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Ohio EPA Awards $46,627 Environmental Education Grant to Geauga County Organization
Ohio EPA awarded a $46,627 environmental education grant to the Kenston Local School District to build the Kenston Alternative Energy Outdoor Learning Center. Ten grants were awarded statewide for $269,334.
An outdoor learning center will be installed at the Kenston Local Schools campus to teach students and other visitors about alternative energy initiatives in place at the school. Three interpretive signs will provide information about the school’s wind turbine, solar arrays, a hybrid school bus and other sustainability features on the campus linked to the “Kilowatts for Kenston” energy efficiency curriculum.
Students from all grade levels will participate in activities that meet STEM requirements, including the use of electronic tablets to monitor the energy generated and used on campus, participation in the National Engineer’s Week Future City Competition and activities using K’NEX Forces, Energy, and Motion kits. Geauga Park District is collaborating with a binocular program for fifth grade students.
The Ohio Environmental Education Fund is administered by Ohio EPA. Eligible grant recipients include nonprofit organizations, public and private schools, colleges and universities, trade or professional associations, businesses and state and local governments.
The next grant application deadline is Jan. 15, 2015, with an electronic letter of intent to apply due by Jan. 8. For additional information, contact the Ohio Environmental Education Fund at (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.