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  • Writer's pictureJenna Granger

Shane McConkey EcoChallenge Winners 2021

Updated: Jun 25, 2021

SWEP & our Sustainability Club students worked hard this (virtual) year to continue advocating for change and educating the community about important sustainability issues. We are excited to announce that this work has been recognized by the Shane McConkey EcoChallenge and we were selected as winners in several categories.

The Shane McConkey EcoChallenge is an annual contest that involves students in: 1) identifying environmental issues in their schools, homes and communities, 2) designing and implementing a solution to address the identified problem, and 3) inspiring and motivating change to address climate change. This challenge offers prize money to the non-profit or school of the winner's choosing and public recognition for their efforts. This year there were 3 categories that students were able to apply for: Black Diamond, Blue Square, and Green Circle. SWEP's dedication to sustainability education with students led to a high achieving award-winning year! Not only did our clubs win, but individual club members also won for their own projects!

SWEP Club Winners:

  • 2nd Place Black Diamond: SWEP's High School Envirolution Club members won for their work in reducing plastic in the Tahoe Area. Watch how they advocated for change with the Raley's Executive Committee. This project was in collaboration with SWEP's partners at Tahoe Environmental Research Center & Tahoe Water Supplier's Association.

  • 1st Place Blue Square: SWEP's Green Team and EcoAction Clubs won for their food waste education and advocacy!!! This project was in collaboration with SWEP's partners at Town of Truckee: Keep Truckee Green.

SWEP Student Individual Winners:

  • 1st Place Black Diamond: Olivia and Ella Hoyer for their Clean up Donner Lake project!

  • 3rd Place Blue Square: Ellery Zanto for making this great food waste video!

  • 4th Place Black Diamond: Taylor Gignoux's group "One Step" animal advocacy project!

Congratulations to all of the winners and everyone who submitted! We are proud of ALL the important work you have been doing!

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