DATE: September 21, 2012
Maribel Feliciano, Broward County (left), receives the award from Gina McCarthy, U.S. EPA assistant administrator.
MEDIA CONTACT: Maribel Feliciano, Broward County
Pollution Prevention, Remediation and Air Quality
Broward County was awarded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) 2012 Clean Air Excellence Award for Education/Outreach for the Conservation and Climate Change (C3) Challenge for schools program at a ceremony September 19. The Clean Air Excellence Awards recognize innovative programs that protect Americans' health and the environment, educate the public, serve their communities and stimulate the economy.
The Broward County Air Quality Program teamed up with multiple organizations, including Broward County Public Schools, NatureScape Broward, Clean Cities Coalition and Broward County Solid Waste and Recycling Services to promote the C3 Challenge. In the 2009-2012 period, 1,602 teachers and 145,565 students from 114 schools participated in the C3 Challenge. An estimated 23.4 million pounds of carbon dioxide were reduced through actions pledged during the three years of this annual competition.
“The 42-year history of the Clean Air Act is all about meeting challenges through commitment and innovation,” said Gina McCarthy, U.S. EPA assistant administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation. “The contributions of this year’s award winners are continuing the Clean Air Act’s progress in benefiting public health, our communities and the economy.”
A competition intended to engage students, teachers, school administrators, staff and parents in practical strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality, the C3 Challenge prompts educators and students to engage their parents, peers and community to reduce their carbon footprint and improve air quality. The C3 Challenge includes a tool kit with a collection of hands-on classroom activities for grades K-12, which provide teachers with real life examples that can be implemented in their classrooms and used to foster education and awareness of climate change and air quality. Aside from the school environment, the kit also includes a take-home pledge to actions at home and their neighborhood.
For more information, visit broward.org/PollutionPrevention and click AIR QUALITY.