12/28/15
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Ohio EPA Awards Grant to Provide Lessons in Urban Forestry to Cleveland-area Organization

The Western Reserve Land Conservancy wants to increase the Cleveland Metropolitan Area’s urban forest canopy and has joined with Holden Arboretum to teach area residents how to properly plant and care for trees. Urban trees help filter pollution and can help lower temperatures by providing shade in the summer so improving the density of urban woody plants has benefits to both people and their environment.

The local partners asked for and received an Ohio EPA Environmental Education Fund grant to help support the effort. In addition to helping clean the air, trees help conserve energy, reduce storm water runoff, raise property values, provide wildlife habitat and increase biodiversity. Additional partners include Slavic Village Community Development Corporation, Burten, Bell, Carr Development Corporation, Old Brooklyn Community Development Corporation and Ohio City Incorporated.

The project is being funded in part with a $41,619 Ohio EPA grant. Seven grants were awarded statewide for $261,183. The Ohio Environmental Education Fund provides funding each year for environmental education projects serving kindergarten through university students, the general public and the regulated community.

Eligible grant recipients include environmental groups, public and private schools, colleges and universities, trade or professional organizations, businesses and state and local governments. Letters of intent for the next grant round are due to Ohio EPA no later than Jan. 8, 2016, and applications are due no later than Jan. 15, 2016. Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact the Ohio Environmental Education Fund on the web or at (614) 644-2873 to discuss project ideas.

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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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