12/5/13
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Ohio EPA Awards Grant to Support Forestry Education at The Holden Arboretum

Ohio EPA has awarded an environmental education mini grant to The Holden Arboretum to educate Northeast Ohio students on the social, economic and environmental benefits of community forests. The arboretum is one of nine Ohio organizations to be awarded Ohio Environmental Education Fund (OEEF) mini grants totaling $35,192.

Holden Arboretum will use its $3,200 grant to conduct a Tree Summit featuring experts in the fields of forestry and urban planning. Participating middle and high school students will spend the day learning about tree-related careers and accessing science-based resources so they can document and demonstrate the value of trees. Students will take this information back to their schools and work to increase tree awareness in their communities.

The Ohio Environmental Education Fund provides funding each year for environmental education projects targeting kindergarten through university students, the general public and the regulated community. 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. 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.


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