2002 BROWER YOUTH AWARD WINNERS

AMIR NADAV

Age: 17
Home: Eagan, MN
Project: School Bus Diesel

High school junior Amir Nadav initiated and led a campaign to reduce Minnesota students'
exposure to dangerous diesel exhaust. His efforts culminated in the passage of statewide legislation
that bans excessive bus idling in front of schools and directs schools to relocate air-intake valves
away from bus parking zones. Nadav and his co-leaders circulated petitions, organized a rally of
students on the capitol steps, appeared on news programs, and personally lobbied for and won
endorsement of the bill from both Republican and Democratic leaders in the legislature. "The
presence of student activists revitalizes the sometimes rather dull, bureaucratic baby-boomer
monopolization over political decisions that impact the environment," he noted. "The days of lazy
teens are over."