OACD and Chesapeake Energy to Partner on Outstanding Conservation Educator AwardMon, 19 Dec 2011 13:11:59 CST
As part of their continuing commitment to Oklahoma and the health of its environment, Chesapeake Energy and the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts (OACD) have once again teamed up today to announce the "Chesapeake Energy Outstanding Oklahoma Conservation Educator Contest," a statewide program that honors the Oklahoma school teachers who most effectively incorporate natural resource conservation learning into their class curriculum. The Chesapeake Outstanding Conservation Educator Award will be presented to one teacher in each Oklahoma Congressional District. Each winner will receive $2000 at the Governor's Conservation Awards Ceremony during Conservation Day at the Capitol next spring.
"We are truly honored to again have Chesapeake, Oklahoma's most active driller and largest clean natural gas producer, as our partner in furthering conservation in Oklahoma," Joe Parker, President of OACD said. "The company's continued sponsorship of these awards and its commitment to protecting and conserving our natural resources is greatly appreciated. They are truly committed to the conservation and protection of our soil, water, air and wildlife habitats."
The Chesapeake Outstanding Conservation Educator Award will be presented annually to the Oklahoma school teachers judged as having best incorporated information on the conservation of our natural resources into their lesson plans using inventive and imaginative techniques.
Winners of the award will be announced at the Governor's Conservation Award Ceremony during Conservation Day at the Capitol. The winners will also be recognized at the OACD annual state meeting.
"It's an honor for Chesapeake to partner again with the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts to recognize the outstanding conservation educators in Oklahoma," said Teresa Rose, Chesapeake Director of Community Relations. "Chesapeake is committed to being a leader in a wide variety of areas including the protection of Oklahoma's environment and bountiful natural resources.
Chesapeake's commitment to environmental education is one we take very seriously and we believe environmental education is essential to ensure future Oklahoma leaders have the knowledge base to make wise environmental decisions. Those decisions will be critical to the preservation of our quality of life and the strengthening of our economy. That's why we believe it is beneficial to honor exceptional teachers who also recognize the importance of environmental education."
"This is a great partnership between Chesapeake and OACD," Clay Pope, Executive Director of OACD said. "By working together we can help ensure that the next generations of Oklahomans, both rural and urban, have the productive base of natural resources we now enjoy while maintaining healthy soils, clean water, and abundant wildlife. We are proud to be working together to accomplish these goals."
The official rules for this contest and additional information are available by contacting your local conservation district office or by contacting Clay Pope, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts, at (405) 699-2087 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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