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Who is Lakewood’s next superhero?

Are you speedier to the recycling bin in the school cafeteria than your classmates? Are you compelled to pick up trash on your walk home from school? You might just be an environmental superhero, and you could become the next Defender of the Planet.

If you are a child, teen, student or scout interested in making your community or school more sustainable, consider crafting a project that could win you the City’s Defender of the Planet award.

The award is part of Lakewood’s annual Sustainability Awards, which the City gives each spring to recognize those leading the way to a more sustainable Lakewood. The Defender of the Planet is awarded solely to youth. The process and the award is an excellent college-application builder, a fun way to be honored by City leaders and an opportunity to be involved in the civic process. Learn more at

Projects submitted for the awards are evaluated on achievement in one or more of the following areas, so design your project with one of these elements in mind: climate change, innovation in environmental technology, preservation of ecology and biodiversity, green design, waste reduction and recycling. Projects also must have a positive impact, embrace innovation and meet the goals of the Lakewood Comprehensive Plan, an important City document that establishes the vision for the City that can be reviewed at

Projects in 2013 or early 2014 are eligible for the 2014 Defender of the Planet award. Nominations are due March 3, 2014.

Lakewood’s Sustainability Awards celebrate Earth Day and recognize community members who are instituting sustainable practices at the office, home, school and in the community. The other categories for the Sustainability Awards are Community Sustainability and Eco-Employee for Lakewood employees. The Employees’ Committee for a Sustainable Lakewood, in conjunction with Lakewood City Council, will present the awards at the April 14, 2014, City Council Meeting.
Posted on: Tuesday, November 05, 2013