Caring for our Watersheds



Caring for our Watersheds

March 20, 2014 12:26 ET

Northern Virginia Students Make the Finals in Caring for Our Watersheds Competition

Virginia Finalists Announced - 2014 Caring for our Watersheds Contest

ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA--(Marketwired - March 20, 2014) - Students throughout Northern Virginia stepped up to create innovative solutions to improve their local watershed. Out of 26 proposals submitted for the Caring for Our Watersheds competition, sponsored by international agriculture company Agrium, ten finalists have been selected from five schools for a chance to win and put their proposals into action:

  • George Washington 2 Middle School (Alexandria City Public Schools)
  • H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program (Arlington Public Schools)
  • Kenmore Middle School (Arlington Public Schools)
  • Lanier Middle School (Fairfax County Public Schools)
  • Stone Middle School (Fairfax County Public Schools)

"Over the years students have provided viable answers to the question - What can you do to improve your watershed?" explains Lindsey Metheral, Agrium Program Advisor. "Through the Caring for Our Watersheds competition, it is apparent how much future generations care about their local environment, their world and their place in it."

Examples of the finalist projects include educating the community through video logs and social media to teach a new organic way of farming, advocating for higher pet waste fines by presenting to local government officials, and helping to minimize the amount of thrown out plastic bottles by hosting an art contest that encourages elementary and middle school kids to use reusable water bottles.

"The creativity this contest affords students is beneficial for our environment and the communities we serve," says Kurt Moser, Senior Program Manager at Earth Force. "Anytime we can engage and involve our youth in environmental conversation benefits us all. They are actively seeking ways to make our communities sustainable for future generations and we are here to help them."

The projects will be presented at the 2014 School Environmental Action Showcase, Thursday, April 10, 2014, at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. Students will compete for cash prizes between $300 and $1,000, with an additional $10,000 to be provided by sponsor Agrium for project implementation.

Approximately 400 students from Alexandria City Public Schools, Arlington Public Schools, and Fairfax County Public Schools are expected to attend, connecting with other young people and engaging in partner-led environmental activities.

For more information please visit www.CaringForOurWatersheds.com or to schedule a media interview, please contact Kurt Moser at kmoser@earthforce.org.

About Agrium:

Agrium Inc. is a major retail supplier of agricultural products and services in Australia and North and South America and a leading global producer and marketer of agricultural nutrients and industrial products. Agrium produces and markets three primary groups of nutrients: nitrogen, phosphate and potash as well as controlled release fertilizers and micronutrients. Agrium's strategy is to grow through incremental expansion of its existing operations and acquisitions as well as the development, commercialization and marketing of new products and international opportunities. Contact us at: www.agrium.com.

About Earth Force

Earth Force is a national 501(c)(3) organization. Our mission is to engage young people as active citizens who improve the environment and their communities now and in the future. Through Earth Force and our network of diverse partners, young people get hands-on, real-world opportunities to practice civic skills, acquire a deep understanding of the environment, and develop the skills and motivation to become lifelong leaders in addressing community issues. For more information about Earth Force, please visit www.earthforce.org or follow us at @earthforce.

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