Evan Michaeli, 16, lives in Newton, Mass. Evan has been an avid environmentalist since sixth grade when he lived with his grandmother in Newport, R.I. During that sixth grade year, he participated in cleanups on Easton’s Beach with Clean Ocean Access. The cleanups led to Evan passing a plastic bag bill in Portsmouth, R.I. At the end of the year, Evan presented in front of 100,000 attendees at The Ocean Race about coral bleaching. After that year, he led the charge in the Dedham bag ban where he sat on a committee who wrote part of the bylaw and did research on alternatives to bags and economic impact. Currently, Evan is working on a straw ban in Newton along with multiple projects with the Sierra Club, Green Newton, and his school’s environmental club. In addition, Evan has won several national awards on his writing on environmental issues.