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On April 28th at the Westin Tianjin, an award ceremony was held for the 2017 Tianjin Recycling Educational Challenge (TReC). Now in its second year, the TReC event is a program run by AmCham China – Tianjin's Environmental & Sustainability Committee (TJenvironcom), in which Tianjin's premier international schools participate in a week of recycling and environmental activities.

These activities include a materials drive and an artwork competition to promote environmental awareness. This year saw participation from Tianjin International School and Wellington Tianjin, with the International School of Tianjin and the Westin Tianjin offering support as sponsors. Close to half a ton of recyclable materials were collected during the week, and over a dozen works of art created.

Representatives from the US Embassy Environmental Section, as well as the Tianjin Ministry of Environmental Protection served as judges in the art segment. The awards ceremony was hosted by TJenvironcom founders and co-chairs Alex Scilla and Daniel D'urso.