Region 1: EPA New England
2008 Environmental Education Grants
The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, Inc.
Grant Amount: $25,082
10 North Water Street
Norwalk, CT 06584
This project teaches all 6th graders from the Norwalk Public School District on non-point source pollution affecting Long Island Sound. Students learn how human activity impacts water resources in Connecticut and its ecosystems through educational kits, field trips, school and home activities, and science presentations. Families are also encouraged to participate and learn about non-point source pollution.
New Haven Urban Resources Initiative
Grant Amount: $21,199
205 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511
This project educates high school students on their urban ecosystem and how increasing the tree canopy of the city affects and improves their environment. Students learn how tree canopy affects air quality, sequester carbon, reduce stormwater runnoff, and increase property levels. Students also look at ecosystem data from the STRATUM model (developed by the US Forest Service) on the role of canopy effects. The students also learn that these skills can be used for potential careers.
Friends of the Cobbossee Watershed
Grant Amount: $12,330
PO Box 5003
Augusta, ME 04332
All students in 4th - 6th grade within the Cobbossee Watershed in Central Maine are educated on watershed issues. The focus is on non-point source pollution (caused mainly be eroding soils) and invasive aquatic plants threats to the ecological and economic stability of the watershed. Students increase their knowledge base of water quality issues and informed stewards of local watershed issues.
Good Will Home Association
Grant Amount: $9,804
Rt 201, PO Box 159
Hinckley, ME 04944-0159
In after school programs for children (K-5) and their families, this project teaches about Maine’s natural habitats, wildlife diversity, and environmental stewardship. Students learn about environmental issues created by road salt, rubbish, invasive plants and animals, and potential solutions and outcomes. There are 16, 12-week sessions and 8 Saturday family exploration sessions.
Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center
Grant Amount: $22,574
23 Harbor Loop
Gloucester, MA 01930
The Ocean Explorers 3rd & 4th grade Marine Science Program educates students on the local marine resource. Students explore plankton collections and identification, water quality, marine habitats and humans effects on this environment.
Organization for the Assabet River
Grant Amount: $12,502
9 Damonmill Square, Suite 1E
Concord, MA 01742
In partnership with Massachusetts Audubon, this organization offers a series of one-hour, outdoor, summer workshops to children 6-12 years old on watershed and the water cycle, aquatic plants, aquatic animals, water bugs, water testing, water conservation, and water pollution. A total of 56 workshops are being offered over the seven weeks.
Cool Air- Cool Planet, Inc.
Grant Amount: $41,714
100 Market Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801
New Hampshire towns are creating Local Energy Committees (LECs) – community groups charged with assessing and improving their towns’ actions on energy use and conservation. This projects works with LECs and fosters the creation of new ones with the goal of increasing environmental stewardship and encouraging towns to make sustainable decisions on energy, transportation, waste disposal and land use.
Scituate School Department
Grant Amount: $14,895
197 Danielson Pike, PO Box 188
N. Scituate, RI 02857
This project trains teachers and students (11th & 12th grade) in the use of Global Positioning Systems and Geological Information Systems for the use of mapping a variety of environmental parameters in the community including invasive species, non-point pollution sources, and water quality monitoring stations monitored by students. Participants learn about threats to the natural resources and generate management plans as solutions.
NorthWoods Stewardship Center
Grant Amount: $28,900
154 Leadership Drive, PO Box 220
East Charleston, VT 05833
Residents and students (4th- 8th grade)in the northeastern Vermont participate in site tours, workshops, take home tool kits and educational displays on renewable energy alternatives. Residents learn about the impacts of individual energy choices, efficiency and renewable energy costs and options, and access to renewable energy resources.