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MEDIA CONTACT: Lindey Amer
CITIZEN CONTACT: Mike Settles
Northeastern Ohio Organization Receives Help from Ohio EPA to Improve the Environment
Western Reserve Resource Conservation and Development Council will be working with more than 200 low-income youth to help educate them about environmentally-based jobs to help financially prepare for post-secondary education.
The group will provide summer employment for under-represented youth at public and private non-profit environmental organizations that focus on stewardship of Northeast Ohio’s public lands and waterways. Youth will have weekly environmental career-focused education, training and service-learning sessions at central sites in four counties.
The $31,930 Ohio Environmental Education Fund grant will help fund the training. Five grants were awarded statewide totaling $190,044. 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 July 8, 2016, and applications are due no later than July 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.
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.