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Ohio EPA Awards Environmental Education Grant To Support Summit County Organization
Summit County high school students will learn about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers, including careers in environmental fields and the National Park Service with assistance from a $44,972 Ohio EPA Environmental Education grant.
The grant to the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park was one of four Ohio communities and organizations to receive a total of $168,458 to support environmental education programs.
CVNP’s Environmental Career Academy will teach students about careers in environmental science and related fields, with an emphasis on diversifying the workforce. The project will increase the number of under-served youth exploring careers in STEM fields. The academy also will provide opportunities for students to develop a sense of stewardship for the Cuyahoga River watershed through the scientific process.
OEEF grants are funded with a portion of the civil penalties Ohio EPA collects for violations of Ohio’s air and water pollution control laws. OEEF awards grants for a variety of environmental education projects serving kindergarten through university students, the public and the regulated community. Eligible recipients include environmental groups, public and private schools, colleges and universities, trade and professional organizations, state and local governments, and businesses.
For the next round of grants, electronic letters of intent must be submitted by July 9 and completed applications are due July 16. Additional information is available on OEEF’s webpage or by calling (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.