Announcing the High School Winners of the Lexus Environmental Challenge
Lexus and Scholastic are pleased to announce the winners of the 2007-2008 Lexus Environmental Challenge!
With amazing presentations, in-person and online networking and more, the winning teams of the Lexus Environmental Challenge tackled issues that ranged from global warming awareness to informing their communities about the critical importance of water conservation.
For their extraordinary displays of environmental activism, the students, teachers, and schools of the Grand Prize-winning teams will be awarded $75,000, while the First Place teams will receive $50,000! See the slideshows below detailing the teams' success,
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GRAND PRIZE WINNER
The Dream Team - Hawaii
The Dream Team led an environmental campaign in their school and the greater community by generating awareness of clean and renewable energy sources. They shared their message in eleven different languages! Find out more!
FIRST PLACE WINNERS
L.I.F.E - California
The L.I.F.E. team spread their message that energy conservation can help reduce greenhouse gases. The team accomplished their goal to educate and serve as a catalyst for change. Find out more!
Marine Science Researchers - California
The Marine Science Researchers used photography and hands-on GIS (geographic information system) research to document the importance of creating more protected biodiverse marine areas. Find out more!
Newberry Environmental Girls - Florida
The Newberry Environmental Girls chose sustainable practices as their central focus, and developed a high school curriculum so that other students could spread the word nationwide about conserving the Earth's depleting resources. Find out more!
Save Our Fresh Water - Utah
The Save Our Fresh Water team was inspired by their Outdoor Classroom to teach others about the importance of water conservation. This classroom has been converted to a nature area that requires water every seventeen days rather than every single day. Find out more!
Team Earth - North Carolina
Team Earth took a closer look at a tool we use every day—the toilet. They decided to raise awareness about the importance of water conservation and the use of low-flow toilets. Find out more!
The Elementals - New York
The Elementals established a "GET Active" (Global Environmental Transition) campaign in order to spread awareness about global warming, and what the global community can do to help prevent it. Find out more!
Vampire Electronics - New York
Vampire Electronics sunk their teeth into discussing those appliances left plugged into the wall that are still siphoning energy, even when not technically "in use". Their blog received over 3,500 page views. Find out more!
The Ones Who Care - California
The Ones Who Care tackled the devastating effects that global warming has on polar bears. The team's web pages offer some informative discussion of what they call the "Lexus the Polar Bear" project. Find out more!
The Great Gators - Pennsylvania
The Great Gators raised awareness that under-inflated tires contribute to excess carbon dioxide emissions. The team gathered research by working with a local car dealership to track the tire pressure of cars that were serviced over the course of a week. Find out more!