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Ohio EPA Awards Environmental Education Grant to Increase Public Awareness of Pollination
Miami County residents will learn the importance of preserving and creating pollinator habitat thanks to an $49,914 grant from the Ohio Environmental Education Fund (OEEF). The grant was awarded to the Miami County Park District (MCPD) – one of eight Ohio communities and organizations to receive a total of $239,941 to support environmental education programs.
With pollinating insects on the decline, MCPD will use the money to initiate a two-year educational program called “Habitat Heroes – Hug the Pollinators!” The goal is to inspire more than 10,000 kids and adults to protect and increase pollinator habitat. Pollinator projects will include classroom activities, performing arts and habitat exploration field trips. Action projects will result in habitat plantings outside homes, schools and libraries, and on other community properties.
Collaborating with MCPD on the program are many charitable and community foundations, environmental groups and local civic organizations.
OEEF grants are funded with a portion of the civil penalties Ohio EPA collects for violations of Ohio’s air and water pollution control laws. OEEF awards grants for a variety of environmental education projects serving kindergarten through university students, the public and the regulated community. Eligible recipients include environmental groups, public and private schools, colleges and universities, trade and professional organizations, state and local governments, and businesses.
For the next round of grants, electronic letters must be submitted by July 10 and completed applications are due July 17. Additional information is available on OEEF’s webpage or by calling (614) 644-2873.
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.