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Ohio EPA Awards $42,358 Environmental Education Grant to Darke County Organization

More than 110 teachers and 1,500 high school students from seven counties will benefit from an Ohio EPA grant to the Darke County Educational Service Center. The grant will be used for the pilot project, Producing Renewable Energy in Ohio. Eleven grants were awarded statewide for $350,000.

This project will target 114 teachers and approximately 1,500 high school students from 57 school districts in west central Ohio. The goal of the project is to increase high school students’ skills at making decisions about renewable energies that are found or produced in Ohio. A series of workshops, online follow-up and a printed guide will provide teachers with content about biomass (ethanol, biodiesel and methane), wind and geothermal energy sources currently being developed in Western Ohio, and practice leading students in learning to make decisions about energy options without creating bias themselves. Products will include a magazine for students accompanied by audio/video podcasts. The Educational Services Centers of Auglaize, Mercer, Miami, Montgomery, Preble and Shelby Counties are collaborating.

The Ohio Environmental Education Fund is administered by Ohio EPA. Grants up to $50,000 are funded from one-half of the civil penalties collected by the Agency for air and water pollution control violations. Eligible grant recipients include environmental groups, public and private schools, colleges and universities, trade or professional organizations, businesses and state and local governments. Approximately $1 million is given each year.

The next OEEF application deadline is on July 16, 2012. An electronic letter of intent to apply is due on July 9. For additional information, contact the Ohio Environmental Education Fund at (614) 644-2873 or visit its website at www.epa.ohio.gov/oee/.

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