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EDISON EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM RECEIVES TOP ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD

 EDISON EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM RECEIVES TOP ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD
 ROSEMEAD, Calif. Nov. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Southern California Edison, as part of a local educational consortium, will receive the nation's highest environmental honor -- the President's Environment and Conservation Challenge Award. Edison is being recognized for its involvement in the "Think Earth" environmental education program, an elementary school environmental curriculum. The Presidential Medal for environmental excellence is one of nine medals being presented to U.S. individuals or organizations for outstanding environmental achievements.
 "Think Earth" is a consortium of 13 businesses, agencies, and educational organizations that was created to develop a unique environmental program. Since 1991, the consortium has provided "Think Earth" materials free to almost 2,000 public and private elementary schools in Southern California, reaching children from kindergarten through third grade. The program has the potential to reach 25 million students at 64,000 elementary schools - at no cost to the schools.
 The goal of this program is to get children to "Think Earth" - to conserve natural resources, reduce waste, and minimize pollution. "Think Earth" teaches students to balance human and environmental needs. It also emphasizes practical skills and empowers children with environmental attitudes designed to make a difference.
 "Think Earth" is one of many Edison-sponsored educational programs that assist educators, parents, and students from kindergarten through college by developing and distributing educational materials and resources. These materials reach almost 5,000 institutions in the company's service territory.
 Edison supports quality education by helping build student self- esteem and meeting the needs of ethnic diversity. The company is forging strong links with its communities by forming partnerships with educational institutions. Edison also supports partnerships with other businesses to encourage investment in the educational system. This will ensure that future students will have the skills necessary for success.
 The President's Environment and Conservation Awards were established in 1991 to recognize innovative environmental initiatives. Awards are presented in four categories: Partnership, Environmental Quality Management, Innovation, and Education and Communications.
 "Think Earth" is administered by the Council on Environmental Quality, in a partnership with the National Geographic Society, the Hearst Corp., The Business Roundtable, and the World Wildlife Fund.
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