Do you know someone who loves the environment, speaks for the plants and animals, and has made a difference in a school, a classroom, or in our community? They might just be the recipient of our second annual Explore Ecology Environmental Stewardship Awards, which recognize local leaders who promote environmental stewardship through education and action.

Nominations are being taken through March 31, 2018 in the following categories:

Class Award
This honors one class (K-12) that has changed the eco ethos of their school and/or worked to protect the environment.

Teacher Award
This honors the achievements of two teachers (one K-6, one 7-12) who has made significant contributions to educating and impacting youth by inspiring their class and/or school through teaching and action. Examples could include caring for a school garden, starting a composting program, or conducting special environmental projects or programs with their class.

Student Award
This goes to two students (one K- 6, one 7-12) who has committed their time to care for the environment and has encouraged others in their community to do the same.

Winners will receive recognition at the Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 21 during a ceremony on the Kids Corner stage, and also be honored on the Main Stage during CEC's 2018 Environmental Hero Award presentation.