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On Earth Day 2011, Washoe County high school students shared their biggest green ideas and won thousands of dollars to help make those ideas become reality. The GREENevada Sustainability Plan competition was funded in part by a $50,000 grant from Pepsi REFRESH.  $28,000 was awarded to nine participating Washoe County high schools whose student teams came up with their own plans to make their schools more environmentally friendly and energy efficient. Each team submitted a written proposal and budget, and made a visual presentation in front of a panel of expert judges.

The Grand Prize winner was Reed High School. Reed students plan to upgrade the school’s bathrooms, cutting back on wasted water and energy, and potentially saving their school thousands in utility bills. They walked away with $12,000 to make it happen.

Each of the other participating schools also left the event with monetary awards to help them begin their projects. Stay connected to Envirolution for upcoming news about other Sustainability events in your area by signing up for the newsletter!

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