From the Spring 2011 Conservationist for Kids
Meet the 2010 Greenest NYer
I LOVE NY's Greenest NYer Contest
By Gina Jack
In 2010, New York State turned their red heart green and announced a new program dedicated to eco-friendly travel and tourism - Green Heart NY! The green heart is about appreciating the natural features we have in New York State, and working together to conserve them for future generations to enjoy.
Meet Kaity Tsui (pronounced Kite-ey Choy). I LOVE New York named her the "Greenest NYer" for 2010. Each year for Earth Day I LOVE NY will name a new "Greenest NYer" for the coming year.
Kaity won I LOVE NEW YORK's first Greenest NYer contest in 2010. In her contest submission, she described how she leads by example, encouraging others to follow in her footsteps, make wise choices, and understand the effects that they have on the environment.
Kaity follows her green ideals every day. She drinks tap water and uses a refillable bottle. She donates items she can no longer use so someone else can use them. She recycles or composts as much of her waste as possible. Tossing something in the trash is a last resort!
Kaity is involved with many organizations in her community that support green living. During an AmeriCorps internship with the New York Restoration Project, she was the coordinator of MillionTreesNYC. Her work supported efforts to plant one million trees across New York City. More recently, as I LOVE NY's Greenest NYer, Kaity has helped to spread the word about green travel opportunities in New York State, like parks, waterways, walking trails and eco-friendly hotels and restaurants.
Do you know someone who shares the spirit of Green Heart NY?
Is there someone whose example you like to follow? Maybe it's a teacher in your school, or someone from your neighborhood or town. From March 15 through April 5, 2011, you can nominate your choice for the next Greenest NYer! Nominees must be at least 21 years old. From April 7 to 17, you can vote for your favorite submissions to choose the top three finalists. A panel of judges will make the final selection and the Greenest NYer for 2011 will be announced on April 30. Visit I LOVE NEW YORK's contest site to make a nomination for 2011.