Pacific Palisades, CA (October 29, 2014) – Protect Our Winters (POW) is proud to announce the launch of this school year’s edition of their successful Hot Planet/Cool Athletes climate assembly program. But this year, they added a new component: the addition of a grants program providing students with an incentive to bring their own climate-fighting ideas to life for their school.
The Powder Grants program kicks off today, with the submission process ending on November 29th, 2014. This new program will award four, $5,000 grants to middle school and high school students and faculty representatives, to help bring climate solutions-oriented projects to life in schools across North America.
To engage with the grant program, students are invited to join one of four groups led by professional athletes. Each athlete leads a specific environmental cause of personal interest to them, providing leadership and inspiration to the students, ultimately choosing the recipient of a Powder Grant in their own category.
· Changing Habits: Marie France Roy
· Community Engagement: Brody Leven
· Waste Reduction: Sage Cattabriga-Alosa
· Energy Efficiency: Ralph Backstrom
The Powder Grants program runs in conjunction with the Hot Planet/Cool Athletes multi-media assemblies that are delivered by professional snow sports athletes at middle and high schools. Designed to utilize these powerful influencers to educate teens on climate change and empowering them to make a difference, the HP/CA assemblies present climate science basics, the effects on winter sports and mountain communities, and personal and inspirational stories from the athletes about solutions.
Since its launch in 2011, Hot Planet/Cool Athletes assemblies have reached approximately 24,000 students at 71 different middle schools and high schools across North America.
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