4/6/15
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Ohio EPA Awards $4,930 Environmental Education Grant to Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency

The Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency will expand its idle-free campaign to continue reducing air pollution from idling auto engines in areas where children gather. Funding is coming from a $4,930 Ohio EPA environmental education grant.

The initiative will be taken to schools, day care centers, parks, sports complexes and other facilities where children are dropped off and picked up for their sports and extracurricular activities by parents who may idle their vehicles while waiting. The grant will provide 190 idle- free zone signs and posts at these locations.

The message about the health and environmental benefits of reduced emissions will be reinforced through the ongoing public awareness campaign in Butler, Clermont, Hamilton and Warren counties by incorporating social media, television, web links, electronic newsletters and school programs.

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. In this grant cycle, six projects throughout the state were funded for$26,777.

The next grant application deadline is July 15, 2015, with an electronic letter of intent to apply due by July 8. For additional information, contact the Ohio Environmental Education Fund on the web or at (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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