Environmental Awareness Advocates, Earth Force and the General Motors Foundation, Partner Up to Recognize â€œGREENâ€ Educators Nationwide
Earth Force and the GM Foundation announce plans to reward 20 environmentally active educators across the nation.
Richmond, VA (PRWEB) August 31, 2011
Earth Force and the General Motors Foundation are teaming up to reward teachers, college professors and volunteers who have taken an initiative to integrate environmental education into their schools and community programs by presenting the prestigious Chevrolet GREEN Educator Award.
Ã¢Å“ItÃ¢s exhilarating to see that so many of our nationÃ¢s educators are working hard to engage young people as active citizens who want to improve the environment,Ã¢ said Lisa Bardwell, President and CEO of Earth Force. Ã¢Å“We want to recognize educators who are making a real difference in the lives of young people and show them that their efforts do not go unnoticed.Ã¢
Ã¢Å“We are excited to join Earth Force in honoring these innovative ‘GREEN’ educators for the amazing work that they do to create the next generation of leaders,Ã¢ said Vivian Pickard, President of the GM Foundation. Ã¢Å“Educators like those we will honor through this award represent the very best of our educational system, and we are proud to join them in engaging AmericaÃ¢s youth as leaders.Ã¢
Educators of all kinds, including K-12 classroom teachers, higher education faculty and informal community-based instructors who have made a substantial effort to promote environmental engagement among youth are eligible for the award. The GM Foundation and Earth Force will reward five educators each month in the search to find the 20 best Ã¢Å“GREENÃ¢ educators nationwide. The first five winners will be announced in September during National School Success Month. Winners will also be featured on the Earth Force website, along with their teaching tools and ways they get their students involved. Some prerequisites for possible award winners are: keeping students active in their community, helping students understand the importance of the relationship between civic life and environmental health, and also encouraging other educators, administration, and community members to do the same. Students and teachers have the opportunity to nominate an educator they feel best exemplifies these assets. To nominate your favorite Ã¢Å“GREENÃ¢ educator, visit http://greeneducator.org. Remember, there will only be five winners each month, so make sure your favorite environmentally active educator is the one being recognized.
For more information about The Chevrolet GREEN Educator Award and Earth ForceÃ¢s mission to keep youth active and educated, please contact Dave Saunders at 804-521-4141 or daves(at)madisonmain(dot)com.
GM GREEN is a partnership between General Motors, community-based organizations in GM communities and the nonprofit organization Earth Force. Through the program, young people are challenged to be active community citizens, tackling water quality issues with hands-on science. More than 8,500 students participate every year, and this number will continue to grow as schools see the benefits of watershed-based education and problem solving.
About the GM Foundation
Since its inception in 1976, the GM Foundation had donated hundreds of millions of dollars to deserving American charities, educational organizations and disaster relief efforts worldwide. The GM Foundation focuses on supporting Education, Health and Human Services, Environment and Energy and Community Development initiatives, mainly in the communities where GM operates. Funding of the GM Foundation comes solely from GM. The last contribution to the GM Foundation was made in 2001. For more information, visit http://www.gm.com/corporate/responsibility/community.
About Earth Force
Earth Force is a national organization that provides an environmentally active curriculum to educators nationwide. Earth Force strives to help young people find their voice in society regarding the environment and to help become leaders in their community. Their mission is to engage young people as active citizens who improve the environment and their communities now and in the future. Earth Force works to build environmental service-learning programs and partnerships across the country, including GM communities. For more information about Earth Force, please visit http://www.earthforce.org.
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