Ohio EPA Awards Environmental Education Grant to University of Toledo

Future engineers will learn about rain harvesting during their sustainability design and analysis course through a training module funded by an $18,150 Ohio EPA environmental education grant. Eight grants were awarded statewide for $264,361.

The weeklong module will be incorporated into the course taken by 80 mechanical, civil and electrical undergraduate engineering students. The module covers storm water minimization, rain harvesting design and rain barrel system implementation. Students will install rain barrels at 10 local households and businesses and create YouTube videos on rain barrel installation, benefits and maintenance.

The university is collaborating with Keep Toledo Beautiful, the Lucas County Solid Waste Management District and Toledo Lucas County Rain Garden Initiative.

The Ohio Environmental Education Fund is administered by Ohio EPA. For additional information, contact the Ohio Environmental Education Fund on the web or at (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.

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