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EPA Awards Environmental Education Grant to Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, FL

Contact Information: 
Dawn Harris Young (harris-young.dawn@epa.gov)
(404) 562-8421 (Direct), (404) 562-8400 (Main)

ATLANTA – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Fla. as a recipient of an Environmental Education Grant. The university was selected under the 2015 Environmental Education (EE) Grants Program. EPA will award grants under the 2016 EE Grants Program later this year.

Florida Gulf Coast University was awarded was awarded $90,800 in grant monies. The University’s Creating Learning Experiences and Addressing Needs of Watersheds and Aquifers Through Entrepreneurial Research (CLEAN WATER) program goal is to improve environmental literacy among 7th grade classrooms in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades Counties in south Florida. The program integrates classroom and virtual learning experiences, hands-on models, physical and virtual field trips, and culminates in an entrepreneurial research and design project to enhance student understanding of watersheds, aquifers, and wetlands.  It further challenges students to create potential solutions to improve water quality in south Florida.

The agency funded 35 grants from organizations in 26 states. Grants range from approximately $36,000 to $192,000, for a total of approximately $3,306,600 million. A full list of recipients and summaries of each project are available at http://www2.epa.gov/education/environmental-education-ee-grants.

Since 1992, EPA has distributed between $2 million and $3.5 million in grant funding per year, for a total of approximately $68 million supporting more than 3,600 grant projects. This highly competitive grants program supports EE projects that increase public awareness about environmental issues and provide participants with the skills to take responsible actions to protect the environment. The program provides financial support for projects that design, demonstrate or disseminate environmental education practices, methods or techniques.

To learn more about the grant winners, or to apply for future EE grant competitions, visit http://www2.epa.gov/education/environmental-education-ee-grants.

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