Ames teacher wins national environmental award

AMES, Iowa (AP) — An Ames teacher is one of 11 educators nationally to win an EPA award for teaching environmental stewardship and civic responsibility in the classroom.

Ames High School science teacher Mike Todd gets $2,000 to further his professional development in environmental education. The school also gets $2,000 to help continue environmental educational activities.

The Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators is given by the White House Council on Environmental Quality and the Environmental Protection Agency. Winners were announced Tuesday.

It recognizes teachers for integrating environmental education into their lessons and connecting students with their communities and the natural world.

Todd, a biology and environmental science teacher, has received $20,000 in grant funds over five years to buy equipment students use to monitor a local pond and manage a prairie.

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