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Ohio EPA Awards Environmental Education Grant to Newark Organization
Together We Grow, Inc. has been awarded a $35,473 Ohio EPA Environmental Education grant to implement a composting program in Newark City Schools. It is one of four grant recipients statewide totaling $168,458.
The project will begin a large-scale composting program reaching 1,800 students each year. Students will participate in a two-day training at the beginning of the school year, learn to sort food and collected leaves and yard waste to maintain a suitable carbon-to-nitrogen balance. Food scraps and yard waste will be broken down in an industrial-sized composting machine.
Students will conduct waste audits every nine-week grading period to calculate and monitor the amount of waste being disposed into the trash. Students will design a scientific investigation around composting, gather, analyze and interpret data using measuring tools and techniques. Students also will study soil in conjunction with Ohio’s learning standards. In an Earth Day event in April, students will share their findings and knowledge with parents and local leaders.
OEEF grants are funded with a portion of the civil penalties Ohio EPA collects for violations of Ohio’s air and water pollution control laws. OEEF awards grants for a variety of environmental education projects serving kindergarten through university students, the public and the regulated community. Eligible recipients include environmental groups, public and private schools, colleges and universities, trade and professional organizations, state and local governments, and businesses.
For the next round of grants, electronic letters of intent must be submitted by July 9 and completed applications are due July 16. Additional information is available on OEEF’s webpage or by calling (614) 644-2873.
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.