Lincoln Academy Student Wins National EPA Competition, Pingree Announces
Noah Arbuckle is one of the winners of the ‘Pollution Prevention Works: A Storytelling Challenge for Students’
Today, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) announced a Lincoln Academy student, Noah Arbuckle, is one of the first-place winners of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) “Pollution Prevention Works: A Storytelling Challenge for Students.” Noah created a video that features the semiconductor manufacturing company GlobalFoundries and the pollution prevention (P2) activities implemented at its facility in Essex Junction, Vermont. The video describes activities to reduce releases of chemicals on the Toxics Release Inventory including ethylene glycol, fluorine, hydrochloric acid and ammonia, resulting in reduced impacts on the environment, especially on local waterways.
“Students like Noah give me a great sense of hope for the future. The impacts of pollution take a toll on our environment and communities, and students like Noah are not sitting idly by—they are taking action, raising awareness, and shining a light on solutions we can and must implement to protect our environment and human health,” said Pingree. “I offer my heartfelt congratulations to Noah and the other winners of the EPA’s storytelling competition.”
The other winning stories include essays, infographics, videos and a mock newspaper article and highlight how P2 practices that were implemented at businesses benefitted communities, the environment and the businesses themselves. More than 50 high school and college students from across the nation submitted stories for consideration.
“It is exciting to celebrate these students that will help shape our future. With their stories, we are increasing awareness of the benefits and practice of pollution prevention,” said EPA Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention Deputy Assistant Administrator Jennie Romer. “I congratulate these talented students for their creativity in highlighting innovative pollution prevention solutions that can help protect human health and the environment.”
To increase awareness and showcase P2 activities, the Challenge invited high school and college students to use EPA’s Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) P2 Search Tool to identify an industrial facility or set of facilities in the U.S. that have reported implementing P2 practices that reduced, eliminated or prevented pollution at its source. The students then were challenged to tell a compelling story about how those P2 practices resulted in positive benefits for the business and the surrounding community and environment. By sharing these stories of real life examples on YouTube and EPA’s website, students as well as the public, can learn about pollution prevention activities in their community. These stories also provide businesses insight into how others are continually improving their business practices to help protect our environment.
The 2023 winners of the Pollution Prevention Works: A Storytelling Challenge for Students are:
First Place ($5,000)
Second Place ($2,500)
Third Place ($1,500)
Pingree is ranking member of the House Appropriations Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Subcommittee, which oversees funding of the EPA. Pingree has championed a bold agenda to combat the climate crisis and protect our environment, including introducing legislation to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in U.S. agriculture by 2040, and cosponsoring the Green New Deal. Click here to learn more about how Pingree is fighting climate change in Congress.