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Region 1: EPA New England

Environmental Education Grants Federal Fiscal Year 1999

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Connecticut


CBIA Education Foundation
Grant Amount: $5000
350 Church Street
Hartford, Hartford County, CT 06103
Contact: Lauren Kaufman

Environmental Learning Games for High School Students is an education reform initiative to educate both teachers and students about real-world environmental problems and develop strategies to solve them. It also exposes students to environmental careers. The purpose is to increase the numbers of school districts exploring the environmental cluster by developing real-world, industry-based problem-solving games, that teachers can easily utilize in their curriculum.

SoundWaters, Inc.
Grant Amount: $5,000
69 Dyke Lane #13
Stamford, CT 06902
Contact: Lee Ann Beauchamp

Teacher Training Workshop - Discover Your Place In The Long Island Sound Watershed - From The Sound To The Schoolyard is a unique multi-disciplinary five day watershed ecology workshop for teachers at river sites in the watershed, aboard the schooner SoundWaters and at other field sites. The workshop offers a new approach to watershed education by demonstrating how teachers can integrate hands-on teaching methods as practiced by outdoor educators into traditional classroom curricula.

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Maine


Aroostook Literacy Coalition
Grant Amount: $5,000
P.O. Box 190
Houlton, ME 04730
Contact: Ervin T. MacDonald

Bridging The Two Maine's - An Environmental Telecommunications Project for The General Public in Aroostook County educates the general public and key community leaders about environmental issues and on-line networking in order to improve their access to key environmental data. By providing this training, the project uses technology to educate members of the adult community, including low income audiences, in Aroostook County, the largest and northernmost county in the state.

University of Maine -Water Research Institute
Grant Amount: $5000
5717 Corbett Hall
Orono, ME 04469-5717
Contact: Mary Ann McGarry

Testing The Waters: Building A Maine Watershed Alliance extends the acclaim of the previous pilot Testing The Water (TTW) programs by expanding the geographic base into the Kennebec River watershed, located in central Maine. The TTW program now provides a hands-on, minds-on, water quality monitoring and educational experience for more than 800 schoolchildren and teachers in the Kennebec watershed.

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Massachusetts


Alternatives for Community and Environment
Grant Amount: $10,000
2343 Washington Street
Roxbury, MA 02119 Contact: Warren Goldstein-Gelb

The Air We Share: From Classroom To Community In Roxbury, MA - The Roxbury Environmental Empowerment Project (REEP) focuses on the issues of poor indoor and outdoor air quality as a primary public health concern among school-aged youth and adults in Roxbury. It targets youth and non-formal leaders in public housing, neighborhood associations, and small businesses.

EarthWorks Projects, Inc.
Grant Amount: $5,000
46 Chestnut Street, 3rd Floor
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Contact: Maurice Loiselle

Outdoor Classroom's Adopt-a-Tree and High School Mentors Program increases the use of the Schoolyard Orchard Outdoor Classrooms for hands-on environmental education by training 10 or more volunteers who live in the communities surrounding the schools. The project also trains 5 high school students classroom specialists for their schools, and 3-5 teachers in the use of the orchards.

Island Alliance
Grant Amount: $25,000
408 Atlantic Avenue
Boston, MA 02210
Contact: Kathy Abbott

Environment-focused Interdisciplinary Middle School Curriculum Based On Boston Harbor Islands. The project's middle school curriculum development is based on the needs of students in Boston and other minority neighborhoods in Massachusetts. It also delivers onsite instruction and expeditionary learning materials to teachers. The curriculum is based on the geological, historical, cultural, social, economic, political, and marine and terrestrial ecology resources of the Boston Harbor islands.

Lynn Public Schools - Environmental School
Grant Amount: Grant Amount: $4,995
14 Central Avenue
Lynn, MA 01901
Contact: Charles P. Wilkinson

A Teaching Tool For The Development of Critical-thinking and Problem-solving Skills in Elementary and Secondary Pupils. Interdisciplinary real-world training in ecological principles and environmental education to teams of primary and secondary teachers at the Lynn Woods Reservation, a unique 2,200 acre urban forest. The training consists of workshops made up of field practicums elucidating the geologic, hydrologic, floral and faunal aspects of the local ecosystems.

New England Aquarium Corporation Education Department
Grant Amount: $5,000
Central Wharf
Boston, MA 02110
William Spitzer, Ph.D.

A Community Environmental Career Development Project. Young adults (aged 18-30) from Roxbury, Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, and Chelsea are recruited by community-based organizations to participate in an 8-part Environmental Career Workshop series. Professionals who work in environmental careers participate as guest presenters, with the workshops organized by Aquarium staff and hosted at a number of comunities organizations in the Roxbury, Dorchester, and Jamaica Plain areas.

Newton Public Schools
Grant Amount: $5,000
100 Walnut Street
Newton, MA 02460
Contact: George Willwerth

From Cheesecake Brook to Stellwagen Bank is an integrated thematic approach to teaching students concern for their environment by demonstrating the neglect that has happened literaly in their own back yard (Cheesecake Brook). The brook flows through school property, and is a demonstration of how neglect has affected the Charles River and virtually all the way to Stellwagen Bank.

University of Massachusetts Lowell Research Foundation
Grant Amount: $19,159
600 Suffolk Street, 2nd Floor
South, Lowell, MA 01854
Contact: Dr. Linda Silka

Regional Economic and Social Development. Thirty Southeast Asian young people, the River Ambassadors, previously trained in urban environmental issues, create six 15-minute videotape programs designed to consolidate their learning and receive greater visibility for their environmental work. This work demonstrates a model of how community-based approaches in areas that are home to immigrants new to the U.S. can be successful.

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New Hampshire


Antioch New England Graduate School
Grant Amount:$5,000
40 Avon Street
Keene, NH 03431
Contact: Bo Hoppin

Building Community Investment Through Environmental Education. This project funds internship positions for graduate students to design and implement community-based service learning projects at the Rachel Marshall Outdoor Learning Laboratory. The projects help students of Keene be responsible for long term management, care, and maintenance of Keene's Ashuelot River Park.

Keene State College - Department of Geography
Grant Amount: $10,000
229 Main Street
Keene, NH 03435-2001
Contact: Al Rydant

The Wild World of Worms - A Vermicomposting Geographic Curriculum Guide. This project introduces and establishes vermicomposting in elementary school settings by creating a core curriculum for grades 1-6 by combining vermicomposting with the National Geography Standards. Maintaining a worm bin provides hands-on experience with ecosystem management, integrating disciplines that bring together the physical and human dimensions of the world.

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Rhode Island


Brown University Swearer Center for Public Service
Grant Amount: $24,492
Swearer Center for Public Service
Box 1974
Providence, RI 02912
Contact: Kris Hermanns

The Environmental Health Action Project works with families in a coordinated effort to improve the health and quality of life of asthmatics. Their work supplements existing clinic-based services with home visits and educational outreaches tailored to the language, literacy, and healthneeds of individual families. Workers identify and eliminate environmental triggers found in the home.

Narragansett Indian Tribe
Grant Amount: $4,046
Natural Resource Department
P.O. Box 268
Charlestown, RI 02813
Contact: Dinalyn Spears Audette

The Active Watershed Management Project. The Tribe developed a plan to protect the environment and health of its members. It hosts a workshop which is a coordinated effort among the Tribe, Southern Rhode Island Conservation District, and the University of Rhode Island. In addition there are 8 classroom units, 3 field trips, and a culminating event. The project also includes distribution of a newsletter highlighting environmental hazards.

University of Rhode Island Cooperative Extension Education Center
Grant Amount: $4,938
Cooperative Extension Education Center
East Alumni Avenue
Kingston, RI, Washington County, RI 02881-0804
Contact: June Kinigstein

What's A Wetland? Classes of children in 3rd to 6th grades participate in the Guiding Education in Mathematics and Science Network (GEMSNET) program. Students are from a wide range of socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds. Children and teachers explore the wetlands with a trained University of Rhode Island student or URI Master Gardener as the facilitator.

Woonsocket High School Education Department
Grant Amount: $5000
Education Department
108 High Street
Woonsocket, RI 02895
Contact: Ms. Jazik

The Cass Park Conservation Coalition Project establishes a collaborative effort involving students, teachers, state, municipal and community groups in evaluating, monitoring, and restoring Cass Park. A group of students who have been identified as at risk of dropping out of school are implementing the program. The ultimate goal is to reduce storm water pollution of Cass Pond, improve the landscape of Cass Park, and develop the area into an ecoclassroom.

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Vermont


Shelburne Farms
Grant Amount: $14,550
1611 Harbor Road
Shelburne, VT 05482
Contact: Judy Elson

People and The Northern Forest: A Sustainable Relationship is a project which designs and delivers a series of workshops to 4th - 8th grade teachers, providing them with the skills and knowledge to develop curriculum that inspires students to become active forest stewards. The program provides ongoing professional support to participating teachers, assisting with the integration of Northern Forest issues into their curriculum while meeting the objectives outlined in the Vermont Framework of Standards and Learning Opportunities. Workshops accomodate 120 educators, thus reaching 3,000 students annually.

State of Vermont - Department of Health
Grant Amount: $3,820
108 Cherry Street
Burlington, VT 05402
Contact: Karen Garbarino

The Indoor Air Quality Education in Schools project uses existing Department of Health staff to train a representative teaching professional from the pilot supervisory union on basic indoor air quality and ventilation issues. With this training, initial concerns are addressed by the school at the local level and an indoor air quality management plan is established. The indoor air quality coordinator is also responsible for incorporating what was learned into the supervisory union's health education curriculum.

Winooski Valley Park District
Grant Amount: $4,000
Ethan Allen Homestead Burlington, VT 05401
Contact: Jennifer Ely

State of the Winooski Basin Environmental Education Program and Youth Conference is a project which elevates awareness of the many values of wetlands, including their role in phosphorus trapping. It complements and builds upon existing educational resources, teaching students a variety of hands-on skills that can be applied to real-life, such as: how land use affects environmental quality, mapping, quantitative water monitoring, professional letter writing, public speaking, and how the political process works.

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