As part of International Polar Bear Day celebrations, Polar Bears International will be announcing the winners of their Project Polar Bear Contest. The announcement will take place in a special broadcast on the PBI website at 3:30 p.m. CST on February 27.
Project Polar Bear is a three-month-long competition that challenges teams of young people to design and carry out long-lasting community projects to reduce CO2.
Actor Andrew Jackson, the contest spokesman, said, “The energy and commitment of these middle and high school students is an inspiration to us all. Their can-do attitude towards solving global warming gives me hope for polar bears and the planet.”
Leah Knickerbocker, PBI’s program manager, said that 47 teams from across the U.S. and Canada competed in the contest and 35 fulfilled all contest requirements, including writing in a final report showing how they plan to sustain their efforts after the project’s end.
“There were so many creative ideas,” Knickerbocker said, “and the kids worked hard and with passion. Even those teams that didn’t complete the project had a positive impact on their communities.”
Knickerbocker said she especially wanted to recognize the overall wonderful contributions of all the teams from Nelsonville-York, Ohio (81 students!) who contributed to CO2 reduction and sustainability efforts in their community.
PBI holds the Project Polar Bear Contest every year in conjunction with green clubs, schools, and its network of Arctic Ambassador Centers, which includes more than 50 leading zoos, museums, science centers, and aquariums. Registration for the 2014 Project Polar Bear Contest will open next fall on the PBI website. Follow PBI on Facebook or visit their website for announcements on the next contest.