DNREC seeks Delaware students who make a difference in the environment for 2012 Young Environmentalist Awards


DOVER (April 30, 2012) – Do you know a Delaware student who is working to make a difference for the environment? The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) is encouraging teachers, classmates, parents, club or group leaders and others to nominate these students for the 2012 Young Environmentalist of the Year Awards. Nominations must be based on actions or projects which have taken place between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012.

Nominations will be accepted between Tuesday, May 1 and Friday, June 1, 2012. A winner will be chosen from each of the following categories:

* Elementary for students in grades 1-4
* Middle School for students in grades 5-8
* High School for students in grades 9-12

The Young Environmentalist program honors Delaware students whose actions have resulted in the protection, restoration or enhancement of Delaware’s natural resources through one or more of the following means:

* Demonstrating Environmental Stewardship
* Initiating an Innovative Project
* Increasing Public Awareness
* Demonstrating Environmental Ethics

This is the 19th year for the award, which was established by DNREC colleagues and friends in honor of Dr. Edwin H. Clark II, who served as Secretary of DNREC from 1989 until 1993.

A $100 U.S. savings bond and a Delaware State Parks gift pack will be awarded to each category winner in recognition of his or her contribution to the community.

Winners will be honored in a special ceremony on Governor’s Day at the 2012 Delaware State Fair Thursday, July 26.

For more information, including nomination forms, please call Joanna Wilson, Public Affairs, at 302-739-9902, or visit http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/Admin/Pages/YoungEnv.aspx