Cedar Falls, Iowa, twelfth Grader Wins 2022 President’s Environmental Youth Award | US EPA


Iowa pupil’s public service announcement promotes LED gentle bulbs and power discount

LENEXA, KAN. (JULY 5, 2022) – Cedar Falls, Iowa, twelfth grader Klaertje Kiyora Hesselink has been awarded the President’s Environmental Youth Award (PEYA). Klaertje developed a public service announcement (PSA) that encourages the change from incandescent to LED gentle bulbs. The radio PSA has reached 1000’s of listeners in Klaertje’s group and impressed her fellow college students to start planning for a community-wide LED conversion program.

PEYA and Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators (PIAEE) recipients are introduced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in partnership with the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ).

“The custom of excellence in environmental training continues with this 12 months’s winners and I’m so happy with their efforts to sort out probably the most urgent environmental challenges we face,” stated EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan. “I’m blissful to rejoice the local weather motion and environmental stewardship work of the devoted youth and educators who’re leaders of their school rooms and communities. Environmental training is likely one of the most necessary instruments in our work to guard the surroundings and fight the local weather disaster.”

“We applaud Klaertje’s environmental stewardship and use of digital media to offer outreach to her local people on a straightforward and inexpensive solution to cut back their carbon footprint,” stated EPA Region 7 Administrator Meghan A. McCollister. “Congratulations and thanks to Klaertje for uplifting fellow Iowans to ‘Convert to LED and Save!’”

Learn extra about Klaertje’s challenge (see EPA Region 7).


The PEYA was established by the Environmental Education Act of 1970 and acknowledges excellent, community-level environmental tasks by Ok-12 youth that promote consciousness of pure sources and encourages constructive group involvement. Each 12 months, PEYA honors quite a lot of native tasks developed by college students, college courses, summer time camp attendees, and youth organizations to advertise engagement in environmental stewardship and safety.

The PIAEE was established by the 1990 National Environmental Education Act and seeks to acknowledge, help, and convey public consideration to the excellent environmental tasks carried out by academics who transcend textbook instruction to include strategies and supplies that make the most of artistic experiences and enrich pupil studying in Ok-12 training. CEQ, in partnership with EPA, administers this award.

From throughout the nation, 13 educators and 49 college students had been acknowledged for his or her management and dedication to environmental training and environmental stewardship.

This 12 months, 11 educators obtained the 2022 Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators, and two educators had been acknowledged with an honorable point out distinction. Winning educators demonstrated management by integrating environmental training into a number of topics and utilizing subjects resembling local weather change, waste administration, water high quality, wildlife conservation, STEM training, and college gardens.

Additionally, 47 college students who labored as a group or individually on 10 tasks obtained the President’s Environmental Youth Award; two college students obtained honorable mentions. Their stewardship tasks, performed in 2021, show a dedication to advancing group backyard efforts, defending pollinators, lowering air pollution, conserving water and power, lowering meals waste, and combating local weather change.

To learn concerning the profitable tasks intimately, go to the PEYA and PIAEE pages.

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