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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.

Prizes

Entries due February 24, 2012.
More information go to:  http://www.isweeep.org/3e-contest
 
 
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:

Apply by February 24, 2012.

More information go to: http://www.residentialrecyclingconference.com/green_city_award.html

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 difference.

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.

More information: http://heroes.lovehugssmiles.com/HuggableHeroes.aspx

 

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:
National Garden Club affiliates must submit applications by March 1, 2012.
More information: http://www.gardenclub.org/SpecialProjects/SchoolGardens.aspx
 
 
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.

More information : http://gardenclub.uga.edu/scholarships.html
 
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:


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

Apply by March 5, 2012.

More Details: http://www.togethergreen.org/fellows/TheProgram.aspx
 
 
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:

Prizes:

Entries due April 15, 2012.

Additional information: http://www.projectearth.net/Competition/Details/6e9e3c01-eb56-4408-b71a-4a4e02d9d45f
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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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