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Miami Valley Bicyclists Will Benefit from Ohio EPA Education Grant
Up to 6,000 bicyclists will have an opportunity to reduce tailpipe emissions by attending one or more of 24 Miami Valley events and leaving their cars at home with help from a $5,000 Ohio EPA Education grant to Bike Miami Valley. Cyclists will be able to keep their rides safe at the events using attended, secure spaces.
More than 70 percent of trips made by car in the U.S. are for fewer than four miles. While many bike programs encourage people to ride to work, Bike Miami Valley will work with event organizers across the Miami Valley to provide complimentary bike valet parking. So organizers can calculate emissions savings, riders will be asked to estimate the number of miles they rode to the events.
Eight grants were issued statewide for a total of $35,614. The Ohio Environmental Education Fund provides grants 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 July 10, 2017, and applications are due no later than July 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.