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Region 1: EPA New England

Environmental Education Grants Federal Fiscal Year 2002

Connecticut | Maine | Massachusetts | New Hampshire | Rhode Island | Vermont


Connecticut


Hispanic Health Council
Amount: $10,000.
175 Main Street
Hartford, CT 06106

“Local Environmental Health Education: A Teacher Training and Hispanic Youth Experience”. Hispanic youth ages 14 - 18 learn to monitor and assess their local environment under the guidance and tutorage of undergraduate students from Connecticut State University. Issues such as asthma and lead poisoning pose a significant danger to the health of many in Hartford’s Hispanic community. Community members are educated about pollutants and how to reduce exposure to these health threats.

Upper Room Unlimited, Inc.
Amount: $17,000.
P.O. Box 8115
New Haven, CT 06530

“This Is Where I Live”, Environmental Education Program for Inner-city Children. Through an interactive play and a flexible menu of hands-on workshops in urban schools, this program delivers environmental awareness, education, and tools that help inner-city children understand and begin to solve environmental problems affecting their own communities. An experiential field trip to a local nature area is included which complements and solidifies the messages drawn from the play and workshops.

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Maine


Northern Maine Development Commission
Amount: $14,414.
P.O. Box 779, 302 Main Street
Caribou, ME 04736

“Safe Home Drinking Water” - Education of Private Well Owners in Northern Maine. This program is presented to various community organizations, family health groups, as well as the general public. Issues covered include the threats to groundwater contamination and the potential health effects, as well as the differences in drilled and dug wells. It is intended to provide the tools to change poor habits at home such as taking care of septic systems, making wise choices in purchasing and disposal of household cleaners and agricultural chemicals, and testing of drinking wells at least every 3 years.

The Environmental Schools
Amount: $2,250.
2 Randall Avenue
Ocean Park, ME 04063

“Using Environmental Education to Reach Maine Learning Results” Teacher Workshops. Three workshops, one for grades K-2, one for grades 3-4, and one for grades 5-8, for public school teachers provide effective, practical activities selected from existing curricular for their ability to reach standards contained in the Maine Learning Results. The activities include briefings on the ecological or environmental science behind each and are accompanied by written materials outlining the activities and additional resources.

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Massachusetts


The Boston Harbor Association
Amount: $5,000.
374 Congress Street, Suite 609
Boston, MA 02210

“Summer on the Harbor” - Education Program for Inner-city Youth. Through a series of interactive activities, field trips, and hands-on science, middle and high school age youth learn about the complex environment associated with Boston Harbor and the Boston Harbor Islands. The underlying goal of the program is to promote long-term environmental stewardship of Boston Harbor among inner-city youth. Students will participate in restoration activities and projects, and learn about environmental and public health issues, and environmental career opportunities associated with the Harbor.

Cohasset Public Schools
Amount: $3,892.
143 Pond Street
Cohasset, MA 02025

“Assessing the Gulf River - Student Monitoring of Water Quality in the Cohasset, MA South Coastal Watershed”. This grant enables Cohasset Middle High School students to work as Summer Institute interns re-establishing water quality monitoring in the Gulf River and to assist the Gulf Association in its goal of conducting a Natural Resources Inventory (NRI) of the Gulf River Watershed. Archived water quality data from 6 years ago and earlier and summer 2002 data is gathered and documented in a report that becomes part of the NRI document published by the Gulf Association.

Housatonic River Restoration, Inc.
Amount: $13,835.
P.O. Box 1018
Great Barrington, MA 01230

“Housatonic River Restoration Environmental Education Network”. The network establishes a regional partnership of classroom educators and environmentalists to create quality, place-based water resource education and ensure a responsible and knowledgeable constituency of river uses. It supports and provides curriculum guides and training for classroom teachers so that they might facilitate the use of the Housetonic River as a teaching laboratory for their students, and at the same time help implement curricula that are compatible with the Massachusetts State Education Frameworks.

Keep Lowell Beautiful, Inc.
Amount: $5,000.
P.O. Box Beautiful, Inc
Lowell, MA 01853

An Initiative Using Education As a Tool To Reduce Litter. The “Keep Lowell Beautiful Litter Reduction” project combines interactive education programs and hands-on cleanups in the most highly-littered areas of the City, where 20,000 Spanish and Khmer-speaking people reside. These neighborhoods have community organizers and groups. The initiative is undertaken to raise awareness of the negative impacts of litter, develop solutions to the issue of litter in the neighborhood, and to promote a behavioral change toward litter.

Merrimack River Watershed Council
Amount: $15,517
P.O. Box 1377, 181 Canal Street
Lawrence, MA 01842

“Merrimack River CARES” (Children As River and Environmental Stewards) - A seventh grade environmental education implementation program focusing on the Merrimack River and Salmon Brook watersheds. This project educates up to 22 7th grade teachers and as many as 1,000 students of Nashua, New Hampshire. It also includes specific community activities facilitated by the schools, e.g., field trips, watershed events, etc. which educate citizens residing in towns within the Merrimack River watershed about the benefits of active watershed stewardship on public health and local environmental conditions.

Nashua River Watershed Association, Inc.
Amount: $5,000.
592 Main Street
Groton, MA 01450

“Ayer Nature Trail and Watershed Monitoring Project”. One hundred 5th grade students and six middle school teachers work directly with the NRWA Scientist-in-residence. Once a month the NRWA scientist visits each class, and hands-on participatory activities take place in the forest and pond sites. Also, 25 parent chaperones participate in the Explore-A-Pond Program, and adults often learn just as much as the students.

New England Aquarium Corporation
Amount: $20,000
Central Wharf
Boston, MA 02110

“The Mercury Story”. This project engages public audiences in learning about mercury pollution and its prevention, by designing a traveling exhibit and training program to support public education in each New England state. The components of this project are based on successful prior work at the Aquarium including a mercury education day and thermometer exchange. During the first six months of travel, families, school groups, and community leaders from across New England—30,00 to 40,00 people—have the opportunity to interact with the exhibit and/or participate in a mercury education day.

Northeast Sustainable Energy Association, Inc.
Amount: $5,000.
50 Miles Street
Greenfield, MA 01301

“Earth Smart Travel”. An environmental education pilot project expansion to 20+ additional schools. NESEA does this by providing support and training to environmental education organizations like Massachusetts Community Water Watch and Tanglewood 4-H Camp and Learning Center on environmental transportation issues. In turn, each year these organizations bring these program activities to the schools and students they currently work with. In this way, NESEA involves at least 24 new schools and 2,100 new students annually in inter disciplinary education on transportation issues.

Old Colony Y
Amount $4,800.
320 Main Street
Brockton, MA 02301

“Project LEAP” (Learning Environmental Awareness and Positive Attitudes) - an environmental education program for at-risk youth ages 12-21. This organization, partnering with Champion Charter School and Youthbuild Brockton provides 80 students from alternative classrooms the opportunity to learn outdoor skills that encourage healthy active lifestyles and that develop a better understanding of environmental issues such as water quality and urban open space.

Stonehill College
Amount: $10,000.
320 Washington Street
Easton, MA 02357

“Creation of the Campus Classroom: Development of the Woodlands of Stonehill College as an Environmental Education Resource for K-12 and College Students”. This project makes the wild spaces on Stonehill’s campus available for educational efforts of the college and the K-12 school systems in the surrounding area. Five Stonehill undergraduates, working for 10 weeks in Stonehill’s summer research program produce a Field Guide to Stonehill available online and in print. Ten teachers from local school districts are trained in a summer workshop focusing on the use of the Guide. Teaching collaborations between these teachers and Stonehill are developed, which in turn bring K-12 classes onto Stonehill’s campus for education in environmental sciences.

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New Hampshire


Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC)
Amount: $4,983.
P.O. Box 298
Gorham, NH 03581

“AMC’s North Country Schools Partnership - Whitefield, New Hampshire”. AMC, partnering with the White Mountain Regional School District, focuses on using a community-based environmental education approach to curricula reform while meeting the teaching frameworks. They work closely with the teachers in the district to promote the use of the local landscape as a resource for teaching and learning. Together, these organizations choose and develop several new curricula projects for the students in the district. In addition, this project helps AMC learn about the challenges and possibilities of playing a greater role in the education of students in the region.

SAU 70 School District
Amount: $11,870
45 Lyme Road
Hanover, NH 03755

“Way to GO! - A Transportation Initiative”. This interstate school district comprised of four schools in New Hampshire and Vermont, implements a program which heightens family and child awareness about the environmental implications of their transportation choices, with the goals of creating safe, walkable communities, maintaining clean air (with minimum pollution, CO2 emissions), and promoting ways to keep children healthy. The audience is primarily 800 elementary school children and their families, but the results of the project are distributed to the 6000 taxpayers in Hanover and Norwich.

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Rhode Island


Blackstone Valley Rivers Project
Amount: $11,514.
One Pine Street
Manville, RI 02838

“Blackstone Valley Rivers Project Aquaculture Program”. Students from Woonsocket High School and Mount St. Charles Academy team up to research and grow fish in an aquaculture tank housed at Woonsocket High School. The objective of the program is for students to learn the developmental stages of various fish species found in the Blackstone River and to determine the water quality tolerance levels for the respective species. All fish raised are released at selected sites into the river.

University of Rhode Island
Amount: $14,925.
305 Memorial Union
Kingston, RI 02881

“The SMILE Program: Air Quality and Human Health Learning Experiences”. The Science and Mathematics Investigative Learning Experience (SMILE) provides an academic enrichment program for minority and disadvantaged students, grades 4th-12th. The project uses existing environmental health science-based inquiry curricula and career exploration for SMILE participants. The basic units of the program are weekly after school SMILE club meetings that emphasize hands-on inquiry-based learning in a relaxed atmosphere. Teachers review current curricula in air quality and human health during their professional development workshops.

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Vermont


University of Vermont and State Agriculture College
Amount: $5,000.
340 Waterman Building
Burlington, VT 05405

Vermont Campus Greening Conference. The outcome of this project is a set of shared goals for campuses to reduce environmental impacts and a set of initiatives coordinated with environmental agencies. The methodology is to hold a statewide conference, bringing together state environmental agency representatives with student, faculty, and staff from both academic and operational sides of the 21 institutions of higher education in Vermont. While a number of institutions have recycling options, few have energy plans or purchasing policies that reflect government standards for environmental materials.

Vermont Forum on Sprawl
Amount: $10,000
110 Main Street
Burlington, VT 05401

On-line Community Planning Workshop. This organization, partnering with Chaplain College, offers an online community planning workshop to help communities plan for future growth. The online program provides public participation techniques, introduces successful development practices from Vermont and other states, explores settlement protection, and provides a model of bylaws which communities can apply to promote economic growth while reinforcing compact village and landscape patterns.

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