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AAG Congratulates Winners of My Community, Our Earth Rio+20 Competition

July 25, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC –– 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 celebrate MyCOE's ten year anniversary as well as the UN Conference on Sustainable Development held in June.

The submitted projects were to focus on themes related to the Rio+20 Earth Summit. They included: Agriculture, Climate Change, Forests, Food Security, Green Economy, Hazards and Vulnerability and Youth Leadership.

In all, 15 winning projects were selected from 145 entries. One project was also selected by the most number of online votes to receive the Most Popular Award.

In addition to the youth-led projects, two high school teachers were recognized for their outstanding performance in connecting their high school classrooms via videoconferences to give their students the opportunity to interact with their international peers on the Rio+20 themes and their projects.

A link to the full list of the winning entries is available online at

For more information, contact Astrid Ng at or direct media inquiries to David Coronado at

MyCOE (My Community Our Earth: Geographic Learning for Sustainable Development) is a U.S. Type II Public-Private Partnership established in 2001 in conjunction with the United Nations World Summit for Sustainable Development in Johannesburg. It provides geographic perspectives, learning resources, and technological tools to encourage youth to engage with their local communities around global sustainability themes. Additional information is available at

The Association of American Geographers is a scientific and educational society with a current membership of over 11,000 individuals from more than 60 countries. Its members are geographers and related professionals who work in the public, private, and academic sectors to advance the theory, methods, and practice of geography. The AAG is a founding partner of MyCOE and has served as secretariat since its inception. Go to to learn more.



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