PORTLAND, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Jessica Qiu, a third-grader at Faria A+ Elementary School in San Jose, Calif., received the top North American prize in the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) 22nd annual International Children’s Painting Competition on the Environment (ICPC). Her painting addresses the theme, “Water: Where does it come from?”
Qiu was honored at the Native American Student and Community Center at Portland State University (PSU) as Bayer Corporation and UNEP unveiled the 2013 ICPC Exhibition to herald World Environment Day celebrations in Portland, this year’s North American host city.
Her first-place award included a $1,000 cash prize and an all-expense paid trip for her and a chaperone to UNEP's International Children's Conference later this year. While there, she will join the first place winners from UNEP's five other global regions. This year, more than 63,000 paintings from 109 countries were received.
Also honored at the Portland exhibition were second-place winner Amy Zhu, a fourth-grader at John Gomes Elementary School in Fremont, Calif., and “Portland’s Best” first- and second-place winners, sixth-graders Marcellus Omer from Faubion Elementary School and Cali Rawhouser-Mylet from Holy Redeemer Catholic School, respectively.
The ICPC is a signature event of UNEP’s annual World Environment Day celebrations. The painting competition is sponsored globally by Bayer AG and regionally in North America by Bayer Corporation. The ICPC Exhibition at the Gathering Room of PSU’s Native American Student and Community Center is part of Bayer’s sponsorship of the World Environment Day Youth Programs in Portland.
The 50-picture exhibition features the four winning paintings, including Jessica’s which vividly portrays water bringing life to plants, animals and humans. The exhibition will be on display through October 31. The paintings were selected from 708 submissions received from 17 U.S. states and the District of Columbia and three Canadian provinces.
“Every year ICPC competition and exhibition impresses and inspires us, particularly the creativity and depth of understanding and concern about the environment these young artists depict,” said Lauren Trocano, Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility, Bayer Corporation. “A cornerstone of our long-term partnership with UNEP, this is exactly what we hope to accomplish with ICPC, awakening the next generation of environmental stewards and socially responsible citizens.”
In North America, Bayer Corporation’s partnership with the UNEP Regional Office for North America (RONA) brings ICPC to communities across the U.S. where Bayer, through itsMaking Science Make Sense®program, has partnerships with local school districts.
“It has been a pleasure to partner with Bayer Corporation these past seven years. This year’s young winners demonstrated the importance of water with imagination, and displayed an impressive knowledge of the environment and how critical a healthy, secure and sustainable water supply is for our communities since it ties directly to our quality of life,” said Amy Fraenkel, Director of UNEP’s Regional Office for North America.
Established in 1991 and organized annually by partners UNEP, Bayer, Nikon and the Foundation for Global Peace and the Environment, the ICPC invites elementary and middle school students, ages six to 14, to learn about the environment and express that knowledge creatively through art. Since its founding, more than three million paintings from children in more than 150 countries have been submitted. Each year, regional winners are selected from UNEP’s six regions including North America; Africa; Asia and the Pacific; West Asia; Latin America and the Caribbean; and Europe.
About Bayer Corporation andMaking Science Make Sense®
Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, agriculture and high-tech materials. As an inventor company, it sets trends in research-intensive areas. Bayer’s products and services are designed to benefit people and improve the quality of life. At the same time, the Group aims to create value through innovation, growth and high earning power. Bayer is committed to the principles of sustainable development and acts as a socially and ethically responsible corporate citizen. In fiscal 2012, the Group employed 110,500 people and had sales of €39.8 billion. In North America, Bayer had 2012 net sales of €9,576 million ($12,257 million) and employed 15,300 at year-end. For more information, go to www.bayerus.com.
Making Science Make Sense® (MSMS) is Bayer’s company-wide initiative that advances science literacy through hands-on, inquiry-based science education, employee volunteerism and a public education campaign. Currently, 12 Bayer sites around the U.S. operate local MSMS programs, which together represent a national volunteer corps of more than 1,000 employees.
About the United Nations Environment Programme and World Environment Day
Established in 1972 following the United Nation’s Conference on the Human Environment, UNEP’s mission is to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations. World Environment Day is one of the principal vehicles through which the United Nations stimulates world-wide awareness of the environment and enhances political attention and action. With thousands of events in the six UNEP regions, World Environment Day is considered the largest environmental event of its kind.
About the UNEP Regional Office for North America
The mission of UNEP's Regional Office for North America (RONA), which is located in Washington, D.C. and comprises Canada and the United States, is: to build support in the region for UNEP's work; to promote effective responses to international environmental challenges; and to foster cooperation on environmental issues between North America and the broader international community. To achieve this mission, RONA’s strategy is to promote collaboration between UNEP and all sectors of North American society, including U.S. and Canadian governmental institutions, the private sector and civil society groups, and to provide UNEP with North American perspectives. For more information on UNEP RONA, go to: www.unep.org/rona.
About Bayer and UNEP
Bayer AG is the first company in the world to forge a long-term partnership with UNEP in the area of youth and environment. The partners first began cooperating on youth environmental projects in Asia in the late 1990s. In 2004, Bayer and UNEP signed a framework agreement to globalize this partnership. The partners have jointly organized a dozen environmental projects for young people around the world, including the TUNZA International Youth and Children’s Conference, regional youth networks, the Bayer Young Environmental Envoy Program, the International Children’s Painting Competition, the photo competition Ecology in Focus in Eastern Europe and TUNZA Magazine. In addition, Bayer Corporation in the United States supports UNEP’s World Environment Day activities in North America. Further information on the partnership between UNEP and Bayer is available on the Internet at: www.unep.bayer.com.
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