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Topeka Girl Wins Presidential Award for Environmental Education

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – A Topeka girl has been named the Presidential Laureate for her palm oil project that educates the community about its role in deforestation.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency says that in partnership with the White House Council on Environmental Quality, it has named Adelyn Meyer of Topeka the recipient of the President’s Environmental Youth Award.

According to the EPA, Meyer received the award in the K-5 category in Region 7 for a “Just Say No to Palm Oil” project that raises awareness of palm oil’s role in deforestation.

“This past school year has been one of the toughest for our country, but students and teachers across the country have remained committed to addressing the most pressing environmental challenges we face – from climate change to environmental justice. “said EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan. . “I am so proud of the remarkable youth and educators we are honoring today, and their work to make a difference in their communities. By working together, we can create a more sustainable and equitable world.

“It is humbling and inspiring to see the impact these educators and students are having on their communities and our planet,” said Brenda Mallory, chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality. “I commend the winners and the schools they represent for applying their creativity, leadership and passion to solving the environmental issues of our time, tackling the climate crisis and conserving our lands and waters. in pursuit of environmental justice for all.These remarkable educators and students are leading the way to a more equitable, sustainable and healthy future.

The EPA stated that PEYA was created by the Environmental Education Act of 1970 and recognizes outstanding environmental projects at the community level by K-12 students that promote awareness of natural resources and encourage positive community involvement. Each year, he said PEYA honors a variety of local projects developed by students, school classes, summer camp participants and youth organizations to promote engagement in stewardship and protection of the environment. ‘environment.

From across the country, the EPA said 32 students who worked in teams or individually on 16 projects that received the award are being recognized for their leadership and commitment to environmental education. He said 14 more students received honorable mentions.

For more information on the winning projects, click HERE.

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