Richmond, VA (PRWEB) April 26, 2012
Earth Force and the General Motors Foundation are looking for educators who engage youth in innovative and interactive environmental learning. The Chevrolet GREEN Educator Award recognizes 10 educators from across the United States who have gone above and beyond standard educational practices in the classroom, their school, and their community.
Nominations can be submitted by peers, partners or youth that have worked with the educator. Self-nominations are also welcome. The nomination period closes June 30, 2012 and winners will be announced on Sept. 1, 2012.
“We are looking for school and community-based educators who take learning beyond the classroom and engage youth in the real-world application of their studies,” says Alyssa Hawkins, vice president of programming for Earth Force. “It is so important that we are empowering today’s youth to become active citizens in their communities and their environment.”
The award seeks educators who:
- Encourage youth to lead their own learning
- Support learning beyond the classroom to improve their communities
- Create and sustain local partnerships that connect young people to their community
- Are formal or informal educators who use their professional expertise to mentor youth
- Encourage others to teach about the environment
“The GM Foundation looks forward to working with Earth Force to honor the teachers that are leading the charge nationally and educating students about the importance of environmental sustainability ," said Vivian Pickard, president of the GM Foundation. “They are true leaders that provide students with the resources and education they need to be environmentally responsible.”
The Chevrolet GREEN Educator Award honors K-12 teachers, higher education faculty and instructors for community-based environment-related organizations. To nominate an educator, visit the Chevrolet GREEN Educator Award at http://www.greeneducator.org. For more information, contact Kristen Mueller at kmueller(at)earthforce(dot)org.
About GM GREEN
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 continues 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 has 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 2000. For more information, visit http://www.gm.com/gmfoundation.
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 in GM communities. For more information about Earth Force, please visit http://www.earthforce.org.