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MEDIA CONTACT: Lindey Amer
CITIZEN CONTACT: Mike Settles
Mahoning County Organization Receives Ohio EPA Education Grant
Approximately 800 junior high students will reduce their cafeteria waste by as much as 35 percent with help from a $16,053 Ohio EPA Education grant to Boardman Glenwood Junior High School. Students will sort their food waste following lunch – placing compostable waste in an EarthTub composting system.
Compost generated will be used in science classes to connect composting to issues facing the local park’s lakes. A compost day will educate school staff and members of the community about the project and benefits of using compost.
Seven grants were awarded statewide for $247,874. The Ohio Environmental Education Fund provides funding each year for environmental education projects serving kindergarten through university students, the public and the regulated community.
Eligible grant recipients include environmental groups, public and private schools, colleges and universities, trade or professional organizations, businesses and state and local governments. Letters of intent for the next grant round are due to Ohio EPA no later than Jan. 9, 2017, and applications are due no later than Jan. 17, 2017. Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact the Ohio Environmental Education Fund online or at (614) 644-2873 to discuss project ideas.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. Since then, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling.