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EPA offers grant funds for environmental education in the Northwest

Contact Information: 
Hanady Kader EPA Public Affairs (kader.hanady@epa.gov)

(Seattle-Jan. 14, 2015) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is accepting grant applications for its Environmental Education Grants Program. The grants seek to support locally-focused environmental education projects that promote environmental awareness and stewardship. Successful applicants will submit projects that design and demonstrate environmental education practices, methods, or techniques. Applications are due on March 6, 2015.

In 2014, the EPA Northwest regional office awarded two grants. The Corvallis Environmental Research Center received a grant worth $200,000 to develop an online tool for students in Oregon and Washington to see real-time data about how their individual actions reduce carbon dioxide emissions and how their school-wide participation in the program collectively reduces emissions. In addition, teachers will attend workshops to implement a curriculum that includes classroom, online, and service learning components.

The second grant went to Educational School District #101, located in Spokane, Washington, to engage students in grades 4 through 8 in hands-on community environmental projects. The grant funds teacher professional development workshops that include instruction on environmental education fundamentals and sections on the indicators, causes and impacts of climate change. The curriculum includes classroom instruction, classroom presentations by environmental professionals, field trips to relevant environmental sites, and hands-on environmental stewardship projects based on student interests, cultural considerations, and local environmental issues or concerns.

The EPA Northwest office expects to award three grants, each worth $91,000. The total estimated funding for this competitive opportunity is approximately $2,730,000 nationwide.

For more information on the grants and instructions to apply, visit http://www2.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2014-12/documents/2014_ee_local_grants_rfp.pdf

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