ROSEMEAD - Southland students interested in energy and the environment are encouraged to enter the "Edison Challenge" competition.
Registration is open until the end of the month for middle and high school student teams who want to enter original science projects related to energy and the environment.
Edison International has pledged $1 million over four years to fund the program, which was created in 2006 in partnership with the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies.
Registration for the competition runs through Oct. 31; final projects are due by February and winners will be announced in March.
"The competition has provided a wonderful opportunity for students in the region to create innovative projects and expand their knowledge of energy and the environment," said Barbara J. Parsky, an executive at Rosemead-based Edison International. "Participants in the Edison Challenge are our future environmental stewards who are gaining practical experience and learning the valuable benefits of math and science."
Students from more than 50 middle schools and high schools across southern California registered in the 2007-2008 competition.
Gabrielino High School in San Gabriel took first-place honors in that competition, and SOAR High School in Lancaster placed second.
In the middle school category, Sycamore Canyon Middle School in Newbury Park was the first-place winner. Murray Middle School in Ridgecrest placed second.
The winners enjoyed a weeklong trip to the USC Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island. Second place finishers took a four-day trip to SCE's Big Creek Hydroelectric Facility in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. This year's winners will receive similar trips.
Entrants must submit projects that focus on one or more of the following
-- energy transfer through wind, ocean currents or water cycle;
-- energy conservation and energy efficiency for residential,
commercial or industrial users, water conservation, land conservation,
recycling or waste management;
-- environmental protection and sustainability (habitat or endangered
species protection, watershed management and climate change);
-- renewable energy sources (small hydroelectric, solar, wind, biomass
-- air and water quality (compliance and stewardship, environmental
justice and traffic congestion management); and
-- alternative transportation (electric, biodiesel and alternative fuels).
For more information about the Edison Challenge or to register, go to