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Three Ohio EPA Grants Supporting Environmental Education in Lake Erie Watershed
Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Lucas, Medina, Portage and Summit counties to benefit
Three grants totaling $117,468 will benefit north Ohio counties through three environmental education programs.
Oberlin College – Environmental Studies Program, will use a $49,689 grant to expand its Environmental Dashboard technology in the Oberlin City School District, Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Toledo Public Schools and Akron Public Schools. The technology helps students visualize how water and energy flow through buildings and communities.
Teacher workshops will be used to ensure educators have expertise in Environmental Dashboard technology.
Lake Erie Nature & Science Center in Bay Village will use a $25,000 grant to fund its program Bringing Local Relevance to Climate Literacy Principles. The project will expand on an existing Climate Expedition field trip program that has successfully served teachers and students at Stone Laboratory for more than three years.
Stone Lab materials will be adapted to create a Weather and Climate exhibit at Lake Erie Science and Nature Center, modeled after existing stations that are part of Ohio State University Stone Laboratory’s Climate Expedition Field Trip program. Approximately 1,800 students from Bay Village Schools will visit seven hands-on stations to explore the science and issues related to climate.
Earth Day Coalition will use its $42,779 grant to fund the program Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions through Alternative Fuels when it hosts three Fuel for Thought workshops for fleet managers.
The Cleveland-based Earth Day Coalition is collaborating with the Cuyahoga County Department of Public Works; the city of Cleveland, Office of Sustainability; Cuyahoga Community College; and the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency to showcase how alternate fuels can help improve air quality and provide career opportunities.
Seven grants were awarded statewide for $247,874. The Ohio Environmental Education Fund provides funding each year for environmental education projects serving kindergarten through university students, the public and the regulated community.
Eligible grant recipients include environmental groups, public and private schools, colleges and universities, trade or professional organizations, businesses and state and local governments. Letters of intent for the next grant round are due to Ohio EPA no later than Jan. 9, 2017, and applications are due no later than Jan. 17, 2017. Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact the Ohio Environmental Education Fund online or at (614) 644-2873 to discuss project ideas.
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.