Assemblyman Pete Lopez (R, C, I – Schoharie) is hosting an essay contest for students between the ages of 12 and 17 in an effort to promote Earth Day and environmental stewardship. As a prize, the winner will receive a free week at one of the State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) summer camps.
“Growing up in a rural community, I have always kept close to my heart the importance of being a wise steward of our environment. My early training and education was in park management and today I serve on the Assembly Agriculture and Environmental Conservation committees. I drive an eco-friendly car and work hard in the State Legislature to raise awareness for conservation and help to enact legislation that will promote sustainable development of alternative energy projects and prudent management of our natural resources. I am proud to be able to offer one student from my district the opportunity to attend one of our state’s fine environmental summer camps and continue to develop their passion for our environment,” said Assemblyman Lopez.
Students should submit essays explaining why the environment is important to them directly to Assemblyman Lopez’s office. Essays should be between 300 and 500 words.
The winner will be able to attend one of the DEC’s week-long Summer Environmental Education Camps for free this summer. The four camps are:
- Camp Colby: near the Village of Saranac Lake in Franklin County
- Camp DeBruce: in the southern Catskills, near the Village of Livingston Manor in Sullivan County
- Camp Rushford: in the Genesee River Valley in Allegany County
- Camp Pack Forest: north of Warrensburg in the southern Adirondacks
Essays must be submitted by May 8, 2009, and a winner will be chosen and announced by the Assemblyman in May. Additionally, the Assemblyman encourages all educators to include the essay as part of their curriculum. For more information or to submit your essay, please contact:
45 Five Mile Woods Road, Suite 2
Catskill, NY 12414