County Health Dept. Sponsors Environmental Poster Contest

Pollution Prevention Theme Stresses Ways to Minimize & Eliminate Waste

PITTSBURGH – The Allegheny County Health Department is sponsoring its 14th annual environmental poster contest for students in grades 6-8

The theme of this year’s contest is “Pollution Prevention Starts with You.”  Pollution prevention is the act of minimizing or eliminating waste before it is produced and includes such actions as recycling, energy conservation and purchasing food produced without pesticides.  

Students are being asked to depict what people can do in their daily lives to minimize pollution and cut down on waste and as a result have a positive impact on the environment and public health.  Posters will be judged on creativity, strength of message and accuracy of information.

“Our contest aims to promote a greater appreciation of our environment and lead students to a career path or long-lasting interest in environmental protection,” said Acting Health Director Dr. Ron Voorhees.

The deadline for entries is March 15, 2013.  Winners will receive environmental-themed prizes and be announced and honored in conjunction with Earth Day celebrations next April.  The winning posters will be displayed on the Health Department’s web site.

Teachers who would like to have their classes participate in the poster contest should contact the Health Department for details.

For additional information, please visit the Health Dept. Environmental Poster Contest web site or call or email Alaina Conner of the Health Department’s Air Quality Program at 412-578-8028.