Earth Force and General Motors Recognize Teachers for Environmental Education

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Five Recipients Accept Chevrolet GREEN Educator Awards

Earth Force and the General Motors Foundation announced five winners of the Chevrolet GREEN (Global Rivers Environmental Education Network) Educator Award. It recognizes educators who integrate environmental education into their school or community curriculums.

“These teachers represent the best of our education system, extending their environmental knowledge to tomorrow’s leaders and problem solvers," said Vivian Pickard, president of the GM Foundation. “At GM, we’re committed to developing a culture of sustainability to help reduce our business’s environmental impact, and we appreciate other community leaders who share that same drive to foster eco-friendly action.”

The winners are:
•Nora McDevitt of Youngstown, Ohio – McDevitt is a science teacher at Volney Rogers Middle School. Her students work with Earth Force and are involved in the GREEN water monitoring program, with mentors from the Lordstown GM facility. They incorporated rain barrels into the garden project to help mitigate storm-water drainage issues in Ax Run Creek, which runs behind the school to Mill Creek Park.

•Dr. Timothy Larrabee of Rochester, Mich. – As an Associate Professor of Science Education, Larrabee oversees the elementary science education program for the Department of Teacher Development and Educational Studies in the School of Education and Human Resources at Oakland University, in Rochester, Mich. He incorporated the Earth Force Process in all sections of his elementary science methods courses, as he feels it provides a unique learning opportunity for Oakland University pre‐service students.

•Phillip Kinstley of Grand Prairie, Texas – Kinstley has been involved with GM GREEN since 2009. He has been instrumental in helping to incorporate Earth Force programming into the curriculum of all seventh grade classes within his district. Kinstley believes it give students at Jackson Middle School a "hands on" way to apply the concepts that they are learning in science, math, English, technology, and Social Science.

•Jamie Paige of Wentzville, Mo. – Paige is the Stormwater Management Coordinator for the City of Wentzville, Mo. and has been partnering with GM GREEN for eight years. In addition to supporting the sixth grade Wentzville Middle School science teachers who are incorporating the GM GREEN program into their class curricula, Paige also facilitates Earth Force programming with high school students at a local charter school.

•Diana Johns of Dearborn Heights, Mich. – Johns is a science teacher and Science Department Chair at Crestwood High School. She has been involved with leading environmental civics projects in her classroom for over a decade. Johns works diligently with the General Motors Engineers at the Dearborn Heights Facility and Friends of the Rouge in providing water monitoring experiences for her students year after year.

Earth Force will announce five additional winners each month through December. Recipients will be featured on, along with their teaching tools and methods for getting students involved.

“These teachers have gone above and beyond the call of duty to inspire and support their students in taking action to improve their communities,” said Lisa Bardwell, president and CEO of Earth Force. “Each of them has done an exemplary job of incorporating environmental awareness and civic action into formal instruction.”

The Chevrolet GREEN Educator Award honors K-12 classroom teachers, higher education faculty and informal community-based instructors. Nominations can be made on the Chevrolet GREEN Educator Award website.

GM GREEN is a partnership between General Motors, community-based organizations in GM communities and the nonprofit organization Earth Force. Through the program, young people are challenged to be active community citizens, tackling water quality issues with hands-on science. More than 8,500 students participate every year, and this number will continue to grow as schools see the benefits of watershed-based education and problem solving.

About the GM Foundation
Since its inception in 1976, the GM Foundation had donated hundreds of millions of dollars to deserving American charities, educational organizations and to disaster relief efforts worldwide. The GM Foundation focuses on supporting Education, Health and Human Services, Environment and Energy and Community Development initiatives, mainly in the communities where GM operates. Funding of the GM Foundation comes solely from GM. The last contribution to the GM Foundation was made in 2001. For more information, visit

About Earth Force
Earth Force is passionate about young people finding their voice while assuming leadership roles in solving local environmental problems. Earth Force envisions a nation where young people from all walks of life are actively making positive change to the environment at their schools, in their neighborhoods, and in partnership with their communities. Earth Force works to build partnerships across the country, including GM communities. For more information about Earth Force, please visit


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