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For Release: Tuesday, September 16, 2003
Contact: Maureen Wren (518) 402-8000

DEC Honors Pollution Prevention Week Poster Contest Winners

Governor Pataki Designates September 15–21 as Pollution Prevention Week in NYS

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today presented awards to three student winners of DEC's annual Pollution Prevention Poster Contest as part of the celebration of Pollution Prevention Week in New York State. Governor George E. Pataki issued a proclamation designating September 15–21, 2003, as Pollution Prevention Week and encouraged government, businesses, organizations and individuals to reaffirm their commitment to reducing pollution and protecting our environment.

"Under the leadership of Governor Pataki, New York State has made great strides in helping to reduce pollution at its source," Commissioner Crotty said. "DEC and our partners will continue to work together to succeed in improving the quality of New York's air, land and water for future generations."

DEC's Pollution Prevention Unit is leading the State's effort in advancing pollution prevention awareness to business, industry and the public with programs and partnerships focusing on preventing pollution through source reduction. One example of DEC's many pollution prevention initiatives includes working with the State Department of Health to reduce the presence of mercury in schools.

The 2003 DEC poster contest theme was "Pollution Prevention" and more than 400 posters were submitted. In addition to the contest, DEC joined other government and community partners in presenting displays exhibiting pollution prevention programs that exist for acid rain prevention, small business compliance assistance, and waste reduction and recycling.

"DEC congratulates all the participants in this year's contest for their creativity and commitment to pollution prevention," Commissioner Crotty said. "These young people are truly talented and important partners as we continue to work towards creating a healthier future for our State and nation by conserving energy and protecting our environment."

This year's poster contest winners are:

5– to 9–year–olds:
First Place: Kathleen Slade, Marcellus, NY;
Second Place: Daniel Slade, Marcellus, NY; and
Third Place: Tiara Thomas, Binghamton, NY.

10– to 14–year–olds:
First Place: Elizabeth Lawrence, Sandy Creek, NY;
Second Place: Rob Ammerman, Buffalo, NY; and
Third Place: Maryrose Angelo, Syracuse, NY.

15– to 18–year–olds:
First Place: Oren Robinson, Nedrow, NY;
Second Place: Melissa Brown, Naples, NY; and
Third Place: Melissa Gardiner, Liverpool, NY.

For information about New York State's pollution prevention initiatives, contact the DEC's Pollution Prevention Unit at (518) 402–9469 or visit www.dec.state.ny.us/website/ppu

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