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WESTON, CT- July 23, 2020 Two grand prize winners and 10 finalists have been selected from all entries in the 2020 “Sustainable Shipping for a Sustainable Planet” calendar art contest sponsored by the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA), the United States Coast Guard (USCG), and the Inter-American Committee on Ports of the Organization of American States (CIP-OAS). Each year, these organizations invite students in grades K-12 throughout the Americas to create a poster on a theme identified by the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) World Maritime Day and related to the marine environment. A 2021 bilingual calendar showcasing the winning entries will be printed in English and Spanish.
Students were challenged to come up with a creative image(s) depicting sustainable actions the shipping industry is undertaking for the sustainable future of our planet.
Maritime shipping has existed for thousands of years- ever since the earliest humans took to the water to find food, building supplies, and adventure. Throughout its history, shipping has evolved into the most environmentally friendly and safest way to transport goods and energy around the world. Today, the maritime shipping industry transports about 90% of the items and energy people use every day.
Now, more than ever, there is the need for creative ideas on how shipping can and is making the future better for people and the marine environment. The maritime industry is working intently to reduce its environmental impact on many fronts.
The winning artwork will be featured on NAMEPA, Coast Guard, and CIP-OAS websites. Finalists will receive a certificate and a calendar with the artwork from all 12 winners. Two grand-prize winning artists (one from each of the grade brackets) will receive, in addition to the certificate and calendar, a $100 cash prize and a USCG prize package.
Hsing-Yu (George) L. 2nd grade, Oster Elementary School. San Jose, CA, USA.
Ailed Ivana P.- 12th grade, Centro de Bachillerato Tecnológico Industrial y de Servicios 43.
Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico
Finalists Grades K-5
Hsing-Yu (George) L. – 2nd grade, Oster Elementary School. San Jose, California, USA
Ying-Shen (Sophia) L. – 5th grade, Oster Elementary School. San Jose, California, USA
Amelie M. – 5th grade, Blackrock Elementary School. Coventry, Rhode Island, USA
Camryn S. – 5th grade, Blackrock Elementary School. Coventry, Rhode Island, USA
Avin T. – 2nd grade, Mary of Nazareth School. Darnestown, Maryland, USA
Inuli T. – 5th grade, Mary of Nazareth School. Darnestown, Maryland, USA
Katie A. – 10th grade, James B. Conant High School. Grove Village, Illinois, USA
Ailed Ivana P. – 12th grade, Centro de Bachillerato Tecnológico Industrial y de Servicios 43. Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico
Kaiya J. – 8th grade, Elkridge Landing Middle School. Elkridge, Maryland, USA
Brianna M. – 7th grade, Bigelow Middle School. Newton, Massachusetts, USA
Camila N. – 6th grade, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School. Cordova, Texas, USA
Darrell W. – 10th grade, Carmel High School. Carmel, California, USA
About the North American Marine Environment Protection Association
The North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) is a marine industry-led organization of environmental stewards preserving the marine environment by promoting sustainable marine industry best practices and educating seafarers, students and the public about the need and strategies for protecting global ocean, lake and river resources. For more information visit www.namepa.net.
About the United States Coast Guard
The U.S. Coast Guard is one of the five armed forces of the United States and the only military organization within the Department of Homeland Security. Since 1790 the Coast Guard has safeguarded our maritime and environmental interests around the world. The Coast Guard is an adaptable, responsive military force of maritime professionals whose broad legal authorities, capable assets, geographic diversity and expansive partnerships provide a persistent presence along our rivers, in the ports, littoral regions and on the high seas. Coast Guard presence and impact is local, regional, national and international. These attributes make the Coast Guard a unique instrument of maritime safety, security and environmental stewardship. For more information, visit www.uscg.mil.
The Inter-American Committee on Ports (CIP) of the Organization of American States (OAS) brings together the National Port Authorities of all 35 sovereign nations of the Americas. CIP promotes competitive, sustainable, inclusive and secure maritime sector development by facilitating policy dialogue at the highest governmental and corporate levels. With close to 100 public and private members representing leading institutions from the maritime industry, CIP strengthens, in collaboration with its partners, institutional and human capacities through seminars, workshops, conferences, courses and scholarship programs. CIP priority areas include, in addition to promoting the protection of the marine environment and sustainable port management practices, competitiveness and logistics; protection and security; tourism and services to ships; legislation and regulation; and CSR and gender equality. For more information, visit http://portalcip.org/.