers refurbish salvageable computers and electronics and donate them to local charities, keeping electronic waste out of landfills.
President’s Environmental Youth Award Projects are developed by young individuals, school classes (K-12), summer camps and youth organizations to promote environmental stewardship. Thousands of young people from all 50 states and the U.S. territories have participated in the program. The winning regional project was chosen from entries submitted by students in EPA Region 5’s six states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.
More information about the President’s Environmental Youth Awards is available on EPA’s website: http://www.epa.gov/peya.