Winning School To Receive $20,000 Grant to Enhance Earth-Friendly Practices
BENTONVILLE, Ark., April 3, 2009—In celebration of Earth Day, Walmart is announcing the “Earth Day, Every Day” School Challenge, a program to recognize schools and student bodies across the nation that are taking active strides to create a greener, healthier planet. The call for entries period will run from April 3 through May 1, 2009.
Entrants will be asked to submit a 200-word description on behalf of the nominated school at www.earthdayeverydaychallenge.com. The essay should showcase efforts the school has made that contribute to making the world a greener place. Examples may include reducing the school’s energy consumption, encouraging the student body to engage in earth-friendly practices at home, and recycling everything from paper to toner cartridges to milk boxes. All entrants must be at least 18 years of age and can include school officials, teachers, parents or other adults that can represent the school if selected as one of 20 contest finalists.
The top 20 finalists will be chosen by independent judges and will receive a $500 Walmart gift card to assist in the school’s continuation of earth-friendly activities. Schools will then be invited to submit a video showcasing earth-friendly practices for the chance to compete to win a $20,000 grant to further green initiatives. All Americans, including the 200 million customers who shop at Walmart, will have the chance to vote for the school doing the most to create a greener, healthier planet from June 8 through June 19, 2009.
According to Energy Star, schools spend more money on energy than they do on computers and textbooks combined. Through green initiatives in the school, such as adding motion sensors that turn off the lights when rooms are unoccupied, school districts can stretch and reallocate their budget dollars to better serve students’ educational needs.
“Walmart has made it easy for its 200 million shoppers to do something for planet Earth by simply choosing one of the many earth-friendly products on our store aisles,” said Matt Kistler, senior vice president of sustainability, Walmart. “We also want to recognize and celebrate the many schools and young Americans that are truly making a difference by incorporating green initiatives, both large and small, that collectively add up to a greener, healthier planet.”
For more information regarding the Walmart “Earth Day, Every Day” School Challenge, please visit www.earthdayeverydaychallenge.com. For more information on how Walmart can help customers save money and live green, please visit www.walmart.com/green.
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