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newsrel -- Winners of first California high school climate contest announced

Posted: 24 May 2011 10:30:47
Innovative projects address climate change, clean energy. 

Release #:11-20
Date:05/24/2011

ARB PIO: (916) 322-2990
CONTACT:Dimitri Stanich,916-322-2825,dstanich@arb.ca.gov


Winners of first California high school climate contest
announced

Innovative projects address climate change, clean energy

SACRAMENTO - Today the California Air Resources Board announced
the winners of the 2011 Climate Generation, an annual statewide
competition challenging high school students to address climate
change, clean energy and sustainability with imaginative school
projects.

The top prize was awarded to Menlo-Atherton High School in
Atherton. Arroyo High School in El Monte and Ukiah High School in
Ukiah won second and third prize, respectively.

“The title of this competition says it all,” said ARB Chairman
Mary D. Nichols. “Climate change will affect all of us, now and
well into the future, and it will take generations to overcome.
These young people are showing us the way to address this
challenge with on-the-ground projects that get real results.”


Menlo-Atherton students developed, “Behavior Change or Climate
Change”, an education and outreach campaign that reached fellow
students with strategies and tools to reduce emissions. Their
project taught students how lifestyles can be modestly altered to
reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The team gave numerous presentations at their school and provided
tools and strategies for students to reduce their carbon
footprints. They coordinated a wide range of participants and
groups, obtained funding, and gained the support of the school
and the parent-teacher association.  In addition, they monitored
the success of their effort with pre- and post-presentation
surveys.

Arroyo High School, this year’s second place winner, created a
composting system that used campus and home green waste to
produce nutrient-rich soil for the school’s garden. Students
constructed compost bins, collected materials from the community,
and carefully monitored temperature and nutrient concentrations.

This year’s third place winner, Ukiah High School, led a
successful city-wide campaign to reduce the use of plastic
shopping bags. Using an education and outreach strategy, the team
engaged local businesses to support the effort, and ultimately
persuaded their city council to pass an ordinance banning
single-use plastic bags by local retailers. The ordinance was
adopted April 22, 2011.


The Climate Generation Program, an annual competition, is an
outgrowth of the British Council’s Climate Champions program
which seeks to encourage young people to engage climate issues at
local, national and international levels.

Students were asked to focus on the following topics:

    * Energy Conservation;
    * Renewable Energy;
    * Water Conservation;
    * Transportation;
    * Purchasing;
    * Facilities; and/or,
    * Awareness/Communication (Outreach).


For more information about the program and how to enter next
year’s competition see:
http://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/climatechampions/climatechampions.htm .

Next year’s competition will begin with the start of the school
year in the fall.

ARB’s mission is to promote and protect public health, welfare,
and ecological resources through effective reduction of air
pollutants while recognizing and considering effects on the
economy.  The ARB oversees all air pollution control efforts in
California to attain and maintain health based air quality
standards.


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