Agency: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Program: President's Environmental Youth Award (PEYA)
The President's Environmental Youth Awards (PEYA) promotes awareness of our nation's natural resources and encourages positive community involvement. Since 1971, the President of the United States has joined with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to recognize young Americans for protecting our nation's air, water, land, and ecology. Each year the PEYA program honors a wide variety of environmental projects developed by young individuals, school classes, summer camps, and youth organizations to promote environmental awareness.
Past projects have included building nature trails, reversing the decline of endangered species, starting recycling programs, restoring native habitats, creating schoolyard habitats, and many other creative, sustainable efforts.
The PEYA competition has two parts — a regional certificate and a regional award. The regional certificate program is conducted year-round. Therefore, applications for this program can be submitted at any time. All qualified applicants will receive a certificate honoring them for their efforts to protect human health and the environment.
The regional award program is conducted once a year. Following the December 31 deadline, the regional awards panel for each of EPA's 10 regional offices reviews applications to select the winner. The 10 regional award winners receive a Presidential plaque and are recognized at a regional award ceremony.