General Motors Foundation and Earth Force Recognize Local Educator Nita Gonzalez with the Chevrolet GREEN Educator Award

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The Chevrolet GREEN Educator Award recognizes teachers, college professors and volunteers who have taken an initiative to integrate environmental education into their schools and community programs.

Earth Force and the General Motors Foundation are excited to announce Nita Gonzalez, of Escuela Tlatelolco has won a Chevrolet GREEN Educator Award. The Chevrolet GREEN Educator Award recognizes teachers, college professors and volunteers who have taken an initiative to integrate environmental education into their schools and community programs.

“We are excited to join Earth Force in honoring Ms. Gonzalez for her amazing work fostering the next generation of leaders,” said Vivian Pickard, President of the GM Foundation. “Educators like Ms. Gonzalez represent the very best of our educational system, and we are proud to join them in engaging America’s youth as leaders.”

Gonzalez is the President of the Escuela Tlatelolco, an ECE-12th grade program, in Denver, Colo. The program uses a cutting edge environmental education curriculum that incorporates environmental education and social change work. She partners with indigenous tribes throughout the state to teach Escuela students about their responsibility to the Earth and alternative perspectives on resource management. She has created numerous community partnerships, in addition to her partnerships with the tribes, to foster an understanding of our environment and our responsibility for students, parents and teachers at Escuela.

“It is such an honor for Earth Force to recognize educators, like Nita, for the Chevrolet GREEN Educator Award,” said Lisa Bardwell, President/CEO of Earth Force. “She has gone above and beyond the call of duty to inspire and support her students in taking action to improve their communities. Each of the educators receiving this award has done an exemplary job of incorporating environmental awareness and civic action into formal instruction.”

Educators of all kinds, including K-12 classroom teachers, higher education faculty and informal community-based instructors who have made a substantial effort to promote environmental engagement among youth are eligible for the award. The GM Foundation and Earth Force will reward 5 educators each month in the search to find the 20 best “GREEN” educators nationwide. Winners will also be featured on the Earth Force website, along with their teaching tools and ways they get their students involved. Some prerequisites for possible award winners are: keeping students active in their community, helping students understand the importance of the relationship between civic life and environmental health, and also encouraging other educators, administration, and community members to do the same. Students and teachers have the opportunity to nominate an educator they feel best exemplifies these assets. To nominate your favorite “GREEN” educator, visit Remember, there will only be five winners each month, so make sure your favorite environmentally active educator is the one being recognized.

For more information about The Chevrolet GREEN Educator Award and Earth Force’s mission and programs, please visit and contact Kristen Mueller at kmueller(at)earthforce(dot)org.

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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