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EPA awards $30,000 environmental education grant to the Moanalua Gardens Foundation Funds to support work on outreach projects

Release Date: 09/17/2007
Contact Information: Dean Higuchi, 808-541-2711, higuchi.dean@epa.gov

(09/17/07) HONOLULU – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded $30,000 to the Moanalua Gardens Foundation to support environmental education projects.

“We are pleased to be working with Moanalua Gardens to help educate students and communities about environmental issues that affect our lives,” said Kathleen Johnson, public affairs division director of the EPA’s Pacific Southwest region. “Each of us plays a role in protecting the environment to ensure that future generations inherit a cleaner world.”

The project will cover native and invasive species with eight lesson plans and resource materials, tailored to Hawaii’s special environmental issues. The lessons will help students understand responsible stewardship and motivate them to become effective future workers, problem solvers, and thoughtful community leaders and participants.

As a result of this project, over 160 teachers from the Hawaii Department of Education in 50 schools will have a state-of-the-art native and invasive species curriculum and updated resource materials to use for the benefit of 5,000 students in grades 1-7. Students in Hawaii’s public and private schools will learn the importance of respecting, caring for, and maintaining the islands’ complex, diverse, and unique ecosystems.

The project is funded by the EPA’s Environmental Education grant program and is part of an overall $94,000 grant the EPA awarded in the Pacific Southwest region covering Hawaii, California, Arizona, Nevada and the Islands of Guam, American Samoa and Northern Marianas.

For more information on the project, please contact Pauline Worsham at the Moanalua Gardens Foundation at (808) 839-5334, http://www.mgf-hawaii.org

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