Enter your class or club’s environmental project in a statewide competition for an opportunity win $1,000 for your school!
Entry deadline is
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Download Youth Environmental Symposium (YES) teacher’s packet and entry form athttp://www.georgiaconservancy.org/index.php?page=education.
Interdisciplinary educational program designed to inspire middle and high-school students
 to develop creative solutions to environmental problems in their local communities
ATLANTA (Dec. 7, 2009) – Georgia middle and high school classes as well as student clubs and organizations are invited to enter the Georgia Conservancy’s 12th annual Youth Environmental Symposium (YES), an event designed to promote and inspire environmental awareness among Georgia students. Participating groups must identify an environmental factor affecting their local community or school and develop and implement a solution-based project to address the issue. Deadline for entries is Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010.
YES will host 10 groups as finalists to present their projects at a special event to be held on Friday, Feb. 26, 2010, at Zoo Atlanta. At the symposium, a panel of judges comprised of environmental professionals will select the winner based on the outlined goals of each project, the appropriateness of the project in terms of conservation and environmental protection and the quality of each group presentation. A first-place winner will receive a $1,000 grand prize either to enhance the implementation of the project or to purchase materials for their school’s library or science department. Second and third-place winners and honorable mentions also will receive cash prizes.
YES provides each attending group with transportation costs, meals and a substitute teacher for the day. For more details on how to enter projects or for project tips and information, please contact Karen Garland at the Georgia Conservancy at 404-876-2900 ext. 113 or [log in to unmask].
Last year’s winners included Renfroe Middle School in Decatur who won first place for hosting their 2nd Annual Global Warming Action Conference to create awareness in the community of the affects of climate change.  In second place last year, students at Druid Hills High School organized an educational benefit concert in support of Trees Atlanta. 
YES’s 2009 third-place winners were the Laurens County Green Teens won for their work in educating their peers and community in the benefits of recycling.
Other finalists in the 2009 YES  included Atlanta Girls School (Atlanta), Jasper County High School (Monticello), Greenbrier High School (Evans), Dooly County High School (Vienna), Oglethorpe County High School (Lexington) and Jones County High School (Gray).
Founded in 1967, the Georgia Conservancy collaborates, advocates and educates to protect Georgia's natural environment. Through its focus on clean air and water, land conservation, coastal protection, growth management and education, the Georgia Conservancy works to develop solutions to protect Georgia’s environment and promote the stewardship of the state’s vital natural resources. 

Dr. Teri Hamlin
North Region Agriculture Education
Georgia Department of Education
204C Four Towers University of Georgia
Athens, Ga 30602
706-542-3679 / 706-540-0032
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