Srini Vallabhaneni, Wet Weather/Stormwater Practice Leader at MWH, now part of Stantec, made a special visit to the White House on August 16, 2016. Srini and his wife Sunitha attended the Presidential Environmental Youth Award (PEYA) ceremony for their daughter (Sitha) and son (Shiva), both of whom were being recognized for their environmental works in the local community through an organization called Carmel Green Teen.
Sitha and Shiva are high school seniors and Youth Board Members of the Carmel Green Teen Micro-Grant Program. They have been continuously involved with this program for the past six years. The Carmel Green Teen is a nonprofit, youth-led program that empowers young people to take action by funding/managing youth-driven projects that reduces pollution, conserves natural resources, saves energy, or restores native habitats or species. The goal of the members is to challenge the youth in the City of Carmel, Indiana to use their skills, creativity and energy to help make the community greener and more sustainable and increase environmental awareness in the broader community through numerous community events.
The PEYA program recognizes outstanding environmental projects by K-12 youth. This program promotes awareness of our nation’s natural resources and encourages positive community involvement. Since 1971, the President of the United States has joined with EPA to recognize young people for protecting our nation’s air, water, land, and ecology. It is one of the most important ways EPA and the Administration demonstrate commitment to environmental stewardship efforts created and conducted by our nation’s youth.
Congratulations to the Vallabhaneni family for this outstanding accomplishment!