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EPA Grant Supports Warwick Valley Central School District; Program to Develop Environmental Education Classes; Boost Recycling and Composting

Release Date: 12/02/2015
Contact Information: Jennifer May-Reddy, 212-637-3658, may.jennifer@epa.gov

      (New York, N.Y.) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is awarding a $91,000 environmental education grant to Warwick Valley Central School District to support the Envirocation Project, which will provide environmental education throughout the school district and the surrounding community. The school district will also use the funds to implement two major initiatives: a comprehensive recycling program, and a composting program in every district school building by August 2017.

      “The recycling and composting program offered through this program will give students and staff hands-on environmental experience that will be a model for other school districts nationwide,” said Judith A. Enck, EPA Regional Administrator. “Participants in this grant project will come away with a unique perspective of integrating environmental education through real-life projects that will benefit their community.”

      Specifics of the grant is as follows:

      Warwick Valley Central School District - $91,000
      Warwick Valley Central School District will use the EPA grant funding to team up with their non-profit partner Sustainable Warwick to develop and implement new environmental education classes in their schools. The courses will offer students community activities related to sustainability and public outreach. Warwick Valley Central School District will reach at least 900 students in addition to the community participation throughout this two-year project.

      Warwick Valley Central School District was one of three recipients to receive this round of grants from EPA Region 2, which is responsible for New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and eight tribal nations. A total of $273,000 was awarded in EPA Region 2 for the three grants and funding nationwide for this round of grants totaled approximately $3.3 million.

      Since 1992, EPA has distributed approximately $65.5 million supporting more than 3,600 environmental education projects nationwide.

      The grantees were selected from more than 400 applications received in February and March 2015. This longstanding, competitive grants program supports EE projects that increase public awareness about environmental issues and provide participants with the skills to take actions to protect the environment. The program provides financial support for projects that design, demonstrate, and/or disseminate environmental education practices, methods or techniques.

      For more information on the new awardees and on how to apply for future environmental education grant competitions, please visit: http://www2.epa.gov/education/environmental-education-ee-grants.

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