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February 2, 2016
Miss Earth United States Appears on ABC and Visits DC Schools


Washington, D.C. - This week, Miss Earth United States kicked off National Green Week in Washington, D.C. Brittany Ann Payne of California visited two elementary schools and appeared on ABC Channel 8. National Green Week is in partnership with The Green Education Foundation.


Watch Miss Earth United States Interview on ABC Channel 8 Let's Talk Live


"National Green Week is an annual event that empowers schools to engage in sustainability focused lessons, projects or activities between the first full week in February and the end of Earth Month in April," said Miss Earth United States National Director Laura Clark.


Payne visited Malcom X Elementary School of Washington, D.C. and Cameron Elementary School of Fairfax County to read "The Earth Book" by Todd Hayes. She spoke with school children about things they could do to love their planet.


"Kids can do little things and make a big difference," said Payne. "The ironic thing is telling the kids a few tips oftentimes influences adults to take action as well."


Miss Earth is a global organization that raises awareness for environmental concerns and is recognized as a Top 3 international pageant. Each year, Miss Earth United States is selected based on her personality, leadership and speaking skills, and modeling presentations. The winner serves as the nation's spokesmodel and competes at Miss Earth among nearly 100 other national representatives.


On December 5, Payne was celebrated as Second Runner Up at the 15th Annual Miss Earth Coronation in Vienna, Austria. She received First Place for her Eco-Beauty Video and was awarded the international title of Miss Earth-Water.


This was Payne's first visit to the new host city for the 2016 national contest, to be held July 31-August 4 in Washington, D.C. During this week-long summer pageant, hundreds of delegates ages 11-32 will represent their states with the goal to be selected as a national ambassador for Miss Earth.


Visit for program information and for information on the international pageant. Media inquiries may contact Veronica Jeon.

Brittany Ann Payne

Miss Earth United States 2015

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