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RI Organizations Get $25,093 for Environmental Education Projects

Release Date: 09/22/2005
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Contact: David Deegan (, EPA Office of Public Affairs, (617) 918-1017

For Immediate Release: September 22, 2005; Release # dd050913

Two projects in Rhode Island were awarded a total of $25,093 in environmental education grants, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today. The organizations are among 13 recipients throughout New England that were awarded a total of $190,000.

Selected from more than 75 applicants in New England, Groundwork Providence, Inc. and the Childhood Lead Action Program were chosen for the funds by EPA’s New England office.

The grants are targeted to organizations that tackle community issues, curriculum development and environmental health.

"Environmental education teaches our children how to create a cleaner environment for the future," said Robert W. Varney, regional administrator of EPA's New England Office. “These grants support environmental education projects that address such challenging issues as water ecology, preservation and environmental justice."

The Childhood Lead Action Project, based in Providence, received $15,594 to create a video on lead safe work practices that will be used during a three-hour lead mitigation training course. More than 2,000 landlords are required to take a lead mitigation and awareness course to satisfy state requirements.

Groundwork Providence, Inc. received $9,497 for its education team of seven under-served high school-aged students. The students will partner with the Providence Neighborhood Planting Program and RI Tree Council to develop activities and hands-on projects that will teach the importance of clean, safe, and beautified neighborhoods to younger children and neighborhood groups. The E-team youth and 60 elementary and middle school children work throughout the summer and academic year on the environmental stewardship tree program. The goals of this project are to create, develop, and implement tree steward programs through weekly meetings with students and to create similar programs for neighborhood groups receiving street tree grants.

For more information on the agency's education programs, visit the agency's web site at

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