Bel Air resident one of winners in poster contest

December 17, 2011 by  

Bel Air 7th grade student Allie Nesbit has won one of the categories in the 2nd annual Harford County Conservation and Stewardship Poster Contest. The student from Southampton Middle School won in the 6-8 Alternative/Reusable category.

The winners were announced on December 1 at Eden Mill Nature Center; representatives from the Harford County governments Sustainability Office and the Department of Parks and Recreation were in attendance.

There were five categories in the poster contest depending on grade which received 425 entries:

• K-2 Recycling
• 3-5 Energy Conservation
• 6-8 Alternative/Reusable Energy
• 9-10 Reducing your Carbon Footprint
• 11-12 Sustainability

Each winning poster is now on display in Harford County Government office buildings, Harford County Public Libraries and Harford County Public Schools. Hopefully, the winners will have access to poster printing services in Bel Air and other towns so they can share their winning design with their friends and family. By holding the contest the County hopes to foster an understanding of environmental issues amongst school children, their parents and the general population. The current government strives:

“to protect and preserve the County’s environment through efficient use and reuse of its resources.”

It’s important to reach children early about the importance of reusing our natural resources. They are the ones who will find the solutions to the environmental problems we are dealing with today. While there is some controversy about the ways we do it, we have to take better care of our environment. Recycling and energy conservation just make sense, no matter how you look at it.