Saturday, July 31, 2010

Hundreds Of North American High School Students To Compete At Annual Canon Envirothon

Teams Convene at California State University, Fresno, for One of North America's Largest High School Environmental Education Competitions

Lake Success, N.Y., July 29, 2010 – From August 1 through August 6, more than 270 teenagers from 45 U.S. states and 9 Canadian provinces will meet at California State University, Fresno, to participate as finalists in one of North America's largest high school environmental education competitions, the 2010 Canon Envirothon.

During the six-day competition, teams will be challenged on their knowledge of a variety of environmental issues including soils and land use, aquatic ecology, forestry, wildlife and a specially selected current environmental issue. For this year's competition, the topic is Protection of Groundwater Through Urban, Agricultural and Environmental Planning. Students will analyze the long-term and short-term impact of natural environmental occurrences, social and economic factors and human activities on ecosystems relative to how each may influence or directly impact natural resources and their management.

In addition to learning in-depth about environmental issues affecting our natural resources, teams will be competing for a share of more than $125,000 in educational scholarships as well as an array of Canon products. The competition is organized by the National Association of Conservation Districts, the United States Department of Agriculture (U.S.D.A) Forest Service and the U.S.D.A. Natural Resources Conservation Service in the U.S. and in Canada by the Provincial Forestry Associations.

"The decisions we make today regarding the conservation and preservation of our environment and natural resources will shape the future of our delicate planet," said, Bunji Yano, senior director and general manager, Corporate Communications, Canon U.S.A. "Canon believes environmental education among our future leaders is the key to a developing a sustainable and successful planet for years to come. The students at the Canon Envirothon will have a direct hand in solving the complex environmental issues related to conserving and preserving the planet's limited resources for future generations."

Sponsors since 1997, the Canon Envirothon is one of North America's largest high school environmental education competitions, in which more than 500,000 teenagers are involved during a year-long learning process that combines in-class curricula with hands-on field experiences. Five-member teams from schools and organizations throughout out the United States and Canadian provinces first compete in local competitions, organized by environmental agencies, for the honor to represent their respective state or province in the national competition. During the final competition, teams compete in a series of field-oriented tests under the supervision of foresters, soil scientists and wildlife specialists and also prepare and deliver oral presentations to panels of judges who evaluate each team on their problem-solving capabilities, oral presentation skills and recommendations to help solve the specific environmental challenge presented during the competition.

In addition to the Canon Envirothon, Canon U.S.A. supports a wide range of environmental education and youth programs including the PBS Nature series, various programs at Yellowstone National Park, and many additional local programs. For more information, visit

A list of the U.S. and Canadian schools/organizations participating in the 2010 Canon Envirothon appears below.

Canon Envirothon Media Center: Click on the media center for information about the competition, daily updates and photos of the winning teams. Photos of winning teams can be downloaded beginning Saturday, August 7, 2010.

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. Its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), a top patent holder of technology, ranked fourth overall in the U.S. in 2009+, with global revenues of US $35 billion, is listed as number six in the computer industry on Fortune Magazine's World's Most Admired Companies 2010 list, and is on the 2009 BusinessWeek list of "100 Best Global Brands." Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest levels of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. At Canon, we care because caring is essential to living together in harmony. Founded upon a corporate philosophy of Kyosei – "all people, regardless of race, religion or culture, harmoniously living and working together into the future" – Canon U.S.A. supports a number of social, youth, educational and other programs, including environmental and recycling initiatives. Additional information about these programs can be found at To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company's RSS news feed by visiting


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State Winning Team
Alabama Oak Mountain High School
Alaska Homer High School
Alberta Sexsmith Secondary School
Arizona University High School
Arkansas Mills Team A
British Columbia Chilliwack Secondary School
California Arlington American Lions
Connecticut Litchfield High School
Delaware Charter School of Wilmington Team 1
Florida John Carroll High School
Georgia Rockdale 4-H
Idaho Dennis Technical Education Center
Illinois Taylorville High School
Indiana True Arrow 4-H Gibson County
Iowa Marshalltown High School
Kansas Holton High School
Kentucky Fayette County-Dunbar High School
Louisiana Zachary Area Homeschoolers
Maine Jay High School
Manitoba Swan Valley Regional Secondary School
Maryland Carroll County Boy Scout Venturing Crew 202
Massachusetts Lexington High School
Michigan All Natural Baby
Minnesota Rushford-Peterson High School
Mississippi Harrison Central High School
Missouri Pembroke Hills High School
Montana Cascade County 4-H
Nebraska Superior High School
New Brunswick Stanley High School
New Hampshire Keene High School
New Jersey Marine Academy of Technology & Environmental Science (MATES)
New Mexico Tatum High School
New York Candor High School
Newfoundland and Labrador Corner Brook Regional High School
North Carolina Vicious Vipers--"CHEAGD"
North Dakota Sargent Central High School
Nova Scotia Northumberland High School
Ohio Chardon High School
Oklahoma Ninnekah High School
Ontario University of Toronto Schools
Oregon Newberg High School
Pennsylvania Penncrest High School
Prince Edward Island Three Oaks Senior High School
Rhode Island The Wheeler School
Saskatchewan Luther College High School
South Carolina Spartanburg High School
Tennessee Montgomery Bell Academy
Texas College Park Academy of Science and Technology
Utah Logan High School
Vermont Essex High School
Virginia Jamestown High School
Washington Stanwood High School
West Virginia Jefferson FFA
Wisconsin Middleton High School

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