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By Linda Lisanti
LOS ANGELES -- BP plc, which was honored with Convenience Store News earlier this year by American Business Media's (ABM) William D. Littleford Awards for Corporate Community Service, contributed its prize money and a $500 company match to the Green Ambassadors program at the Environmental Charter High School. The Lawndale, Calif., school’s curriculum is based on environmental stewardship.
"BP's Helios House was awarded the runner-up prize in the ABM Littleford Awards due to our environmental education outreach and community service efforts in our local neighborhood. Thus, we felt the perfect recipient of the award donation and match would need to embody a similar mission of environmental education and community service. We found this in the Green Ambassadors program at the Environmental Charter High School," Helios House Site Director Nicole Dotts told CSNews Online.
Green Ambassadors is an environmental education program that empowers youth to be agents of change in their communities and world. Through service learning, community partnerships and cross-cultural and global exchange, the program fosters personal growth and leadership skills to help youth tackle the most critical environmental issues facing the planet. More information on the program can be found at www.greenambassadors.org.
With gratitude for the donation, 150 students from the Environmental Charter High School recently toured BP’s Helios House. The two-year-old Los Angeles facility is the first LEED-certified gas station in the U.S. and is used as a "living laboratory" where BP employees educate consumers about making greener choices in their lives.
"[The students] left impressed and inspired," said Gabrey Milner, team manager for Helios House. "They are creating their own versions of some of the environmental features they saw used here, and they will use our donation toward the completion of this project."
Milner and other BP representatives visited the high school March 27, and toured the two buildings being "greened" in ways inspired by the school's visit to Helios House the month before. They presented a $1,000 check to the Green Ambassadors, along with 150 tickets to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, also compliments of BP.
"The school relies primarily on grants and they were absolutely thrilled to accept our donation," Dotts told CSNews Online.
The annual William D. Littleford Awards for Corporate Community Service recognize outstanding community-service efforts by companies, organizations or individuals, as covered in ABM-member news outlets and nominated by editors and publishers of association members. BP’s nomination was based on the cover story of CSNews’ Feb. 4 issue, "Get Green," written by Senior Editor Linda Lisanti. The story highlighted BP’s corporate efforts around environmental education and sustainability.
This was the second consecutive year CSNews was awarded a Littleford Award. Last year, CSNews and Sheetz Inc. were named second runners-up.
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