The Makers of Green Works Natural Cleaners Announce The 2010 Green Heroes Grant Winners

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Public votes help award six Green Heroes grants totaling $60,000 from the makers of Green Works® natural cleaners to community champions across America

Through the Green Heroes Grant Program we're glad to be able to give back to those individuals and organizations that are making a profound difference in their communities. It's been inspiring to see how people across America have rallied to help support the Green Heroes in their communities.

The makers of Green Works® natural cleaners, with help from Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots, the Jane Goodall Institute's global environmental and humanitarian program for youth of all ages, are celebrating Earth Day by giving a total of $60,000 in Green Heroes grants to individuals, organizations and schools that are making their communities better, and greener, places to live.

The winners, selected by a public vote that attracted more than 20,000 votes, include:

  • Youth Leader/Organization: This category recognizes innovative programs that are led or coordinated by youth ages 13-17.
  • First place: Boston Latin School Youth Climate Action Network (Boston, MA) - The group proposes varieties of vegetation, green technologies, a green house, and outdoor classrooms that allow students to engage with the big ideas of sustainability.
  • Runner-up: Girl Scouts of Central Illinois Troop 5119 (Quincy, IL) - The troop is working to enhance the existing arboretum of John Woods Community College (JWCC) to include interactive educational features targeting community children and youth.
  • Adult Leader/Organization: Individual leaders - aged 18 and over - and non-profit organizations.
  • First Place: Philadelphia Orchard Project (Philadelphia, PA) - The organization works with community-based groups to transform neglected urban spaces into vibrant community-owned organic orchards filled with useful and edible plants.
  • Runner-up: Buffalo ReUse (Buffalo, NY) - Buffalo ReUse is a non-profit green demolition and salvage company specializing in vacant lot transformations.
  • School Organization: This category recognizes innovative environmental programs that are coordinated by a school or a teacher.
  • First Place: Mariposa Elementary School of Global Education (Agoura, CA) - Mariposa Elementary School of Global Education is an alternative school in the Las Virgenes Unified School District that teaches children through experiential, project-based lessons focused on global learning and the environment.
  • Runner-up: Roger Bacon High School Science Department (Cincinnati, OH) - The science department is active in a variety of environmental projects including the recycling and refurbishing of small consumer electronics and the creation of model cars powered by hydrogen fuel cells.

The final six Green Heroes were determined by consumers who voted online (http://www.facebook.com/greenworks) for their favorite Green Heroes Grant Program finalist between March 18 and April 18, 2010. The two finalists in each category with the most votes won a $15,000 first-prize and a $5,000 runner-up grant. Additionally, the first-place winner in the school category also received a special educational experience from Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots.

"Earth Day is about inspiring awareness and appreciation for our environment," said David Kargas, senior group manager of public relations for Green Works natural cleaners. "Through the Green Heroes Grant Program we're glad to be able to give back to those individuals and organizations that are making a profound difference in their communities. It's been inspiring to see how people across America have rallied to help support the Green Heroes in their communities."

The makers of Green Works natural cleaners began the search for America's next Green Heroes on January 19, 2010, by asking people to nominate those who are making their communities a greener place. Out of the nearly 400 entries received, 15 preliminary finalists were selected by a panel of judges that included representatives from the Jane Goodall Institute and the makers of Green Works natural cleaners. The public was then given the opportunity to vote for the finalist they felt deserved a Green Heroes grant.

"We're thrilled by the amount of support the Roots & Shoots network generated for this year's Green Heroes Grant Program," said Allison Deines, national regional director, Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots. "The beauty of this program is that it not only recognizes individuals for their outstanding work, but it also inspires future green heroes to make the world a better place for people, animals and the environment we all share."

For more information about the Green Heroes Grant Program, including official contest rules and entry guidelines, log on to http://www.facebook.com/greenworks.

The Clorox Company
The Clorox Company is a leading manufacturer and marketer of consumer products with fiscal year 2009 revenues of $5.5 billion. Clorox markets some of consumers' most trusted and recognized brand names, including its namesake bleach and cleaning products; Green Works® natural cleaners; Armor All® and STP® auto-care products; Fresh Step® and Scoop Away® cat litter; Kingsford® charcoal; Hidden Valley® and K C Masterpiece® dressings and sauces; Brita® water-filtration systems; Glad® bags, wraps and containers; and Burt's Bees® natural personal care products. With approximately 8,300 employees worldwide, the company manufactures products in more than two dozen countries and markets them in more than 100 countries. Clorox is committed to making a positive difference in the communities where its employees work and live. Founded in 1980, The Clorox Company Foundation has awarded cash grants totaling more than $77 million to nonprofit organizations, schools and colleges. In fiscal 2009 alone, the foundation awarded $3.6 million in cash grants, and Clorox made product donations valued at $7.8 million. For more information about Clorox, visit http://www.TheCloroxCompany.com

About the Jane Goodall Institute
Founded in 1977, the Jane Goodall Institute continues Dr. Goodall's pioneering research on chimpanzee behavior--research that transformed scientific perceptions of the relationship between humans and animals. Today, the Institute is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. It also is widely recognized for establishing innovative community-centered conservation and development programs in Africa, and Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots, the global environmental and humanitarian youth program, which has groups in more than 120 countries. For more information, please visit http://www.janegoodall.org.

About Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots
Founded in 1991 by Dr. Jane Goodall and a group of Tanzanian students, Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots program is about making positive change happen--for our communities, for animals and for the environment. With tens of thousands of young people in more than 120 countries, the Roots & Shoots network connects youth of all ages who share a desire to create a better world. Young people identify problems in their communities and take action. Through service projects, youth-led campaigns and an interactive website, Roots & Shoots members are making a difference across the globe. For more information, please visit: http://www.rootsandshoots.org.

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