When Los Angeles Westside Realtors Mimi and Jon Torp wanted to find a way to
reward their daughter, Emily, for her diligent work recycling and
conserving water, they couldn’t come up with anything that properly
praised her accomplishments. Talking to other parents, they
quickly realized that there was an obvious dearth of environmental
based awards for our young Eco-Warriors. Thus was the genesis of
Designed by Emily
the Torps hired a medal maker to create an engraved “Planet Earth –
Environ-Medal” with the slogan “Champion of a Greener World”.
With Emily's help, they also developed a checklist of eco friendly tasks that a child
(or adult) could perform to help our planet. The list includes
everything from bringing trashless lunches to school, to printing on
both sides of the paper, to turning off lights when leaving a
room. When a person has performed a specific number of tasks,
they’re rewarded with an Environ-Medal.
Torps offered to sponsor an “Environ-Medals” program at their
daughter’s school. Tracey Schwengel, head of Franklin Elementary’s
GREEN TEAM, loved the idea and embraced it whole heartedly.
Environ-medals are an incredible addition to helping us "go green"
at Franklin. The checklists give the kids a way to document their
green efforts at home and they are proud to receive their unique
medals at school. Checklists continue to come in consistently each
week and have proven to be a great way to motivate our students to
be more eco-minded” says Schwengel.
The Torps knew
they were on to something when one of the parents at the school
thanked them profusely for developing and sponsoring the program:
“For years I’ve been trying to get my husband to turn off the water
when shaving or brushing his teeth, but he never listened. But now
that our son can earn a medal for reminding his Dad to conserve,
he’s finally turning off the water”.
Emily, Mimi and
thrilled and inspired by the remarkable response their
Environ-Medals program has generated. They
are proud to contribute a portion of every
transaction to support their important Environ Medals program.
Please visit their website,
Stevens-torp.com for further
is now a high school freshman who enjoys basketball, soccer, playing the
clarinet, sax and being relentless about recycling.