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Region 1: EPA New England

Environmental Education Grants Federal Fiscal Year 2003

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


Connecticut


Progressive Training Association, Inc.
Grant Amount: $4,969.
965 Fairfield Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06605

“Project PEEAL” (Parent Empowerment and Education About Lead). This project implements awareness and education to poor and low-income families in Bridgeport, which has the highest number of lead poisoning cases in the state. It is aimed specifically at providing services to parents reentering the community after incarceration, who have children under the age of six.

Science Center of Connecticut
Grant Amount: $16,650.
950 Trout Brook Drive
West Hartford, CT 06119

"Our Cities, Our Health: Science Center of Connecticut/Boys and Girls Club Summer Ozone Monitoring Network". This partnership works in seven urban areas of Connecticut to integrate an ozone monitoring project and five-week air pollution curriculum within each club’s education program. Scientists visit each club a minimum of once per week to work with the children and lead an activity along with assistance from the club staff.

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Maine


Cumberland County Soil & Water Conservation District
Grant Amount: $9,957.
201 Main Street, Suite 6
Westbrook, ME 04092

“Regional Watershed Watch: Empowering Students To Become Involved Citizens”. Teachers in four pilot communities are trained to incorporate this environmental service-learning program into their local curricula through workshops, one-on-one guidance, and the technical expertise by District staff. The program encourages students to take ownership of local environmental issues through hands-on investigations of local watersheds. In addition to meeting local needs, it also adheres to Maine Learning Results.

University of Maine
Geological Sciences Department

Grant Amount: $5,000.
5717 Corbett Hall
Orono, ME 04469-5717

“MERGE: Maine Environmental Research Grid and Education”. A collaboration with the Hutchinson Center wherein staff develops and administers a series of workshops to show environmental educators and science teachers how to locate, download, and use environmental data from the Web, using the online Maine Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program (MEMAP) Index as a starting point. Teachers also develop pedagogical strategies to help students use online data to investigate questions that are meaningful to them and relevant to their communities.

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Massachusetts


Fall River Public School District
Grant Amount: $2,554.
417 Rock Street
Fall River, MA 02720B3344

“Project Green Fever: Education, Volunteerism, and the Environment in Fall River”. This project targets all 1,050 six-grade students in Fall River. It focuses on environmental topics that this age group can understand -- litter, recycling, and energy conservation, and discusses the problems and possible solutions. Six volunteers work closely with 19 sixth grade teachers. The Eco Invention event highlights the work of 50 students and reaches their families. Media coverage of this event reaches hundreds of additional residents.

Family Services, Inc.
Grant Amount: $9,648.
430 North Canal Street
Lawrence, MA 01840

“Healthy Kids” is a workshop used to teach parents about the presence of toxics in the home environment, the impact of these toxics on their children’s physical and mental development, and strategies to reduce the presence of toxics in the home. Bilingual/bicultural parent educators use curricula developed and tested by Family Services, Inc. This effort reaches over 100 parents, impacting the health of children in a cost-effective manner.

Saugus River Watershed Council
Grant Amount: $5,000.
P.O. Box 1092
Saugus, MA 01906

The organization’s Education Coordinator visits schools in the ethnic-diverse communities of Malden and Revere, Massachusetts to teach 200 students about the current environmental issues and problems that affect them and the watershed they live in, and how they can have an impact on it. By working in small groups with interactive, hands-on activities, this intensive educational project with multiple contacts by the SRWC provides a lasting impact on each student that participates in the project.

South Shore Natural Science Center
Grant Amount: $5,600.
Jacobs Lane
P.O. Box 429
Norwell, MA 02061

“Good Things Come in Big Puddles”. The Science Center partners with Notre Dame Academy and Norwell Conservation Commission to supplement an environmental education course with the importance of vernal pools and the certification process. It is aimed at eleventh and twelfth grade female students who learn of the uniqueness of vernal pools, and are exposed to possible environmental careers. Approximately 80 students in four classes are participating in the project with three classroom teachers.

Taconic Chapter, Trout Unlimited
Grant Amount: $16,634
100 Brookside Drive
Pittsfield, MA 01201

“Yokum Brook Environmental Education Collaborative”. This organization has partnered with Becket-Washington Elementary School, which is adjacent to an active river restoration project on Yokum Brook. Through this partnership the students receive a living classroom education on river ecology, fisheries biology, and ecosystem restoration. It encourages critical thinking about the Atlantic Salmon habitat and water quality requirements.

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

“The Boston Harbor After-School Education Program” provides inner-city youth, ages 8-12 years, with afterschool opportunities aimed at promoting long-term environmental stewardship of Boston Harbor and the Harbor Islands. The program expands upon the success of existing youth programs by creating a series of twelve hands-on environmental activities specifically designed to make use of the time after school.

University of Massachusetts, Boston
Environmental Studies Program

Grant Amount: $16,404.
100 Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, MA 02125

“Opening New Windows on Environmental Justice: Live and Video Case Studies of Community Environmental Action”. UMass partners with Alternatives for Community & Environment (ACE) to create education videos of environmental justice issues and improvements in local communities. To further the connection to the community, UMass’s Environmental Studies Program actively recruits students who live in the neighborhoods served by ACE, to be student interns on this project. These videos are used for educating the communities, incorporated into classes at UMass Boston, and potentially used as a training unit on environmental justice for EPA.

Worcester Natural History Society (EcoTarium)
Grant Amount: $10,000.
222 Harrington Way
Worcester, MA 01604

“Teen Action Science Crew” (TASC). The EcoTarium’s multi-level workbased program targets low-income, inner-city, minority teens in their 3rd year of the TASC Ambassadors Program. The students focus on sustainability and environmental justice issues, building skills through program development, delivering public programs, assisting with training and mentoring other teens, and community outreach. TASC is a part of the museum’s Science Career Ladder that includes a nested hierarchy of programs that serve youths from grade school through high school.

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New Hampshire


Northeast Resource Recovery Association
Grant Amount: $12,000.
9 Bailey Road
Chichester, NH 03258

"Furthering School Recycling Through Student to Student Peer Matching". This organization is partnering with New Hampshire the Beautiful, Inc.(NHtB), and is expanding its successful recycling efforts in New Hampshire schools, to establish an active and varied school recycling peer mentoring program. This enables school recyclers to learn and advance recycling as a team, strengthen students’ commitment to recycling, and expand the amount of recyclables removed from schools.

University of New Hampshire
New Hampshire Public Television

Grant Amount: $4,998.
51 College Road
Durham, NH 03824

"Wildlife Journal, Jr. - Teaching Skills for Multimedia Environmental Education". The grantee and partners train and support 250 teachers (grades 4 to 8) in the use of multimedia environmental education curriculum materials with students in the classroom. Five teacher workshops are offered in person and through an interactive videoconferencing system. Also being developed are five engaging, multimedia curriculum units with hands-on activities, the aim of which is to provide positive student outcomes in critical thinking and environmental awareness.

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Rhode Island


Save The Bay, Inc.
Grant Amount: $13,408.
434 Smith Street
Providence, RI 02908

"Urban Ecology Field Studies: A Pilot Program in Providence". Save The Bay uses an educational model developed by Boston's Urban Ecology Institute to collaborate with Central Falls High School to enrich the Applied Biology and Chemistry class. Immediate goals include increasing students’ intellectual and social self-confidence, familiarizing students with the scientific method, and increasing urban students’ commitment to environmental stewardship and civic leadership. A larger goal is to acquaint students with the connection between what happens in their community and the environmental health of the Narragansett Bay estuary and its watershed.

State of Rhode Island
Department of Environmental Management
Grant Amount: $16,848
235 Promenade Street
Providence, RI 02908

RI DEM is partnering with the Cambodian Society to find ways to educate a large Southeast Asian immigrant population, on the potential health problems of eating fish caught in the freshwater streams and the ocean that contain high levels of mercury and PCB's. The per capita fish consumption of this group is high, and Rhode Island coastal waters have an abundance of blue fish and striped bass. The study will ascertain the best mechanism for informing the public and for listening to the community's environmental concerns. Approaches being considered include brochures, cable television shows, public service announcements on radio and television, community meetings, and maps showing where people should not fish.

Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council
Grant Amount: $9,875.
532 Kinsley Avenue
Providence, RI 02909

“Environmental Issues in Your Backyard”. This group’s youth enviromental education initiative raises awareness of sources of toxins in urban environments, and provides critical environmental and health education to children in Olneyville, an underserved urban neighborhood in the Woonasquatucket River corridor in Providence, Rhode Island. Like many impoverished and urban areas, children in Olneyville are exposed to lead, pesticides, and other potential health hazards in their daily lives. Students are creating a video with the help of a local artist, and taking these messages back to their families and the broader neighborhood.

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Vermont


Association of Vermont Recyclers
Grant Amount: $5,000.
P.O. Box 124
Montpelier, VT 05601

"Education for School Composting Programs". This project creates a statewide model for teaching Vermont school's populations facts about the state’s goal to reduce solid waste, and to teach techniques for beginning and sustaining a composting program. It targets K-8 students, their teachers, parents, and other school staff (custodians, food service personnel, etc.) interested in learning about composting. Five theater shows and 10 workshops are utilized to educate 1,250, including 50 adults.

Northeast Recycling Council, Inc.
Grant Amount: $21,155
139 Main Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301

“New England Strategic Outreach and Education Plan for Reuse and Waste Prevention: Developing Linkages between Materials Exchanges, Schools and Municipal Governments”. This project promotes reuse and waste prevention by school and municipal government purchasing agents, by developing critical thinking and problem solving skills, and applying them to an understanding of the environmental benefit of reuse, waste prevention, and how state and federal procurement laws apply.

Trust for Wildlife
Grant Amount $5,000.
127 Ehrich Road
Shaftsbury, VT 05262
Contact: Marshal T. Case

"Development of a Trail System". This project develops a trail layout and accompanying interpretive booklet for the a 109 acre Southwest Vermont Middle School property for the 7th and 8th grades. The effort familiarizes students and faculty with the site, integrating use of the site into all school subject areas of the 7th and 8th grade curricula, and promoting wise use of the land as an outdoor laboratory, an example of how the land-use laws are designed to make wise choices for the future. The interpretive trail and accompanying booklet are the focus for community awareness and involvement.

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