Environmental Issues Posters


How Can You Reduce Your Waste to Save Our Space?

We invite your students to participate in the annual Environmental Pathways statewide poster and poetry/prose exhibit. The theme of the 2017 event is How Can You Reduce Your Waste to Save Our Space? focusing on the importance of reducing waste (through means of reducing, reusing, recycling and composting, etc.) that contributes to our landfills.

We believe that the creation of posters and written works gives your students an opportunity to express and share, on a deeper and more personal level, what they have learned. The student exhibit also draws attention to environmental issues.

We recommend that you have a school exhibit of your students' works. Ask students and faculty to vote for their favorite entries. Then send the Illinois EPA the top four posters and top four poetry/prose entries (representing the school) for inclusion in the statewide exhibit.

Students whose works have been chosen for the exhibit, together with their parents and teachers, will be invited to an awards reception in Springfield. The finalists will receive certificates and ribbons. Twelve students (six in each category) will be given special recognition and will each receive an environmental reference book for his or her school's library. Following the recognition reception, the works will remain on display at the Illinois EPA April 24 through May 22.

The top twelve entries also will be displayed on the Illinois EPA's web site providing additional recognition for the winning entries as well as promoting the program.

Exhibit timetable is as follows:

Educators introduce landfills and the impact to land resources, the limitations, and why it is important to reduce waste that contributes to the landfills by reducing, reusing, recycling and composting.January 16-20Students create posters or written works relating to the theme focus.January 23-31Teachers display posters and poems/prose at their school. Students and faculty vote to select four posters and four written entries to submit to the Illinois EPA for further judging.February 1Teacher/school sends four posters and/or four poems/prose to the Illinois EPA; a total of eight entries per school. Entries must be postmarked before or on February 1, 2017.February 22Illinois EPA staff selects the top posters and written works for exhibition.February 23A panel of judges (from local organizations) selects the top twelve entries.April 22Reception and awards ceremony held in Springfield.April 24-May 22Top posters, poems and prose on exhibit at the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, Springfield.

Informational resources can be found on the following web sites:

Awards are subject to change or funding.

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