Leila Pyle of Kodiak has been selected as a 2014 Spirit of Youth Award recipient in the category of Science & Environment.
Pyle is an active member of Alaska Youth for Environmental Action. She is a leader in the Kodiak Youth Conservation Corps and is dedicated to educating youth about recycling, climate change, marine debris and other important conservation topics.
As an AYEA Youth Organizer she focuses on food sustainability.
“I envision a future where the environment is always able to provide the food needed for the population,” Pyle said on the AYEA website.
The 18-year-old Reed College student was a key contributor to AYEA’s youth-led cookbook, “Recipes for Alaska’s Food Future,” which was published last winter. She presented the book to legislative members in Juneau and asked them to support her goals for food sustainability.
Last year Pyle combined her passion for a healthy Alaska with her artistic talent and created a giant sculpture made entirely of marine debris, which she called "Ophelia."
Hear more about Pyle and her environmental involvement on KMXT Radio Kodiak Alaska's website.
Pyle will be honored with the other winners at the Spirit of Youth Awards Dinner Saturday, April 5, at 6 p.m. at the Anchorage Marriott Downtown. She was chosen from more than 150 statewide nominations by the Spirit of Youth Teen Advisory Council.