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Inspired EPI students! ¡EPI estudiantes inspirados!

Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 EPI Alumni Leadership Award! Our theme this year is climate change, and we're excited to read about what you want to do to inspire conservation action in your environment and community! Applications will be accepted through October 31st. 

¡Ahora estamos aceptando solicitudes para el Premio al Liderazgo EPI 2019! ¡Nuestro tema este año es el cambio climático, y nos emociona leer sobre lo que quieres hacer para inspirar la acción de conservación en tu entorno y comunidad! Las solicitudes serán aceptadas hasta el 31 de octubre. 

Beach clean-up in Belize I Limpiar la playa en Belice

View the Application | Ver la aplicación

Share your passion for eco-action

Do you have an idea for a project that will address climate change, or help a climate-threatened species, community, or ecosystem? Apply for a 2019 EPI Alumni Leadership Award! As an EPI alum, you are eligible to apply for money to initiate or participate in a conservation-related project that builds awareness or takes action to address climate change. Like what? You could attend a workshop or class, develop a service project to help a climate-threatened species, community, or ecosystem, create a research project, or organize a festival to learn about or draw attention to local climate impacts and opportunities. Or come up with your own! We love creativity and passion. Past winners have organized beach clean-ups, started eco-clubs, painted murals, built bee boxes, and worked to ban plastic straws!

Think creatively about how you can contribute to conservation, then share your idea with us through the application process. Create a step-by-step plan to achieve your conservation project and get busy! To apply, you'll need to answer specific questions about your project like: Why is it needed, who will be involved, how much time will it take, what actions will you take, and how much will it cost?

Prizes are awarded for projects that demonstrate the greatest potential to positively affect an important conservation issue. Check out our Hints and Tips for more information. You may apply for an individual award of up to $500. The number of projects we fund will depend on the amount of each award. Deadline - October 31, 2019

To apply, you will need to:

Questions? Email Heather McKee


Comparte tu pasión por la acción por la conservación

¿Tiene una idea para un proyecto que abordará el cambio climático o ayudará a mitigar sus efectos en una especie, comunidad o ecosistema? ¡Participa en el Premio al Liderazgo EPI 2019! Como alumno de EPI, eres elegible para solicitar dinero para iniciar o participar en un proyecto relacionado con la conservación que cree conciencia o tome medidas para enfrentar el cambio climático. ¿Como qué? Por ejemplo, puedes asistir a un taller o clase, desarrollar un proyecto para ayudar a una especie, comunidad o ecosistema amenazado por el clima, crear un proyecto de investigación u organizar un festival sobre los impactos y las oportunidades del clima local. ¡O crea tu propia idea! Amamos la creatividad y la pasión. ¡Los ganadores anteriores organizaron limpiezas de playa, empezaron clubes ecológicos, pintaron murales, construyeron cajas de abejas y trabajaron para prohibir los popetes! 

Cada año, otorgamos premios a los exalumnos de EPI para apoyar sus proyectos de conservación. Si tu proyecto gana un premio, te daremos fondos para ayudarte a transformarlo en acción. ¡Crea un plan paso a paso para lograr tu proyecto y ponerlo en marcha! Para aplicar, necesitarás contestar preguntas específicas sobre tu proyecto como: ¿por qué es necesario, cómo estaremos involucrados, cuánto tiempo llevará, qué acciones tomarás, y cuánto costará?

Los premios son asignados a proyectos que demuestran un alto potencial para impactar positivamente los problemas de conservación. Consulta esta página de Tips y Sugerencias para más información. Puedes aplicar para un premio individual por hasta $500. El número de proyectos que financiamos dependerá del monto de cada premio. Fecha límite - 31 de octubre de 2019

Para aplicar, necesitarás:

¿Preguntas? Manda un correo a Heather McKee


View the Application | Ver la aplicación

Meet our previous Leadership Award winners!

Meet Elise

Elise won a Leadership Award for initiating a citizen education campaign on the effects of palm oil harvesting in Borneo, which results in loss of habitat for endangered species like the orangutan, sun bear, and hornbill. She witnessed the effects of palm oil plantations on the local habitat during travels to Borneo. She developed an information station at the Oakland Zoo to teach visitors about the issue and to provide alternatives to products using palm oil. 

Meet Yolanda

Yolanda is a founding member of the Toledo District Liberating Recycling Leaders, a youth group that promotes recycling in their community. Yolanda and her group sponsored a project in which local Belizean students compete to write and perform the best song and dance about recycling. The goal of the project was to deliver a powerful message to her community (particularly youth) in a fun and engaging way.

Meet Enrique

Enrique initiated a program to promote proper disposal and recycling of batteries and raise awareness about how batteries can pollute underground water – a precious resource in Baja. Enrique’s project was the first step in the establishment of a permanent recycling program in the region. Through Enrique’s initiative, over 2 tons of batteries were properly removed and recycled and ½ ton of dangerous waste was safely controlled during the first year.