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Tesla STEM senior wins Brower Youth Award for environmental activism


Anne Lee, a senior at Tesla STEM High School, is one of six recipients of the 2017 Brower Youth Award. The awards recognize young leaders who are making strides in the environmental movement.

Lee co-founded “Schools Under 2C,” a student-led organization that has challenged schools around the nation and the world to reduce carbon emissions. The goal – like that of the Paris Climate Accord – is to prevent global temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius.

For its part, Tesla STEM has reduced its monthly carbon footprint by more than two tons. The group has also implemented a composting program, lighting reduction plan, and use of a transportation incentive mobile app that encourages students to choose greener ways of commuting to school.

Schools Under 2C was recognized in June with the President’s Environmental Youth Award from the Environmental Protection Agency Region 10.  

Lee received her award during a ceremony on Oct. 17 at Herbst Theatre in San Francisco. The awards are presented by the nonprofit Earth Island Institute.