Delaware Extends Nomination Period for Young Environmentalist Awards

Iveena MukherjeeKnown for her “unwavering dedication to environmental conservation, advocacy and activism,” 2023 high school winner Iveena Mukherjee shows off a sea turtle essay contest commemorated on a bench on Legislative Hall. /Submitted Image, DNREC photo.

DOVER, DE — In a bid to celebrate and recognize the environmental stewardship of young Delawareans, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) has announced an extension for nominations to its 2024 Young Environmentalist of the Year Awards. With a new deadline set for July 5 at 4:30 p.m., the community has been given an additional week to nominate aspiring environmentalists who have made significant contributions to conservation and sustainability in their local areas.

The awards, now entering their 31st year, are segmented into three categories based on educational level: elementary (grades 1 to 4), middle school (grades 5 to 8), and high school (grades 9 to 12). The initiative aims to spotlight Delaware students who have launched innovative environmental projects, fostered greater public awareness on ecological issues, or embodied deep environmental ethics and stewardship in their actions between July 1, 2023, and June 30, 2024.

Winners in each category are set to receive a certificate, gift card, and a prize pack, celebrating their commitment to making a tangible impact within their communities. The accolades will be bestowed during an awards ceremony scheduled for Governor’s Day, July 25, at the Delaware State Fair, providing a prestigious platform to honor the achievements of these young environmental advocates.

Highlighting the importance of recognizing youth engagement in environmental causes, the DNREC encourages a wide array of nominators, including teachers, peers, club leaders, and family members, to put forward names of deserving students. This initiative not only serves to commend the hard work and dedication of young individuals but also seeks to inspire a broader cultural shift towards environmental responsibility among the younger generation.

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By extending the nomination deadline, the DNREC underscores its commitment to ensuring that all young environmentalists get the recognition they deserve. Additionally, this program plays a pivotal role in promoting environmental awareness and action among the youth, proving that age is no barrier to making a difference in the world.

For those interested in nominating a young environmentalist or learning more about the awards, detailed information and nomination forms are available on the DNREC website. Through such initiatives, Delaware continues to foster a spirit of conservation and sustainability, paving the way for a greener future led by its youngest citizens.

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