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2013-2014 "Sustainable Seas" Art Contest
During the 2013–2014 school year, students in grades K–12 were invited to participate in a “Sustainable Seas” art contest sponsored by JASON Learning, the North American Marine Environmental Protection Association (NAMEPA), and the U.S. Coast Guard. Sustainable development is a way to use the resources we need to live healthy and fulfilling lives without endangering the future well-being of the planet and all the creatures that call it home. Having sustainable seas means using our aquatic resources to help meet our needs in terms of food, transportation, and recreation, but doing so in a responsible way. Students considered the following question: What is one specific thing people could do to create healthier, more sustainable seas? Out of the 345 entries received, 12 entries (six from grades K–5 and six from grades 6–12) were selected as finalists. Finalists will receive a certificate and a calendar with the artwork from all 12 finalists. Two grand-prize winning artists (one from each of the grade brackets) were selected from among the finalists and will also receive 1) a signed photograph and book from world-famous oceanographer Dr. Robert Ballard, 2) a $100 cash prize, 3) and a U.S. Coast Guard prize package.
About the North American Marine Environment Protection Association
The North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) is a maritime industry-led initiative which engages maritime businesses, government and the public to “Save our Seas” by promoting sound environmental practices. NAMEPA operates as a nongovernmental organization committed to preserving the marine environment through educating seafarers, port communities and students about the need, and strategies, for protecting this important global resource. For more information, visit namepa.net.
About the United States Coast Guard
The U.S. Coast Guard is one of the five armed forces of the United States and the only military organization within the Department of Homeland Security. Since 1790 the Coast Guard has safeguarded our maritime and environmental interests around the world. The Coast Guard is an adaptable, responsive military force of maritime professionals whose broad legal authorities, capable assets, geographic diversity and expansive partnerships provide a persistent presence along our rivers, in the ports, littoral regions and on the high seas. Coast Guard presence and impact is local, regional, national and international. These attributes make the Coast Guard a unique instrument of maritime safety, security and environmental stewardship. For more information, visit uscg.mil.
Sustainable Seas Art Contest Grand Prize Winners and Finalists