Ontario recycling initiative issues school challenge

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Average fourth-graders generate their weight in lunch room garbage annually, according to the Recycling Council of Ontario.

Bringing that number down is one of the environmental issues the province’s Back to School challenge is asking students to tackle this school year.

The initiative, championed by Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna, is a set of 10 eco-friendly ideas that students and parents can follow to reduce their eco-footprints.

Presidential Environmental Youth Award (PEYA)

The PEYA program promotes awareness of our nation’s natural resources and encourages positive community involvement. Since 1971, the President of the United States has joined with EPA to recognize young people across the U.S. for protecting our nation’s air, water, land, and ecology. Up to two awards – one for Grades K-5 and one for Grades 6-12—will be selected from each of EPA’s 10 regions for national recognition. Projects are developed by young individuals, school groups, summer camps, and other youth organizations to promote environmental stewardship.

Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators (PIAEE)

This award recognizes outstanding K-12 teachers who employ innovative approaches to environmental education and use the environment as a context for learning.   Award winners receive up to $2,500 to continue their professional development in environmental education. Additionally, the teacher’s local education agency will receive up to $2,500 to fund environmental educational activities and programs. Read about projects by previous winners at https://www.epa.gov/education/presidential-innovation-award-environmental-educators-piaee-winners.

Wege Prize 2017 Student Design Competition

Wege Prize is an annual, transdisciplinary design competition challenging teams of five college or university students from around the world to develop a product, service or business/non-profit organization that can help transition our current linear economic model to a circular economic model, a tightly-looped, restorative economic cycle in which resources can be re-adapted for use without limiting the desirability of products or the flow of revenue. Teams will contend for $30,000 in total cash prizes. The deadline for team registration is Nov. 30.

EPA Seeks Nominations for the 2017 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced its call for nominations for the 2017 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards for companies or institutions that have developed a new process or product helping to protect public health and the environment.

“Green chemistry innovations couple scientific brilliance with the entrepreneurial spirit that are helping to solve environmental challenges,” said Jim Jones, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. “This year, we look forward to receiving another round of outstanding nominations to continue the tradition of making manufacturing processes and every day products safer to use.”

Green chemistry is the design of chemical products and processes that reduce the generation and use of chemicals that are hazardous to the environment and people’s health. Nominations for innovative technologies featuring greener chemicals and products, are due to the agency by December 31, 2016.

In June 2017, EPA anticipates giving five awards to outstanding green chemistry technologies in traditional categories and a sixth award to a green chemistry technology that addresses climate change.

Since the inception of the program, EPA has received more than 1700 nominations and presented awards to developers of 109 technologies. This program has helped cut hazardous solvents and chemicals by more than 826 million pounds, saved 21 billion gallons of water, and eliminated 7.8 billion pounds of carbon dioxide releases to air.

More information about past award winners and instructions on submitting entries is at: http://www.epa.gov/greenchemistry

2016 Siskiyou Prize for New Environmental Literature

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“New environmental literature” refers to literary works that focus on the environment, animal protection, ecology, and wildlife.

The organizers are looking for work that redefines notions of environmentalism and sustainability, particularly when it comes to animal protection. They are not seeking books about hunting, fishing, or eating animals—unless they are analogous to a good anti-war novel being all about war. Under these basic guidelines, however, they’re open to reading a wide range of fiction and nonfiction with environmental and animal themes.

The winner will receive:

    • A cash award of $1,000


  • A four-week residency at PLAYA


The contest is open to published or unpublished full-length prose manuscripts, including novels, memoirs, short story collections, and essay collections.

Manuscripts should be approximately 40,000 to 90,000 words (i.e., please do not send novellas or individual essays or stories; please also note the contest is not open to poetry or children’s books).

Published books eligible for the prize must have been published within the past five (5) years; books published in the year 2010 or earlier are not eligible.

Manuscripts must be received between September 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016.