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Region 1: EPA New England

2006 Environmental Education Grants

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Connecticut


Connecticut Coalition for Environmental Justice
Grant Amount:  $10,755
P.O. Box 2003
Hartford, CT 06106

This organization is creating a program to recruit and train 10 linguistacally appropriate Bridgeport residents to educate their peers about asthma, its causes, triggers, and the role people can take for their indoor and outdoor air quality to combat asthma in the community.  The trained residents will form the Bridgeport Asthma Speakers’ Bureau speaking to 25 community groups/local events.  

New Haven Ecology Project, Inc
Grant Amount:  $10,022
358 Springside Avenue
New Haven, CT 06515

This organization holds an annual Earth Day festival for over 400 students in grades 1-6 and adults.  During this day long festival, participants are educated on food systems and local, sustainable food, ecosystem protection, pollution, recycling, and organic farming.  The participants have a raised awareness of their role in environmental protection and their connection to the natural world.  These goals are achieved through interactive lessons and tours by bout 50 trained Common Ground High School student volunteers and 40 adult staff volunteers.

New Haven Urban Resources Initiative
Grant Amount:  $10,750
205 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511

This project reaches 200 4th-6th graders, in an urban setting, on the ecological systems around them.  Open Spaces as Learning Places focuses on 6 types of urban open space in New Haven (school grounds, reclaimed abandoned lots that is now community-managed, City parks, rivers and wetland, pond life, and historical cemeteries).  Through these open spaces students are educated on water cycles, nutrient cycling, wildlife biodiversity, forest structure, the connection between species and habitat diversity, and adaptation and the impact of the urban environment on its natural counterpart.

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Maine


Cultivating Communities
Grant Amount:  $33,711
P.O. Box 3792
Portland, ME 04104

The Earth Steward Garden Initative educates 200 middle school students on environmental stewardship through food.  The project includes garden-based programs at area schools.  Teachers and students explore the environmental impacts they make as consumers and producers of food so that they may; assess the ecological consequences of food choices; value local foods as a way to minimize resource use and preserve open space;  and learn techniques to minimize the waste stream and conserve soil fertility.

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Massachusetts


Hitchcock Center for the Environment
Grant Amount:  $9,468
525 S. Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01002

The Riverview Project brings 120 elementary students into contact with a local habitat, the Sawmill River and its watershed.  Students and teachers learn through direct contact about local habitat, pollution causes and solutions, resource conservations, and plant and wildlife habitat protection in the watershed. 

Trips for Kids New Bedford, Inc.
Grant Amount:  $9,938
224 Brock Avenue
New Bedford, MA 02744

Explore Your Environment educates 60 inner-city youth, ages 9-15 on a variety of environmental issues including:  air and water quality, litter reduction, healthy natural habitats, vernal pools, and industrial waste and pollution as there is a Superfund site in their community.  This program is offered through a summer camp program where students and staff use the local environment as their classroom. Professional teachers and naturalists lead all the exercises.

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New Hampshire


The Audubon Society of New Hampshire
Grant Amount:  $35,000
3 Silk Farm Road
Concord, NH 03301

The Merrimack River Watershed Stewardship Program educates 300-450 elementary/middle students on non-point source pollution, water quality, hydrology, habitats, wetlands, aquatic ecology, cultural uses of rivers, and study of migratory fish as a healthy watershed.  15-25 teachers and partner staff through teaching workshop are trained to deliver the watershed curriculum

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Rhode Island


Childhood Lead Action Project
Grant Amount:  $23,311
1192 Westminister Street
Providence, RI 02909

Owners in RI are required by law to take a lead awareness course.  This organization is creating and developing a DVD in Spanish on lead save work practices for use in the 3-hour Lead Hazard Mitigation Course and to educate course instructors.  This DVD compliments the existing educational materials while educating owners on safe lead work practices.  Over 2,000 owners required to take the course will see this video.

Save the Bay, Inc.
Grant Amount:  $15,000
100 Save the Bay Drive
Providence, RI 02905

This project educates 30 middle school age girls in a two week summer camp that teaches degradation of water quality, destruction vs. restoration of critical habitats, and the health of different watersheds. There is also the exploration of careers in science particularly marine sciences.  Students will use in classroom instruction along with outdoor exploration to learn about these environmental topics.

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Vermont


Association of Vermont Recyclers
Grant Amount:  $30,000
P.O. Box 428
Plainfield, VT 05667

Youth Environmental Coalition (YEC) fosters teen leadership in conservations and waste reduction through recycling, composting, and conducting waste audits.  The program educates over 200 teens and adults on waste reduction and how wasteful consumption has worldwide environmental and social consequences.  Students develop and complete 15-20 service projects on waste reduction within their schools and make others aware of how they can help reduce waste too.  Also, all participants attend the Annual Environmental Summit.  

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