Today's Youth Protecting Tomorrow's Environment

Last week I was proud to join President Obama to honor the 2010 President’s Environmental Youth Award (PEYA)winners.

These young people could be our next clean energy innovators and environmental advocates and they’re setting the bar for environmental stewardship in every corner of our country – from places as far apart as Westerly, Rhode Island and Homer, Alaska. 

As Administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency I was proud to honor each and every one of them – and glad to thank them for making our jobs at EPA a little easier. 

The projects focused on everything from environmental education, recycling and conservation to clean energy, local cleanups and international outreach.

In these ten projects, chosen out of more than 140 entries, we see a future filled with healthier, cleaner communities, and a safer planet for today's generation and generations to come.

This year's PEYA award winners and participants put in lots of hard work and showed amazing dedication.  Most importantly, they made an impact in their communities and inspired change in the places they call home.  I’m excited to see what’s in store for our country with all of these young people as our future leaders.

Lisa Jackson and PEYA winner

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson meets with Presidential Environmental Youth Awards winner Maggie O'Brien. May 20, 2010.

Lisa P. Jackson is the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

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