The deadline to submit nominations for DNREC’s 2011 Young Environmentalist of the Year Awards has been extended to Wednesday, June 15.


The deadline to submit nominations for DNREC’s 2011 Young Environmentalist of the Year Awards has been extended to Wednesday, June 15. Nominations must be based on actions or projects that have taken place or are in progress and will be completed between July 1, 2010, and June 30, 2011.
 
“If you are a teacher, youth group leader, advisor, classmate, parent or friend of a Delaware student who is involved in a project that benefits our environment, we want to hear about that student from you so we can recognize them for their efforts,” said Joanna Wilson, awards program coordinator.
 
Nominations will be accepted between Sunday, May 1, and Wednesday, June 15. A winner will be chosen from each of the following categories:

Elementary, students in grades 1 through 4 Middle School, students in grades 5 through 8 High School, students in grades 9 through 12

The Young Environmentalist program honors Delaware students whose actions have resulted in the protection, restoration or enhancement of Delaware’s natural resources. Judges will look for innovative projects that increase public awareness and demonstrate environmental ethics and stewardship.
 
Past honorees have included students who have organized tree plantings, a household hazardous waste community collection day and school recycling programs; students who volunteered their time with the Delaware Nature Society, DNREC’s Piping Plover Monitoring Program, the DuPont Nature Center, the Hooked on Fishing – Not on Drugs program, and the Marine Education, Research and Rehabilitation Institute, among other organizations; and a prolific poster artist, who worked to raise public awareness on a variety of environmental issues.
 
This is the 18th year for the award, which was established by DNREC colleagues and friends in honor of Dr. Edwin H. Clark II, who served as Secretary of DNREC from 1989 to 1993.   
 
A $100 U.S. savings bond and a Delaware State Parks gift certificate will be awarded to each category winner in recognition of his or her contribution to the community. Winners will be honored in a special ceremony.
 
Nominations may be mailed to DNREC Public Affairs, attention Joanna Wilson/Jennifer Fitzsimmons, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901, dropped off in person at that address or emailed to Joanna.wilson@state.de.us.
 
Nomination forms are available on the DNREC website, www.dnrec.delaware.gov, by emailing the address above or by contacting the DNREC Public Affairs at 739-9902.