U.S. Classrooms with Most Impressive Conservation Recommendations Selected as Finalists in P&G Future Friendly, National Geographic Contest

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Public Invited to View Top 6 Entries and Vote for “Find Your Footprint” Grand-Prize Winner

Find Your Footprint

I am very proud of the Find Your Footprint entries, both in the creative magnitude of the ideas from these students, and in their inspiring grasp of their environmental impact on the world around them. - Dr. Mireya Mayor

P&G Future Friendly and the National Geographic Society today announced the finalists of the Find Your Footprint national school conservation education contest. The public is invited to vote for the entry that has the most meaningful environmental impact. The top six entries are posted online at http://www.nationalgeographic.com/findyourfootprint where the public can vote for the grand-prize winner. Voting is open now through March 16, 2011. The classroom that receives the highest number of public votes will be the grand-prize winner and will receive $36,000 in educational resources.

The Find Your Footprint program was developed to inspire students to monitor and reduce their environmental footprint. Numerous U.S. elementary school classrooms submitted video, photo and essay proposals in late 2010 detailing how they would track and reduce their energy, waste or water footprint in their schools or local communities. The entries were evaluated by a panel of judges from P&G and National Geographic, including Emerging Explorer Mireya Mayor, based on meaningful environmental reductions, creativity and editorial quality of the submission, and then narrowed down to six.

“As an explorer, I’ve witnessed firsthand the positive effects that the many simple acts of conservation we take every day can make on the most breathtaking corners of the world, places I hope we can preserve for our children and for generations after them,” said Dr. Mireya Mayor, author of the upcoming book Pink Boots and a Machete. “I am very proud of the Find Your Footprint entries, both in the creative magnitude of the ideas from these students, and in their inspiring grasp of their environmental impact on the world around them.”

In no particular order, the Find Your Footprint finalists are:

  •     Waste-Free Fridays, Gill Elementary, Farmington Hills, MI, 4th grade Click here for video
  •     Helping the World and Saving Our Future, Walker Elementary, Springdale, AR, 2nd grade Click here for video
  •     Saving Water 101, Robert Fulton School, Brooklyn, NY Click here for video
  •     Let's Be Green When It's Time to Clean, Dryden Elementary, Arlington Heights, IL, 5th grade Click here for video
  •     Canceling Catalogs: A Documentary, The Park School, Brookline, MA, 4th grade Click here for video
  •     Plastic Waste Reduction to Save Our Oceans!, Rutledge Hall, Lincolnwood, IL, 5th grade Click here for video

    The winning classroom will claim a grand prize valued at $36,000 for their school, to include: five Promethean interactive digital whiteboards (ActivBoards), five sets of Promethean Learner Response Systems (ActivExpressions), 30 free subscriptions to National Geographic Kids magazine and up to $1,000 in National Geographic educational materials. The grand-prize winner will be announced in April 2011 and celebrated with a school assembly. Best practices gathered from all entries will also be featured on Future Friendly’s Facebook page, as well as the Find Your Footprint hub at http://www.nationalgeographic.com/findyourfootprint.

    The multimedia Find Your Footprint program focuses on ways students could save energy, save water or reduce waste. As part of the contest, an estimated 475,000 classrooms nationwide were introduced to custom National Geographic conservation education curriculum – including a Teacher’s Guide and a student-focused Waste Detectives activity, which guides students in reducing waste. More information can be found at http://www.nationalgeographic.com/findyourfootprint.

Media Contacts:
Maggie Habib, PainePR for P&G Future Friendly – 213-996-3770, mhabib(at)painepr(dot)com
Glenn Williams, P&G External Relations – 513-983-1920, williams(dot)gv(at)pg(dot)com
Barbara Fallon, National Geographic – 703-683-4866, bfallon(dot)nationalgeographic(at)gmail(dot)com
Jodie Pozo-Olano, Promethean Public Relation – 540-270-7819, Jodie(dot)Pozo-Olano(at)prometheanworld(dot)com

About P&G Future Friendly
P&G Future Friendly is a program that empowers consumers to save energy, save water and reduce waste, using science, innovation and unique partnerships to achieve meaningful environmental impacts. The P&G Future Friendly program is a direct extension of P&G’s long-term commitment and disciplined, science-based approach to environmental sustainability. Through the program, P&G is better able to share these solutions with consumers so they can realize the benefits in their own homes. Sustainability is core to P&G’s Purpose to Touch and Improve the Lives of the Worlds’ Consumers, now and for generations to come.

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