July 16, 2013
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Ohio EPA Awards $5,000 Environmental Education Mini Grant  to The Ohio State University – College of Food, Agricultural & Biological Engineering

The Ohio State University – College of Food, Agricultural & Biological Engineering, has received a grant for $5,000 environmental education mini grant from Ohio EPA to conduct its program “Low-cost, Low-energy Wastewater Treatment for Food Processors.” Fourteen grants were awarded statewide for a total of $58,345.

A hands-on learning center will be constructed in an existing building next to the newly constructed sand bioreactor treatment system at Whitewater Processing Inc. The new plant is one-fifth of the cost of a more traditional pretreatment works that discharges to a publicly owned treatment works.  The learning center will feature framed posters of the treatment process, models of treatment system components and a video of system construction. The educational program will include hands-on activities including sand analysis, liner installation and sealing and wastewater dosing.

The Ohio Environmental Education Fund (OEEF) awards grants each year for environmental education projects targeting kindergarten through university students, the general public, and the regulated community. General grants are awarded for projects lasting up to 30 months and costing up to $50,000.

Mini grants are available for projects lasting up to 12 months and range from $500 to $5,000. Proposals for classroom projects, conference speakers, and other activities that are eligible under the general grant program are eligible under the mini-grant program, but the application process is streamlined.

For additional information, visit the Ohio Environmental Education Fund or call (614) 644-2873.

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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. In the past 40 years, 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. Ohio EPA….40 years and moving forward.


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