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4th Annual EECCOA Challenge & Awards Event


VENTURA, CA – On Thursday May 31, close to fifty 7th-12th-grade students from eight public schools in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties will be presenting their authored environmental business proposals to a judging panel. Students’ proposals focus on water conservation, energy efficiency, or waste reduction of their school campuses, or educate a community about ocean acidification. The event will take place at the Museum of Ventura County in downtown Ventura from 4 -7 pm. Keynote speaker will tentatively be Ventura County Supervisor Mr. Steve Bennett.


In the first hour and a half, the 50 finalist teams will present to a panel of judges who will rank the project proposals based on merit and cost effectiveness. Then at 5:45pm, the MERITO Foundation in partnership withNOAA Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary will award cash or in kind prizes to the young authors of top environmental business proposals. The EECCOA Awards Event is the culmination of the 9 month-longEECCOA Program.


The Multicultural Education for Resource Issues Threatening Oceans (MERITO) Foundation is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization based in Ventura, CA, dedicated to protecting the ocean by facilitating education, conservation and scientific research opportunities to multicultural youth and their communities.  The EECCOA Challenge empowers students to be environmental entrepreneurs by providing them with the tools to understand climate change, ocean acidification, drought and wildfires and address these issues with money saving project proposals for their school campuses. Students are also given the option to develop awareness campaigns that inform and involve their communities.


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Organization Name
MERITO Foundation
Organization Type
Conservation Organization
Member of Aquarium Conservation Partnership (ACP)
Participant in AZA's SAFE Campaign


As part of our celebration, we plan to do the following:
  • Event is open to the public
  • Media would be welcome
  • Event will include some special activities or engagements for youth and/or young adults
    Ages 12-18
    Students display and present the environmental business plans they authored to reduce the environmental footprint of their school campuses. We received 100 project proposals. At event top 15 will compete for cash and in kind prizes. One school will receive sponsorship to implement project.
  • Event will be highlighting organization's own efforts to reduce use of plastic


100 E Main St.
Ventura, California 93001 United States