Promoting Environmental Action and Community Empowerment

Project PEACE by Youth

Elevating youth leadership via geospatial mapping, environmental science, and citizen science

About Project PEACE by Youth

“The Project PEACE community has become a support group during this crazy time! The positive energy and inspiration I get from the other teachers reminds me of being back in the school building.”
-A High School teacher from Milwaukee

Project PEACE by Youth was envisioned by educators Paul Ritter and Todd Katz with support from EPA Region 5. Central to the program is teacher and student training from the following: 

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Taking Action

Rewatch some webinars!

Check out some of the PPBY Projects below!

Teacher Resources

All Teacher Resources, including training agendas, Project PEACE program overview, and timeline are available from the link below.


  • Collaborate between disciplines on student-led school environmental health projects
  • Empower students as community leaders 
  • Educational Materials – EnviroAtlas
  • Past Events & Recordings


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    Student Resources

    •  Use cutting-edge tools to learn more about the environmental health of their school/community
    • Identify a community issue
    • Collect their own data; report impacts to their school and global community
    • Take action! 


  • Announcing the first annual Illinois Audubon Magazine Spring Edition, designed and developed entirely by students. If interested, email Paul Ritter at Contents and photos must be submitted no later than January 5, 2021
    • Interested in having an EPA scientist as a virtual guest speaker? Matt Liebman, from the U.S. EPA New England office can discuss ways EPA is protecting coastal bays and estuaries. Hilary Snook, also from the U.S. EPA New England office, can speak about why Blue-green bacterium (which may make a lake suddenly turn the color of pea soup or look like a blue-green paint spill) commonly known as Cyanobacteria can be problematic. For more details email

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