From Green Right Now Reports

classroom-300x237Teachers often lead the way when it comes to building sustainable practices in their community.

Now it’s their turn to receive some recognition, and prize money of $2,000. This coming year, the EPA will select up to 20 U.S. teachers f0r the Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators. Winners will be K-12 educators who’ve creatively and effectively built environmental education into their curriculum and made an impact on local efforts to cleanup natural resources, recycle or improve air and water quality.

Applications are due by Feb. 28, 2014.

Here’s the EPA release:

Applications Open for Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in partnership with the White House Council on Environmental Quality, is currently accepting applications for the third annual Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators. The award recognizes outstanding K-12 teachers and their local education agencies nationwide for excellence in integrating environmental education into their lessons and demonstrating the connection between health and the environment for their students.

Successful applicants demonstrate creativity, innovation, community engagement and leadership as students learn more about civic responsibility and environmental stewardship. Past winners have increased student participation in local watershed cleanup efforts, created school-wide recycling programs, and implemented green land stewardship practices. Winners went on to use their awards to bring high-tech science equipment into the classroom and expand the number of students on field trips and in labs.

Applicants have until February 28, 2014 to apply for the award under updated criteria released in November. Up to twenty teachers nationwide will receive award plaques and a financial award of $2,000 to support their professional development in environmental education. Each teacher’s school will also receive a $2,000 award to help fund environmental education activities and programs that support the teacher. Winners will also be considered for the National Environmental Education Foundation’s Richard C. Bartlett award, which recognizes outstanding teachers who engage students in interdisciplinary solutions to environmental challenges.

More information about the program and how to apply at the Presidential Innovation Award website.