Obama initiative notes UCF group

The University of Central Florida’s efforts to go “green” have earned the attention of the White House, which this week is showcasing the student organization I.D.E.A.S. as a “Champion of Change.”

The Obama Administration’s “Champions of Change” series highlights Americans making positive changes to better their communities. UCF was among the eight students and institutions named “Youth Greening Schools,” which highlights young leaders who are committed to making their schools and communities more sustainable.

Earlier this year, I.D.E.A.S., short for Intellectual Decisions on Environmental Awareness Solutions, placed third in the Green Your School Challenge, a national, annual competition in which schools showcase projects that protect the environment and fight climate change. UCF was the only university to make the top 10.

UCF’s participation in the competition is featured on the White House’s website, along with I.D.E.A.S. projects including bike rallies, beach cleanups and environmental education presentations.

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