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Northern Ohio Organizations Receive Ohio EPA Education Grants
Three northern Ohio organizations are receiving Ohio EPA Environmental Education mini grants for diverse projects focused on storm water control, butterfly habitat and the benefits of electric automobiles. Eight mini grants are being awarded statewide for a total of $27,433.
- Champion Local Schools in Trumbull County is receiving $5,000 to develop a storm water control basin at the new Champion Middle School. The project will involve students and the community to construct a new storm water detention basin with native plants and seeds. The one-acre basin then will become an outdoor learning lab that adjoins the environmentally sensitive Little Brown bat habitat and wetlands. Public trails, benches and educational signage will surround the basin and the school district plans to bring in speakers to talk with students and adults about storm water and environmental careers.
- Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio is receiving $5,000 to educate scouts about the West Virginia White Butterfly habitat that exists at Camp Timberlane, the Girl Scout camp in Erie County. Programs will focus on native and non-native species with a focus on the effect of garlic mustard on the butterfly’s reproduction. Scouts will learn about habitat preservation and assist in controlling the garlic mustard, an invasive plant.
- Clean Fuels Ohio is receiving a $4,803 grant for its Drive Electric Ohio initiative. This statewide organization is working to increase adoption of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) to improve Ohio’s air quality, economy and energy security. The grant will help the organization educate consumers about the advantages of PEVs, encourage investment in PEV charging stations and enacting policies to overcome market barriers. Clean Fuels Ohio is collaborating with the cities of Toledo, Dayton, Cincinnati and with Drive Electric Northeast Ohio.
The Ohio Environmental Education Fund provides grants each year for environmental education projects serving kindergarten through university students, the public and the regulated community. Mini grants are available for projects costing between $500 and $5,000.
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 9, 2018, and applications are due no later than July 16, 2018. Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact the Ohio Environmental Education Fund online 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.