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Teen Winners of Gloria Barron Prize 2018 Announced

Shreya Ramachandran

The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes announced the winners of this year’s award, with California youngster Shreya Ramachandran among those honored.

Ramachandran, 14, is the founder of The Grey Water Project, which resulted in her being named an award winner.

The young Indian American teenager founded The Grey Water Project, a non-profit that promotes the safe reuse of grey water and water conservation, as a way to address drought.

She works tirelessly to educate others about grey water– the gently used water from household sinks, showers, and laundry– and to remove the stigma that it is unclean and unusable, the Barron Prize said.

She has earned numerous awards for her work, including the President’s Environmental Youth Award, and was invited to partner with the United Nations’ Global Wastewater Initiative, it added.

She is currently developing a grey water curriculum for elementary school students to teach them about water conservation and the idea that small actions can make a huge difference.

The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes, established in 2001, celebrates inspiring, public-spirited young people from diverse backgrounds all across North America. Each year, the Barron Prize honors 25 outstanding young leaders.