Health Department Commemorates Earth Day with Poster Contest

Winning Posters Depict “Pollution Prevention Starts with You” Theme

PITTSBURGH – Three students in grades 6-8 are winners in the 14th annual environmental poster contest sponsored by the Allegheny County Health Department in commemoration of Earth Day 2013, April 22.

The theme of this year’s contest was “Pollution Prevention Starts with You.”  Pollution prevention is the act of eliminating or reducing harmful waste and pollution before it is made.  

Students were encouraged to create posters depicting their environmental knowledge of ways that pollution can be reduced, such as by recycling or limiting the use of electricity. 

First place was awarded to Lucia Santos of Shadyside Academy Middle School, Shadyside, for a poster asking “Which path will you take?” and showing a fork in the road, with one path leading to “Clean Air Ville” and the other to “Pollution Ville.”

Second place was awarded to Camden Jennings of Mellon Middle School, Mt. Lebanon, for a poster declaring the “The world is in your hands.” and showing a globe of the Earth in the palm of a hand with green leaves falling all around it.

Third place was awarded to Angeline Pho of St. Maria Goretti, Bloomfield, for depicting a circular path with some pollution prevention actions along the way and stating “The beauty of nature lies in the details.”

Megan Stafford of Shadyside Academy Middle School received honorable mention for a poster showing ways to outsmart a fictional environmental villain with Earth-friendly habits that lead to a healthier planet. 

The winning posters are available for viewing on the Health Department’s web site at World Wide Web Icon www.achd.net/air/2013postercontest/

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