Environmental Education Group to HOnor Phillips for Services

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BARTLESVILLE _ Phillips Petroleum Co. has will receive the "Outstanding Service to Environmental Education Award" from the North American Association for Environmental Education.

The award will be presented today at the group's annual conference in Cancun, Mexico.

The award is one of the three major awards given by North American Association for Environmental Education in recognition of environmental leadership and the only award that recognizes a corporation or organization. The other two awards are reserved for individuals.

"Phillips was selected for this award because of its long history of support for environmental education and its reputation for devoting corporate resources to environmental education at the local, state and national levels," Edward J. McCrea, executive director of the group said.

The North American Association for Environmental Education has more than 2,000 members in 40 countries. The mission of the organization is to promote environmental education and support the work of environmental educators around the world.

Among programs for which Phillips is recognized include: Pep Awards: The Phillips Environmental Partnership Awards provide small grants to schools and nonprofit community groups to encourage local, grassroots environmental initiatives. Over the past two years, the company has awarded more that $400,000 to some 130 schools and organizations across the country. Project Wild: Phillips was the first corporate sponsor of Project Wild, one of the country's largest and best respected environmental education programs. With Phillips' support, Wild is establishing "Action Grants" in each of the states to give teachers a source of funding for small, environmental projects. Green Works: This innovative program is aimed at encouraging local, environmental projects by pairing Jaycees, an organization of young community leaders, with Project Learning Tree (PLT) teachers. …

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