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May 24, 2004

Blagojevich announces EPA is accepting applications for Governor’s Green Youth Awards
Awards recognize outstanding environmental protection and consevation projects by Illinois’ youth

SPRINGFIELD —Gov. Rod Blagojevich today announced that applications are now being accepted by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency for the Governor’s Green Youth Awards.  The awards recognize outstanding environmental protection and conservation projects by Illinois’ young people.
“Environmental conservation is at the core of my administration’s goals,” said Blagojevich. “And no age is too young to begin projects that preserve the beauty of our state’s environment and natural resources.  I am proud to recognize those young people who have taken an outstanding and proactive role in preserving our state’s environmental heritage.”
“Governor Blagojevich and I are committed to encouraging and recognizing outstanding youth-led activities that set an example for making our environment cleaner and greener,” said Director Cipriano.
Youth 17 or younger, in kindergarten through 12th grade, enrolled in public, private or home schools, who have participated in an environmental project begun no earlier than January 2002 may apply for recognition.  Winners may be eligible for certificates, plaques and/or financial assistance to provide resources necessary for their programs.
The project must involve one or more of the following categories:  waste reduction, prevention/reduction of pollution in the air, water or land; restoration, preservation or enhancement of natural areas; and energy or water efficiency. 
Applications may be downloaded from the Internet at www.epa.state.il.us and additional information may also be obtained from Toni Leigh at 217-557-7826. Application and information packets have also been sent to school districts around the state.
The deadline for applications is September 24, 2004, and an awards ceremony will be held on November 12.
“Through the Green Illinois program, government and communities have been encouraged to make Illinois a safe and healthy place to live.  Through the Governor’s Green Youth Awards we hope to encourage youth to continue pursuing environmental projects now and in the future,” said Director Cipriano.


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