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New York Power Authority Sponsors Long Island “Envirothon”
Two Teams to Go to Statewide Environmental Competition

Contact:
Ed Birdie
914-390-8180
ed.birdie@nypa.gov          

May 21, 2009

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OLD BETHPAGE – Long Island will send two teams to the New York State Envirothon—an environmental competition designed to help students become environmentally aware, action-oriented adults. More than 40 teams from 24 high schools in Nassau and Suffolk counties took part in the 11th annual Long Island Regional Envirothon on April 28, sponsored by the New York Power Authority (NYPA), regional Soil and Water Conservation Districts, and other governmental and corporate sponsors including Canon USA.  

The winning teams were from Sachem High School North in Suffolk County and Chaminade High School in Nassau County.  Both teams will participate at the New York State Envirothon Championship on May 27 and 28, at Keuka College, located in Keuka Park.

“Congratulations to all the winners, and our thanks to everyone who participated in this year’s Long Island Envirothon,” said NYPA President and Chief Executive Officer Richard M. Kessel. “Environmental stewardship has been at the forefront of the Power Authority’s mission for many years.  Sponsoring these great student competitions directly supports this mission and indirectly benefits us all.”

High school students in teams of five, compete in an outdoor setting, answering questions in several categories including: soil, forestry, wildlife, aquatics and current natural resources issues.  The theme of this year’s competition was “Biodiversity in a Changing World.”

The winning team from New York State will compete in the 21st Annual Canon Envirothon Championship in August at the University of North Carolina, located in Asheville, N.C.

About NYPA:

■    NYPA uses no tax money or state credit.  It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity.  ■    NYPA is a leader in promoting energy-efficiency, new energy technologies and electric transportation initiatives.  ■    It is the nation’s largest state-owned electric utility, with 18 generating facilities in various parts of the state and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines.   For more information, www.nypa.gov.

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