Powering a Sustainable Tomorrow: UL and NAAEE are awarding $250,000 to innovative non-profit programs that teach STEM principles while tackling environmental challenges

by Tommy Cornelis

The third annual UL Innovative Education Award (ULIEA) program is open to eligible 501(c)(3) organizations in the United States and Canada. Awards will go to participants who best use innovative Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) curricula to help students of grades K–12 solve real-world environmental problems. A panel of environmental, science, research, and technical experts will determine one grand prize winner to receive $100,000; two second-tier winners to receive $50,000 each; and two third-tier winners to receive $25,000 each.

The submission window closes on February 28, 2017 and organizers will publicly announce the winning applicants in August 2017.  UL, the global safety science leader, in collaboration with North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) founded the ULIEA recognition program in 2015 and have since awarded $500,000 to 10 non-profit organizations. The investment supports youth engagement in local environmental issues, community engagement and encourages interest in engineering, technology, science, and mathematics.

The 2016 grand prize winner, Sun Works Greenhouse Project, built hydroponic farming labs into public schools to help New York City students address urban food production challenges through engineering and problem solving.

For more information head to the UL Innovation Education Award (ULIEA) website: http://ulinnovationeducation.naaee.net/