The I-SWEEEP 3E Sustainable Future Challenge is a national contest for U.S
middle school students that aims to create a platform for young researchers
to present their innovative projects to take on today’s challenges in
energy, engineering and environment.

 *I-SWEEEP 3E Sustainable Future Challenge is a national contest for U.S
middle school students.* Eligible students complete a research project in
one of these three areas and submit a slide show presentation to
communicate their work. Judges will score the entries on creativity,
scientific thought and methods, and the quality of presentation. Both the
science component and the presentation skills are critical.

Entries will be ranked according to overall score. The top 40 projects will
be considered as semifinalists, and out of semifinalists, the top 10
projects will be selected as finalists to have a full expense paid trip to
Houston to compete for Grand Prize during the I-SWEEEP International
Science Fair.


   - Semifinalists (top 40): $100, recognition certificate, I-SWEEEP t-shirt
   - Finalists (top 10): Full expense paid-trip to Houston and $500
   - Grand Award: $2,000, Grand Award Plaque

Entries due February 24, 2012.
More information go to:

*The Green City Award*

The Green City Award recognizes communities with the most effective
recycling education programs in the U.S. Those who have done the best job
letting residents know what materials are accepted, how they should be
sorted, how they will be collected, and in general, how these programs have
impacted recycling rates and the community.

Judges will look at not only a municipality's recycling program and its
statistics, but also how well the community markets, promotes and
communicates its program to its residents. Nominations can include specific
examples such as brochures, Web pages, or other promotional material.
The awards are broken down into three categories based on the size of the
community. One award will be given in each category:

   - Small communities: 100,000 or fewer residents
   - Medium sized: 100,001 to 500,000 residents
   - Big cities: 500,000 or more residents

Apply by February 24, 2012.

More information go to:


*Huggable Heroes*

The Build-A-Bear Workshop Huggable Heroes program encourages and empowers
kids (ages 8-18) to be young leaders and honors them for their dedication
and accomplishments. The annual program supports thousands of causes and
champions un-bear-lievable efforts of young people who are making a

Each of the 10 Huggable Heroes will receive a $7,500 educational
scholarship from Build-A-Bear Workshop and $2,500 from the Build-A-Bear
Workshop Foundation to be donated to the 501(c)(3) charity or Canadian
cause of their choice.

In addition, each member of the new class of Huggable Heroes will receive a
trip for themselves and one parent, or legal guardian, to St. Louis, home
of Build-A-Bear Workshop World Bearquarters. There they will be honored for
their work, meet the other 2012 Huggable Heroes and participate in a photo
shoot for the 2013 Build-A-Bear Workshop Huggable Heroes calendar.

Apply by 5 p.m. ET *February 27, 2012*.

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*National Garden Club School Garden Project*

The objective of the 2011-2013 School Gardens Project, "Bee Nature's
Partner... Plants and Pollinators" is to educate students by creating
native gardens on school grounds.

By using the classroom as the laboratory, this project can engage students
and teachers. In planning for this project, clubs should emphasize using
native plants that attract bees, butterflies, hummngbirds and other native
pollinators to the garden.

The gardens may be large or small, portable or stationary. Clubs may also
incorporate educational instruction or materials and the sustainability of
the gardens.
Regional Awards:

   - 1st place - $100
   - 2nd place - $50
   - 3rd place - $25

National Garden Club affiliates must submit applications by *March 1, 2012*.

More information:

 *Georgia Garden Club Scholarships*
The Garden Club of Georgia provides scholarships based on need, scholastic
record, character, initiative and general commitment to their field of
study. Applicants must have resided in Georgia for the last four years and
be enrolled in an accredited college or university in Georgia.

Applicants must be full-time students majoring in Agriculture Education,
Horticulture, Floriculture, Landscape Design, Botany, Biology, Plant
Pathology/Science, Forestry, Agronomy, Environmental Concerns,
Environmental Conservation, Urban and Rural Planning, Wildlife Science,
Habitat or Forest/Systems Ecology, Land Management and/or other garden
related or allied subjects.

All applications and necessary attachments must be mailed to the Garden
Club of Georgia headquarters and received by March 1, 2012.

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TogetherGreen Fellows will receive professional development opportunities,
a $10,000 grant to help support a conservation project, and the opportunity
to network with a cadre of committed leaders. Up to 40 fellows will be
selected this year to participate in the 12-month program.

The TogetherGreen Conservation Leadership Program invests in promising and
proven leaders who are committed to empowering others and to creating
positive environmental change in their communities and organizations. All
fellows will be required to conduct a conservation action project to
achieve measurable outcomes for one or more of the following TogetherGreen
conservation goals:

   - Protect habitat and species in targeted landscapes
   - Protect water resources by improving water quality and water supply
   for all living things
   - Reduce the threat of greenhouse gas emissions by reducing energy use
   and/or improving energy efficiency

To achieve these goals, projects should also engage new and diverse
audiences in conservation action.

Apply by March 5, 2012.

More Details:

*Project Earth - 2012 Earth Day Contest*

Students, teachers, classes, or schools participating in an environmental
activity that involves students ages 4-18 (grades K-12) are invited to
share your environmental efforts and enter your project into the Project
Earth 2012 U.S. Earth Day Contest.

*Entries will be judged based on:*

   - Purpose & Goal - The purpose and goals of the project are defined in
   the project description.
   - Documentation - The project provides corresponding documentation
   photos, videos, documents, and/or presentations to enhance their project
   - Student Involvement - The project is learner-centered with students
   taking the lead in design and implementation as appropriate.
   - Education - The project helps to educate a group or community.
   - Collaboration - Participants worked with individuals or groups outside
   of their classroom or organization.
   - Innovation & Creativity - The project approaches an environmental
   problem/issue in a new or novel way.
   - Environmental Consideration - Participants consider the environment in
   the development of the project.
   - Outcome - The project meets the goals of the participants and reports
   successes, impacts of their project, and/or lessons learned.


   - One nationwide project entry from each K-5, 6-8, and 9-12 grade
   category will be selected as a winner.
   - Each winning project will be awarded a National Geographic Interactive
   Intelliglobe and will be featured in media press releases, in the Project
   Earth Global Newsletter, and on the 2012 Earth Day Winners page at
   - Every project entry will be considered for the International 2012
   World Environment Day Contest, in which the top project from each country
   will receive recognition in conjunction with the June 2012 Rio+20 United
   Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Entries due *April 15, 2012*.

Additional information:
Dr. Teri Hamlin
North Region Agriculture Education
Georgia Department of Education
204C Four Towers University of Georgia
Athens, Ga 30602
706-552-4461 / 706-540-0032
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