Statewide Poster and Poetry/Prose Exhibit

Transportation and Air Pollution…What Are the Green Solutions?

Dear Fifth/Sixth Grade Educators,

Environmental Pathways statewide poster, poetry/prose contest.We invite your students to participate in the annual Environmental Pathways statewide poster and poetry/prose exhibit. The theme of the 2015 event will be “Transportation and Air Pollution…What Are the Green Solutions?” focusing on the importance of understanding green transportation, how it relates to air quality, and the cleaner, more sustainable options for transportation.

We believe that the creation of posters and written works gives your students an opportunity to express and share, on a deeper and more personal level, what they have learned. The student exhibit also draws attention to environmental issues.

We recommend that you have a school exhibit of your students' works. Ask students and faculty to vote for their favorite entries. Then send the Illinois EPA the top four posters and top four poetry/prose entries (representing the school) for inclusion in the statewide exhibit.

Students whose works have been chosen for the exhibit, together with their parents and teachers, will be invited to an awards reception in Springfield. The finalists will receive certificates and ribbons. Twelve students (six in each category) will be given special recognition and will each receive an environmental reference book for his or her school's library. Following the recognition reception, the works will remain on display at the Illinois EPA April 20 through May 18.

The top twelve entries also will be displayed on the Illinois EPA's web site providing additional recognition for the winning entries as well as promoting the program.

To participate in the poster and poetry/prose contest you will need the participation packet which contains the rules and necessary forms. Please read the timetable below and note important dates and deadlines.

Contest Materials:

Exhibit timetable is as follows:

January 2015
Educators introduce Environmental Justice, why the economy, a healthy environment and the balance of the two are important, and how it relates to the local community.
January 26 - 30
Students create posters or written works relating to the theme focus.
February 2 - 5
Teachers display posters and poems/prose at their school. Students and faculty vote to select four posters and four written entries to submit to the Illinois EPA for further judging.
February 6
Teacher/school sends four posters and/or four poems/prose to the Illinois EPA; a total of eight entries per school. Entries must be postmarked before or on February 3, 2014.
February 24
Illinois EPA staff selects the top posters and written works for exhibition.
February 25
A panel of judges (from local organizations) selects the top twelve entries.
April 18
Reception and awards ceremony held in Springfield.
April 20 - May 18
Top posters, poems and prose on exhibit at the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, Springfield.

Informational resources can be found on the following web sites:

Awards are subject to change or funding.

All entries become the property of the Illinois EPA. If you have any questions, please call Kristi Morris at (217) 558-7198.