Share your sustainability ideas and win big for your school with the Propane Council

PERC’s “Be Like Jack” sustainability contest, organized in partnership with The Week Junior magazine, is inspired by Jack Kendricka college student from Caroline from the south who successfully petitioned his school district to purchase the state’s first propane-powered special needs school bus. Jack won PERC’s first Clean Energy Hero Award for his actions.

Students aged 8-14 interested in entering the competition can visit to submit a drawing with a short written response on how they would make their school more sustainable. One winner from each age group (8-9, 10-11, 12-14) will win a $2,000 donation to their school to finance a sustainable development project of their choice.

“Jack is an inspiration to all of us, and we know there are many more kids like him who have big ideas about how to make the world a more sustainable place,” said Stephen Whaley, Director of Autogas Business Development for PERC. “By advocating for propane-powered school buses, Jack was able to significantly reduce harmful emissions for his classmates, his bus driver, and his community. Imagine what could happen if every student stood up for their sustainable idea, and we’re thrilled. to launch a cleaner future with these donations.”

Additionally, a Grand Prize winner will also be able to meet The Space Gal, Emilie Calandrelli, at a special Science Day event at their school. Emily is a MIT-engineer turned Emmy-nominated science TV host and co-executive producer of Emily’s Wonder Lab on Netflix. She is also featured as a correspondent on Netflix’s Bill Nye Saves the World and executive producer and host of FOX’s Xploration Outer Space. Emily is the author of the science chapters book series, the Ada Lace Adventures.

“These students have the power to change the world with their ideas and make their community a better place to live,” Calandrelli said. “We hope this contest inspires them to think about how they can make a difference, just like Jack did with his propane school bus.”

More than 1,000 school districts across the country have improved its sustainability by adopting propane-powered school buses, including many districts that have replaced entire fleets of diesel with clean propane. Compared to modern diesel buses, propane buses reduce harmful nitrogen oxide emissions by 96%, which is the key element in the formation of smog and ozone which can aggravate respiratory problems. Propane school buses also have the lowest total cost of ownership of any fuel, saving districts money that can be reinvested in the classroom. Learn more about propane school buses by visiting

To submit an entry for the “Be Like Jack” contest or to view the official entry rules, visit Entries must be submitted by July 15, 2022.

About PERC:

The Propane Education & Research Council is a non-profit organization that provides industry-leading propane safety and education programs and invests in research and development of new propane-powered technologies. PERC is operated and funded by the propane industry. For more information, visit

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