Nassau County Legislator Ellen W. Birnbaum (D – Great Neck) congratulated Herricks High School students Prableen Kaur, Alyssa Lam, Mina Li, Sarah Ninan, and Roshni Patel for becoming Lexus Eco Challenge finalists on Thursday, Jan. 30.
In the Lexus Eco Challenge, student teams are tasked with tackling environmental issues related to land, water, air, and climate by creating action plans with practical solutions and measurable results. The all-female Herricks “Cli-Mates” earned their berth in the finals with a “Low Carbon Diets” initiative that proposes adopting diets that emphasize the use of sustainable, locally sourced food. Students are competing for a total of $500,000 in cash prizes and scholarships.
Legislator Birnbaum presented Nassau County Certificates of Recognition to the five young scientists ahead of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, which is observed by the United Nations each year on Feb. 11. “Cli-Mate” project member Prableen Kaur interned in Legislator Birnbaum’s office during the summer of 2019.
“As the world continues to grapple with climate change and its impacts, these young scholars produced an innovative approach that empowers all of us to get behind a solution,” Birnbaum said. “I’m proud to recognize these students as they advance in the Lexus Eco Challenge competition and applaud the Herricks School District for promoting a love of science throughout its student body.”
Submitted by the Nassau County Legislature