Jun 07, 2016

Louisiana, New Mexico & Oklahoma Orgs earn Environmental Education Grants

EPA dishes out more than $3.3 million in 26 states

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced organizations in Louisiana, New Mexico and Oklahoma will receive grant awards under the 2015 Environmental Education (EE) Grants Program. EPA will award grants under the 2016 EE Grants Program later this year.

The University of New Orleans was awarded $90,800 for teacher training. Educators will attend workshops on implementing watershed- and delta-related stewardship activities for students in their local environments. The Asombro Institute for Science Education in Las Cruces, N.M., was awarded $90,000 for its “New Mexico Climate Champions” project, which educates children on regional effects of climate change on water and agriculture and how to mitigate those effects in their communities. Oklahoma State University was awarded $91,000 to improve environmental education at the Santa Fe South Charter School by including urban agriculture in the curriculum for 1,500 students.

The agency funded 35 grants from organizations in 26 states. Grants range from about $36,000 to $192,000, for a total of about $3,306,600. Summaries of each project are available at online.

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 to 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.