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Announcing the Winners of the My Community, Our Earth Rio+20 Competition 

The Association of American Geographers is pleased to announce the winners of the My Community, Our Earth (MyCOE) Rio+20 Competition. The competition called for youth-led sustainable development projects to be turned in around Rio+20 themes to celebrate MyCOE's ten year anniversary as well as the UN Conference on Sustainable Development that took place earlier this year June. 

15 winning projects were selected out of  the 145 that were submitted. Project themes included: Agriculture, Climate Change, Forests, Food Security, Green Economy, Hazards and Vulnerability and Youth Leadership. Awards were also given to the most popular project (chosen by online votes), and two high school teachers were recognized for their outstanding performance in connecting their high school classrooms online via international videoconferences, giving their students the chance to interact with their peers about these themes and their projects. 


“Pastureland Management in Borena  Zone  Ethiopia”
Biniam Teshale, Mersha Alemu, Slehak Melak
Addis Ababa University
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

High School
"Green Day"
TWA Green Team, TWA ChemClub, TWA Key Club, High Point Kiwanis Club, UNCG GK-12 Program, Kathy Melious

T Wingate Andrews High School
High Point, North Carolina, United States

“Assessing Coastal Erosion in Abakam Duakor in Cape Coast”
Osman Adam, Kofi Aduboahene, James Kweku Eshun (Mentor)
University of Cape Coast
Cape Coast, Ghana

High School
***This project also won our most popular project!
“Correlation Between the Philippine Science Students Annual Family Income and Carbon Footprint”
Amoncio, Hannah Joyce; Batulan, Trenah Dyne; Josol, Geremy Fe A.; Langahid, Kathy Claire; Ong, Dorothy Ann S.; Pique, Kenny; Taula, Japhet; Yu, Marian Isabel D.; Advisers: Robert Van Balorio; Michael A. Casas

Philippine Science High School  Southern Mindanao Campus
Davao City, Philippines

“Constructional Works and Food Insecurity in Apewosika and Amamoma
in the Univesity of Cape Coast”

Antwi, Grace Patience Bonney; Agyapong, Mensah Arhin; Ocran, Dominic; Twumasi, Ampofo; Agbodemegbe, K. Jacob; Eshun, James Kweku (Mentor)
University of Cape Coast
Cape Coast, Ghana

High School
“Environmental Hazards and Food Security in Shama”
Rhoda Opoku, Gifty Tsiquaye, Leah Mensah, Afukaah Patrick, Anita Ackon, Julia Doe, Irene Gyabeng, Ernestina Aggrey, TEACHER: Samuel Kobina Asiamah (mentor)

Sammo Senior High
Cape Coast, Ghana

“Current Status and Dynamics Space Time of Cloud Forest in the State of San Luis Potosi Mexico”
Edgar Gregorio Leija Loredo; Professor: Dr. Humberto Reyes Hernández

Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí

San Luis Potosí, Mexico

High School
Teenagers Boost Local Tourism Efforts Using GIS”
Ty Petty (mentor), Dara Carney-Nedelman (student), Dylan Roberts (student), Lydia Huggins (student), Elisabeth Moughon (student), and Stephen Moughon (student)
Unicoi County 4H
Erwin, Tennessee, United States


“Impact of Human Activities on the Fosu Lagoon”
Frederick Abeiku Arthur, James Kweku Eshun (Mentor)
University of Cape Coast
Cape Coast, Ghana

High School
“La chatarra un problema para mi comunidad”
Mariana Carolina Amaya Castillo ·  Katherine Reyneris Ruíz Velásquez ·  Carolina Nohemy Gutiérrez Alvarado ·  Junieth Lorena Ramírez Castellón ·  Carlos Andrés Espinoza Fonseca ·  José Alberto Valladares Urbina, Gladys Mendieta (docente)
Colegio Pan Y Amor—Batahola
Managua, Nicaragua

“El Megadeslizamiento en la zona Callapa. La Paz – Bolivia”
Lilian Grísel Pacheco Guzmán
Olivia Quispe Aguilar
Universidad Mayor de San Andres
La Paz, Bolivia

High School
“Hazards Maps of Davao City”
Ivanka Lizbeth Priete, Reinna Biaca, Cassandra Loquero, Christylene Caber, Bethune Cortez,
Adviser: Michael A. Casas
Philippine Science High School Southern Mindanao Campus
Davao City, Philippines


High School
“Vulnerable Communities in Historic Cape Coast”
Mabel Otoo (Leader), Efua Koomson, Cecilia Coker, Adjei Shadrach,

TEACHER: Samuel Asiamah (Mentor)
Sammo Senior High School

Cape Coast, Ghana

George Thornton, Teacher
Oroville High School
Oroville, Washington

Julia Soria, Teacher
Liceo Venezuela
La Paz, Bolivia



 To view these as well as other projects submitted for our Rio+20 and Earth Day MyCOE competitions, please see our MyCOE project gallery


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