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12/8/14
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Ohio EPA Awards $31,758 Environmental Education Grant to Cincinnati Organization

When it rains, it pours. Where does the water go and what’s in it? The Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati has been awarded a $31,758 Ohio Environmental Education Fund grant from Ohio EPA to develop a mobile, interactive urban water cycle display to educate students and adults about how sewer systems work. Ten grants were awarded statewide for $269,334.

The display will be part of the Civic Garden Center’s Green Learning Station. It will be used on site and taken to regional outreach events to educate the public about combined sewer overflows between storm and sanitary sewers.

The project also will create a data portal and a display that will allow visitors to interact with the data and engineering behind the storm water infrastructure at the Green Learning Station. Students will be engaged in data analysis and real-world engineering through the portal.

More than 5,000 people will be reached directly by the project during the year. The University of Cincinnati, Xavier University, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College and the Greater Cincinnati STEM Collaborative are among those collaborating on the project.

The Ohio Environmental Education Fund is administered by Ohio EPA. Eligible grant recipients include nonprofit organizations, public and private schools, colleges and universities, trade or professional associations, businesses and state and local governments.

The next grant application deadline is Jan. 15, 2015, with an electronic letter of intent to apply due by Jan. 8. For additional information, contact the Ohio Environmental Education Fund at (614) 644-2873.

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The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. Since then, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling.

 
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