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Environmental Summit - Student Sustainability Awards Competition

Calling all students -- from Pre-K to college-age -- who are committed to environmentalism and sustainability. Your efforts to make the earth a greener place can bring you recognition and a cash prize!

The Western Illinois University Environmental Summit committee wants to know what contributions you've made to promote sustainability. An award will be given to an individual (or group/classroom) in each category: pre-school/elementary/primary school (grades Pre-K-6); junior high/high school (grades 7-12); and college (undergraduate and graduate). Eligibility is limited to individual students and groups of students attending a school/college/university in Illinois, Missouri, or Iowa.

Each award will include $250 to use to promote further projects, recognition at a ceremony at the WIU Environment Summit (Wednesday, April 3, 2013) and a plaque. The theme for this year's summit is "Making Peace with the Planet."

To be considered for the inaugural WIU Sustainability Student Award, participants must, in 500 words, describe his/her (or group's) sustainability effort(s), program or project completed between April 15, 2012 and March 15, 2013. A description of the project must also include a brief summary of the project or program; the waste volume/emissions reduction or land/natural resources/energy conserved; the quantifiable economic benefits derived from the activity or activities; the commitment and ownership that an individual or the members in the group had in identifying, implementing, and/or providing ongoing support for these sustainability activities; community benefits achieved through the sustainability activities; the degree to which the sustainability activities contributed to the cause of a larger sustainability effort, project, or program; and additional information related to the scope and impact of the effort, project, or program. Please include a statement of what the money might be used for to further promote sustainability efforts at your institution.

The deadline for award applications is 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 22. Proposals should be submitted electronically.

For more information, contact Rob Porter at (309) 298-1967 or Information about the summit can be found at