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 develop a realistic project to address that concern in their community. Students with the top ten proposals of 315 that were reviewed presented their ideas to a panel of judges at the final competition. 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, Sierra Academy of Expeditionary Learning, and The MET Sacramento. Caring for Our Watersheds is a joint program of Nutrien and the Center for Land-Based Learning.
Clara Nordahl is proud to place first in the 2022 Caring for Our Watersheds contest for her proposal to advocate for passage of the 2022 California Plastic Waste Reduction Regulations (CPWRR) Initiative and a reduction in the consumption of single-use plastic. Clara plans to raise awareness and garner support for the initiative that will be voted on this November and, to that end, has designed several appealing infographics to share online through public social media platforms.
For first place in the contest, Clara won $1,000 for herself and $1,000 for her school, Mira Loma High School. 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 2022 Final Competition Press Release [PDF]
Beth Del Real, Coordinator
Center for Land-Based Learning
Rose Lecky, Sr. Manager, Community Relations
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