Monday, December 30, 2013

2013 Brower Youth Awards

In October, Brower Youth Awards acknowledged six winners for 2013. These six winners distinguished themselves with their creative and effective work tackling problems ranging from community organization, renewable energy and climate education.

Alex Freid, 22, of New Hampshire, for reinventing waste diversion on college campuses through his non-profit organization The Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN).

Amira Odeh, 22, of Puerto Rico, for initiating the first student sustainability movement focused on water consumption and plastics pollution on her university’s campus.

Arielle Klagsbrun, 22, of Missouri, for mobilizing the St. Louis community to fight for a healthy and equitable future free of big coal corporations.

Cassandra Lin, 15, of Rhode Island, for addressing community needs with unconventional biofuel generation from used cooking oil.

Chloe Maxmin, 21, of Maine, for developing a common network for young environmentalists to propel their projects forward.

Jonathan Ferrer, 18, of New York, for encouraging youth involvement in climate resiliency and community projects in New York City.

Winners were selected by a panel of seven judges including David Suzuki. In the past 14 years a total of 85 Brower Youth Award recipients have raised more than $2 million for environmental causes, trained more than 3,000 youth in advocacy, involved more than 50,000 people in green projects, implemented 20 university-wide environmental policies, passed eight pieces of legislation, organized more than 4,000 events and actions, produced nearly three dozen documentary films and held more than 500 lobbying meetings with elected officials.

© 2013, Richard Matthews. All rights reserved.

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