Washington, DC (PRWEB) April 17, 2014
Students throughout Washington, DC stepped up to create innovative solutions to improve their local watershed. Out of 13 proposals submitted to the Caring for Our Watersheds competition, sponsored by international agriculture company Agrium, 5 have been selected for a chance to put their proposals into action
Each of the five proposals are from a different DC Public School or DC Public Charter School. The projects include:
- Trees Please! (Jefferson Academy) – Students will host a tree planting on their campus on Earth Day. The trees will slow runoff from the school parking lot, and the event will be an opportunity to educate the community on the importance of trees in the Anacostia River Watershed.
- Litter Commercial (LaSalle Backus Education Campus) – In an effort to raise awareness about the impact of litter on the watershed and to encourage people to stop littering, the class will work with students at the University of Maryland to create an anti-littering commercial.
- Play Away the Smoke (Roots Public Charter School) - Students will work with a developer to create an app that will help to reduce the effects of smoking on the environment. The app will highlight the environmental, economic, and health impacts of smoking.
- Watershed Awareness (SEED School of DC) - This awareness campaign includes a school-wide Watershed Day and pep rally during Earth Week, the creation of signs offering watershed protection tips to put up around the neighborhood, and a rap commercial that will teach people quick and easy tips to help the watershed.
- Littering Camera (Washington Latin Public Charter School) – Students will install littering cameras to help enforce littering laws.
“The creativity this contest affords students is beneficial for our environment and the communities we serve,” says Kurt Moser, Senior Program Manager at Earth Force. “Anytime we can engage and involve our youth in environmental conversation benefits us all. They are actively seeking ways to make our communities sustainable for future generations and we are here to help them.”
Five projects will be presented at the 2014 Anacostia Environmental Youth Summit, Friday, May 16, 2014, at Anacostia Park in Washington, DC. Students will compete for cash prizes between $300 and $1,000, with an additional $10,000 to be provided by sponsor Agrium for project implementation.
Approximately 400 students from DC Public Schools and DC Public Charter Schools are expected to attend, connecting with other young people and engaging in partner-led environmental activities.
For more information, please visit http://www.CaringForOurWatersheds.com or to schedule a media interview, please contact Kurt Moser at kmoser(at)earthforce(dot)org.
Agrium Inc. is a major retail supplier of agricultural products and services in Australia and North and South America and a leading global producer and marketer of agricultural nutrients and industrial products. Agrium produces and markets three primary groups of nutrients: nitrogen, phosphate and potash as well as controlled release fertilizers and micronutrients. Agrium’s strategy is to grow through incremental expansion of its existing operations and acquisitions as well as the development, commercialization and marketing of new products and international opportunities. Contact us at: http://www.agrium.com.
About Earth Force
Earth Force is a national 501(c)(3) organization. Our mission is to engage young people as active citizens who improve the environment and their communities now and in the future. Through Earth Force and our network of diverse partners, young people get hands-on, real-world opportunities to practice civic skills, acquire a deep understanding of the environment, and develop the skills and motivation to become lifelong leaders in addressing community issues. For more information about Earth Force, please visit http://www.earthforce.org or follow us at @earthforce.