The Billings Outpost

Fellowship to boost environmental ed

Toyota and the National Audubon Society announced last week that a Toyota TogetherGreen Fellowship will be awarded to a Billings-based environmental educator. After a competitive nationwide selection process, Darcie Howard was selected for the year-long fellowship program and a $10,000 grant.

Audubon and Toyota select 40 high-potential conservation leaders to receive Toyota TogetherGreen Fellowships each year. With their $10,000 grants, Toyota TogetherGreen Fellows conduct community projects to engage diverse audiences in habitat, water or energy conservation. In addition to receiving support to help launch their conservation initiatives, Toyota TogetherGreen Fellows also benefit from specialized training and membership in a diverse national network of conservation professionals.

Howard will launch a project to establish a citizen science program at the Audubon Conservation Education Center that integrates technology to engage teens in nature and science.

“Toyota TogetherGreen Fellows help people engage with nature. They look like America: diverse, passionate and patriotic,” said Audubon President and CEO David Yarnold (@david_yarnold). “They are environmental heroes and we’re excited to give them a chance to invent the future.”

“I am honored to be part of an amazing group of fellows from across the country,” said Darcie Howard, Toyota TogetherGreen Fellow. “I believe in my project and am excited to begin working with Senior and West High Environmental Science students.”

The Toyota TogetherGreen Fellowship Program invests in conservation leaders of all backgrounds, providing them with resources, visibility and a growing peer network to help them lead communities nationwide to a healthier environmental future.

Since 2008, 240 conservation leaders from across the country have been awarded Toyota TogetherGreen Fellowships. They have engaged nearly 150,000 people in a wide variety of conservation efforts nationwide.

A complete list of 2013 Toyota TogetherGreen Fellows and details about their conservation projects can be found at www.togethergreen.org/fellows

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