Caring for our Watersheds
Winners Announced for Youth Environmental Proposal Contest
Sacramento, CA - The Caring for Our Watersheds proposal writing contest challenges students to
research their local watershed, identify an environmental concern and come up with a realistic solution.
Students with the top ten proposals of 250 that were reviewed presented their ideas to a panel of
community judges. First place is $1,000 cash to the winning team and $1,000 cash to the winning team’s
school. In total, over $27,000 in prize and implementation money is available to students and schools
who participate in the program. Finalists were from the following schools: Foresthill High School, George Washington Carver School of Arts and Sciences, Grant Union High School, Mira Loma High School, Pioneer High School, Placer High School, and Winston Churchill Middle School. Caring for Our Watersheds is a joint program of Nutrien and the Center for Land-Based Learning.
Rory Pilling and Rae Jacobson are proud to place first in the 2021 Caring for Our Watersheds contest for their proposal to raise awareness about the social and environmental issues surrounding homelessness. Specifically, the group will advocate for the passing of the Right To Rest Act to ensure that homeless people can live in the main parts of Sacramento- allowing access to sanitation and trash disposal, as well as proximity to transport and job opportunities. Their hope is that the Right to Rest Act will protect homeless individuals, but also alleviate some of the waste and environmental impact from homeless encampments along Sacramento waterways.
For first place in the contest, Rory and Rae won $1,000 for themselves and $1,000 for their school, George Washington Carver School of Arts and Sciences. In total, students compete for over $6,000 cash rewards and participating schools are eligible for over $11,000 cash rewards. Nutrien also provides $10,000 in funding to help implement students’ ideas.
"The purpose of the contest is simple," says Nutrien’s Senior Manager of Community Relations and Investment, Rose Lecky. "Our goal is to encourage students to learn about their local watershed and be inspired to make improvements to the land, air and water. With community and school support, we have seen the creativity and determination students have for protecting and preserving the environment. It’s inspiring when they turn their ideas into reality."
Each year more projects are implemented with the help of community resources and environmental organizations. Anyone who enters the contest is eligible for funding to complete his/ her project. "Seeing students implement their projects is truly impressive. Caring for Our Watersheds not only encourages youth-led ideas, but helps make them happen," says Beth Del Real of Center for Land-Based Learning.
The full press release can be read here:
Caring for our Watersheds 2021 Final Competition Press Release [PDF]
Beth Del Real, Coordinator
Center for Land-Based Learning
Rose Lecky, Sr. Manager, Community Relations
For more information please visit: Caring for our Watersheds
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