President's Environmental Youth Awards

Ages:Elementary, Middle School, High School

Type:Submission

Category:Environment

Scope:National

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The President’s Environmental Youth Award (PEYA) recognizes outstanding environmental projects by K-12 youth. The PEYA program promotes awareness of our nation's natural resources and encourages positive community involvement. Since 1971, the President of the United States has joined with EPA to recognize young people for protecting our nation's air, water, land, and ecology. It is one of the most important ways EPA and the Administration demonstrate commitment to environmental stewardship efforts created and conducted by our nation's youth.

EPA has ten regional offices across the country. Based on the evaluation criteria, each regional office will be responsible for selecting up to two winners per region– one for Grades K-5 and one for Grades 6-12.  Each award-winning project will receive a Presidential plaque. All qualified applicants will receive a certificate honoring them for their efforts to protect human health and the environment.

PEYA has two parts — a regional award for Grades K-5 and a regional award for Grades 6-12. Students must complete an environmental project and submit an application for through their sponsoring school and teacher.

  • A project summary of up to 300 words must be provided on the application form. Please note that applicants that are applying in the 6-12 grade level category must complete the project summary section themselves. Applicants in the K-5 grade level may be advised by the sponsor and sponsors may assist in the writing of the project summary.
  • A more detailed description of the project, no more than five pages, and addressing each of the evaluation criterion should be attached to the application.
  • Applicants may submit up to five additional pages of photographs, newspaper articles, and other supporting materials to provide a more comprehensive view of the project. Accompanying videos must be web-based with functioning links (e.g., no CDs).
  • Sponsors must sign and date page A-2 of the application.
 

Evaluation criteria for PEYA applications from K-5th grade students
Evaluation Criteria Points
Youth Initiative: How did the applicant(s) come up with the idea for the project? To what extent does the applicant(s) take charge of the project? 20 points
Environmental Impact: How did the applicant(s) identify the environmental need for this project? How did the project positively affect the environment? 30 points
Completion of Goals: What were the goals of the project? How were they accomplished? 15 points
Community Involvement: To what extent did the project involve others in the school or community? 10 points
Project creativity: What creative approach(es) did the applicant(s) use for the project? 15 points
Project approach: To what extent does the application tell a complete story about the project? Did the applicant(s) have a thought-out approach to solving the problem? 10 points
Total 100 points
Evaluation criteria for PEYA applications from 6th-12th grade students
Evaluation Criteria Points
Youth Initiative:  To what extent was the project designed, coordinated and implemented due to applicant (s) initiative? How was the project created and completed by the applicant(s)? The driving force for the project must be the applicant(s), not the sponsor. 25 points
Environmental Need and Appropriateness: To what extent was there a clear environmental need for the project? How appropriate was the project for the community in which it was performed? 20 points
Environmental Impact: To what extent was there a need for this project? How did the project positively affect the community? Were there any long-term environmental benefits or outcomes of the project? 15 points
Completion of Goals: Were the goals accomplished? How were they accomplished? 15 points
Community Involvement: To what extent did the project positively involve others in the community? What community resources, expertise, leadership, or publicity did the applicant(s) use? 10 points
Project innovation: How did the applicant(s) use innovative approaches to achieve positive results? 10 points
Soundness of approach, rationale, and scientific design: Was the approach to the problem clear? Did the applicant(s) have a sound justification for choosing that approach? If so, what is that justification? 5 points
Total 100 points
This competition has not yet listed it's awards.

Website: https://www.epa.gov/education/presidents-environmental-youth-award

Managing Organization: United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Contact:

education@epa.gov

Entry Fee:

This competition is open to students in Elementary, Middle School, High School.

This competition has not yet posted any deadlines.

Overview

The President’s Environmental Youth Award (PEYA) recognizes outstanding environmental projects by K-12 youth. The PEYA program promotes awareness of our nation's natural resources and encourages positive community involvement. Since 1971, the President of the United States has joined with EPA to recognize young people for protecting our nation's air, water, land, and ecology. It is one of the most important ways EPA and the Administration demonstrate commitment to environmental stewardship efforts created and conducted by our nation's youth.

EPA has ten regional offices across the country. Based on the evaluation criteria, each regional office will be responsible for selecting up to two winners per region– one for Grades K-5 and one for Grades 6-12.  Each award-winning project will receive a Presidential plaque. All qualified applicants will receive a certificate honoring them for their efforts to protect human health and the environment.

Process

PEYA has two parts — a regional award for Grades K-5 and a regional award for Grades 6-12. Students must complete an environmental project and submit an application for through their sponsoring school and teacher.
  • A project summary of up to 300 words must be provided on the application form. Please note that applicants that are applying in the 6-12 grade level category must complete the project summary section themselves. Applicants in the K-5 grade level may be advised by the sponsor and sponsors may assist in the writing of the project summary.
  • A more detailed description of the project, no more than five pages, and addressing each of the evaluation criterion should be attached to the application.
  • Applicants may submit up to five additional pages of photographs, newspaper articles, and other supporting materials to provide a more comprehensive view of the project. Accompanying videos must be web-based with functioning links (e.g., no CDs).
  • Sponsors must sign and date page A-2 of the application.
 

Criteria

Evaluation criteria for PEYA applications from K-5th grade students
Evaluation Criteria Points
Youth Initiative: How did the applicant(s) come up with the idea for the project? To what extent does the applicant(s) take charge of the project? 20 points
Environmental Impact: How did the applicant(s) identify the environmental need for this project? How did the project positively affect the environment? 30 points
Completion of Goals: What were the goals of the project? How were they accomplished? 15 points
Community Involvement: To what extent did the project involve others in the school or community? 10 points
Project creativity: What creative approach(es) did the applicant(s) use for the project? 15 points
Project approach: To what extent does the application tell a complete story about the project? Did the applicant(s) have a thought-out approach to solving the problem? 10 points
Total 100 points
Evaluation criteria for PEYA applications from 6th-12th grade students
Evaluation Criteria Points
Youth Initiative:  To what extent was the project designed, coordinated and implemented due to applicant (s) initiative? How was the project created and completed by the applicant(s)? The driving force for the project must be the applicant(s), not the sponsor. 25 points
Environmental Need and Appropriateness: To what extent was there a clear environmental need for the project? How appropriate was the project for the community in which it was performed? 20 points
Environmental Impact: To what extent was there a need for this project? How did the project positively affect the community? Were there any long-term environmental benefits or outcomes of the project? 15 points
Completion of Goals: Were the goals accomplished? How were they accomplished? 15 points
Community Involvement: To what extent did the project positively involve others in the community? What community resources, expertise, leadership, or publicity did the applicant(s) use? 10 points
Project innovation: How did the applicant(s) use innovative approaches to achieve positive results? 10 points
Soundness of approach, rationale, and scientific design: Was the approach to the problem clear? Did the applicant(s) have a sound justification for choosing that approach? If so, what is that justification? 5 points
Total 100 points

Awards

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Participate

Website: https://www.epa.gov/education/presidents-environmental-youth-award

Managing Organization: United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Contact:

education@epa.gov

Entry Fee:

This competition is open to students in Elementary, Middle School, High School.

Deadlines

This competition has not yet posted any deadlines.