|Lexus Eco Challenge First-Round Winners Take Environmental Commitment to a New Level|
12/12/2012 05:54 (163 Day 21:57 minutes ago)
The FINANCIAL -- Students from across the country are showing they can change the world, starting with their local community.
Sixteen student teams from 11 states have been named winners in the first round of the sixth annual Lexus Eco Challenge, an educational program and contest that inspires and empowers young people to learn about the environment and take action to improve it. As Toyota Motor announced, Lexus will award a total of $500,000 in grants and scholarships throughout this year’s program.
California (Roseville) – “The Green Bandits” – Woodcreek High – Built worm bins to experiment with vermicomposting.
Florida (Hollywood) – “McArthur Techletes” -- McArthur High School – Developed a water conservation program for their community.
Florida (Miami) – “Trophic Troopers” – Miami Palmetto –Addressed the effects of electronics disposal in landfills on water quality.
Massachusetts (Boston) “Conservation Nation” – Boston Latin School -- Created a school-wide food composting pilot program for the Boston Public Schools.
Missouri (Eureka) – “Honeysuckle Hunters” – Eureka High – Conducted a nature study and removed non-native honeysuckle from a creek near their school.
New York (LaGrangeville) – “Elymenators” – Arlington High -- Evaluated how Lyme Disease affects biodiversity in their community.
Ohio (West Geauga) – “The Take Charge Team” – West Geauga High –Established a program to keep batteries out of local landfills.
Florida (Lakeland) – “Pesticide Awareness Team” – Lawton Chiles Middle Academy -- Presented educational programs to promote the proper use of pesticides.
Iowa (Charles City) – “The Green Team” - Charles City Middle School – Coordinated an electronics drive to keep harmful items out of landfills.
Michigan (Harper Woods) – “ECKH20 Preservers” – Harper Woods Middle School – Studied water quality of the Great Lakes.
New Jersey (Jersey City) – “Project Reservoir” – Christa McAuliffe School – Studied natural ways to decrease mosquito populations in a local reservoir.
New Jersey (New Egypt) – “Eco-Warriors for the World” – New Egypt Middle School -- Launched a food composting program at their school. .
Utah (Holladay) – “R4E: Recycle for the Earth” – Olympus Jr. High – Raised awareness to the importance of recycling.
Utah (Holladay) – “Kookaburras” – Olympus Jr. High – Made birdhouses to assist native birds from non-native species to protect biodiversity.