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Aurora Yuan, Local Senior, Wins Environmental Award

Stony Brook Garden Club announces that Aurora Yuan, a current senior at Princeton High School from Cranbury, NJ, has won the Elly and Giorgio Petronio Environmental Award for her commitment to and her advocacy in speaking out against climate change and its effect on marginalized communities. 


Since the 7th grade, Aurora has been passionately active in her fight for the environment. She  has held leadership positions in Princeton High School's Climate Action Club, the NJ Youth for Climate Action, the NJ Student Sustainability Coalition, the US Youth Climate Strike, and she is an organizer with Fridays For Future USA (Greta Thunberg's organization). Aurora has organized teach-ins and climate rallies, and she has developed social media content, podcasts and webinars in her advocacy toward the environment. She has been involved with a nationwide non-profit called Turning Green where she went from a participant having successfully completed a 30-day Green Challenge, to an ambassador and a mentor, and finally a summer intern.  


Aurora believes in the potential of environmental engineering along with policymaking and the education of youth to bring action in battling this crisis. She will continue this important work in college, having been accepted at Johns Hopkins University. 


Stony Brook Garden Club commends her for her determation and her constant commitment to sustainability and her focus on the importance of and the connection between social justice and environmental policy. 


The Elly and Giorgio Petronio-Stony Brook Garden Club Environmental Award was established in 2006. This $1,000 scholarship is available to a junior or senior attending a high school in the greater Princeton area who demonstrates a passion for and a commitment to our environment. He/she must have been actively involved in one or more of the following: research, advocacy, horticulture, protection or improvement of our natural world.

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