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EPA selects educational institutions to receive $3.2 million or more to support environmental projects nationwide

Washington (August 9, 2022) —Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a selection of 34 organizations to provide more than $3.2 million in funding for projects under the Environmental Education (EE) Grants Program.

“Providing communities with the right tools to raise awareness and promote environmental education benefits everyone.” EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan“This funding will support our mission of empowering school students and teachers, tackling the climate crisis, promoting environmental justice, and protecting human health and the environment for all. As we work together, we support community members in underserved and overburdened areas.”

Funding will be provided in the range of $50,000 to $100,000 to organizations that provide environmental education activities and programs. This year’s grant recipient will conduct project activities in her 24 states, including Puerto Rico.

This year’s educational projects include:

  • For underrepresented families to increase access to Long Island Sound, use our 80-foot education vessel as a floating classroom. In this classroom, families learn about their local environment and how their everyday actions can contribute to conserving one of the region’s greatest natural resources.
  • Implement a pilot program in high schools that links locally experienced flood risk with climate literacy education and action in historically marginalized environmental justice communities.
  • We will use “green schoolyards” in low-income communities where green space is scarce as educational venues for K-8 students to explore the links between caring for living systems and improving water and air quality.
  • Produce and distribute portable, sustainable, and reusable stand-alone environmental education units to economically deprived and underserved minority communities in Appalachia.
  • Training teachers in underserved communities to turn Chicago and the Calumet Valley into a place for STEM learning.
  • Create innovative solutions to the growing plastic pollution problem associated with Louisiana’s parade culture. Plastic beads and toys are discarded along the parade route and later enter the natural environment as plastic debris.
  • Using “learning orchards” in schools to engage teachers, students and community members in hands-on environmental education opportunities while providing sustainable, affordable and healthy solutions to underserved areas. Provides a source of fruit.
  • Skills and motivation to engage in practical ecological restoration through the creation of youth recovery corps, bilingual recovery leadership training for community leaders, and volunteer involvement in high-impact management projects in low-income communities to the general public.
  • Work with educators at Title I schools in the Bay Area to develop engaging environmental education content after completing a week of external training with the local water authority.
  • Traditional ecological knowledge, community science, and behavior change, while enabling Nisqually tribe youth to earn high school career and technical education credits and explore career opportunities in the field of natural resource management Develop a program to promote environmental management of the Nisqually Basin by connecting

The following organizations have been selected to receive this year’s EE Grants.

  • Colorado Environmental Education Alliance
  • earth protection corps
  • earth team
  • Ecology Education Co., Ltd.
  • EcoRise Youth Innovations (Grant Winner in Region 6 and Region 9)
  • Emory University
  • Friends of the Chicago River
  • Groundwork Hudson Valley, Inc.
  • growing garden
  • Gonzaga University
  • Industry Initiative for Science and Mathematics Education (IISME)
  • International Center for Appropriate and Sustainable Technologies (ICAST)
  • Jastec Development Service Co., Ltd.
  • Kansas Conservation and Environmental Education Association
  • Kansas City Community Gardens, Inc.
  • Louisiana State University
  • Manhattan College
  • University of Maryville
  • Minnesota State University Mankato
  • mystic aquarium
  • New Haven Ecology Project
  • Nisqually River Foundation
  • Port Townsend School District
  • save our water jackson hole
  • Sound Waters Co., Ltd.
  • South Central Ozark Government Council
  • Talking Talons Youth Leadership
  • public land trust
  • Living Classroom Foundation
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Puerto Rico University of Aguadilla
  • University of South Alabama
  • Wildlands Restoration Volunteer

EPA plans to fund these projects once all legal and administrative requirements have been met.

Since 1992, the EPA has distributed between $2 million and $3.5 million in EE grants each year, with a total of over $88.3 million supporting more than 3,890 projects. The program traditionally provides financial support to projects that design, demonstrate, or disseminate environmental education practices, methods, or techniques. For more information, please visit https://www.epa.gov/education.

For more information on current and past winners, or to apply for future EE grant competitions, please visit https://www.epa.gov/education/environmental-education-ee-grants. This website will be updated as additional grants are awarded.

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