Reward your Children for Protecting our Natural Resources (and Lowering Your Utility Bills)
Online PR News – 08-July-2014 – Santa Monica, CA – While protecting our environment's valuable assets continues to be of high importance, it’s encouraging to know that leading the way in preserving our planet is our most valuable asset; our kids!
"Environ Medals" was created 7 years ago by Santa Monica, California residents, Mimi and Jon Torp, to reward their young daughter, Emily, for her diligent efforts to protect our planet's eco-system. As other parents and educators heard about the program and wanted their kids and students to participate, the Torp’s quickly recognized that there was a serious lack of environmental awards to thank all the young people who work so hard to make our planet a cleaner and safer place to live.
"Saving the Earth's resources should be a sport. It’d be great if parents and teachers could reward their kids for their reduce/reuse/recycling efforts as much as they do for playing soccer or softball," says Jon.
“Saving the Earth's resources should be a sport. It’d be great if parents and teachers could reward their kids for their reduce/reuse/recycling efforts as much as they do for playing soccer or softball”
The Torps began the program at their daughter’s Santa Monica, California school, Franklin Elementary, and thanks to word-of-mouth and the launch of their website Environmedals.com, it rapidly expanded to Malibu’s Point Dume Elementary as well as schools in Temecula and even in Washington State.
"The younger kids are the most excited about it," Mimi says, "Which is good, because we want kids to start thinking early on about conservation so it becomes automatic - just like putting on a seat-belt. And the fact that they’ll earn a medal for their efforts truly motivates them".
The parents are enthusiastic because the kids' conservation efforts are not only bettering our planet, but producing a marked decrease in utility costs.
The kids are asked to do such things as:
• Turn off the water when brushing your teeth
• Recycle cans, plastic bottles, newspaper and magazines
• Encourage Dad to turn off the water while shaving
• Bring Trashless Lunches to school. Use Lunch Boxes instead of paper bags. Carry food in reusable containers and water bottles
• Choose one glass to use all day or use a water bottle. (This will cut down on the number of glasses to be washed)
• Turn off the TV when not watching it
• Turn off lights when leaving a room
• Take a five minute shower instead of a bath
• Use both sides of paper
Kids everywhere can earn a medal by downloading a checklist from EnvironMedals.com. Once a minimum of 25 BOXES have been checked and reviewed by a parent or Guardian, go to ENVIRONMEDALS.COM and click on the CHECKLIST COMPLETED link. Fill-in the accomplished tasks and delivery information and the Torps will send the "Eco-Warrior" their complimentary "Planet Earth ENVIRON MEDAL" to commemorate their great achievement.
Each engraved shiny gold medal, designed by Jon and crafted by a Wisconsin medal maker, dangles on a shiny green ribbon and bears the proud slogan, "Champion of a Greener World".
The Environ Medals program was featured on CNN Headline News and the Torps have been honored by the Los Angeles Business Journal with a prestigious Green Agent Realtors Award for for their earth-friendly program.
Environ Medals - Rewarding Our Young Eco-Warriors for their Earth-Friendly Deeds.