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EPA Awards Alabama Clean Water Partnership an $171,436 Environmental Education Model Grant

Release Date: 11/10/2014
Contact Information: Jason McDonald, (404) 562-9203, mcdonald.jason@epa.gov

(11/10/14) ATLANTA--The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded the Alabama Clean Water Partnership with an $171,436 environmental education model grant for their Eco-Action-Waters to the Sea project proposal. The proposal intends to use computer kiosks featuring highly interactive modules to introduce a watershed –based perspective that connects upstream land uses with their impacts on downstream and coastal environments throughout Alabama’s Mobile Bay watershed. Users learn about the common causes of non-point source pollution (NPS) and their relative impacts on coastal environments. The modules introduce strategies for reducing NPS pollution and encourages users to adopt them.

The award was one of 20 grants issued across the country, ranging from $75,000- 200,000 for a total of approximately $2.8 million. Projects include community energy education, summer programs for low-income teenagers, integration of multimedia learning tools into watershed education, environmental health education on the impact of climate change and asthma, and hands-on K-12 environmental education programs. The announcement signals the completion of awards for the 2013 Environmental Education Model Grants Program.

Since 1992, EPA has distributed between $2 and $3.5 million in grant funding per year, for a total of $62,143,290, supporting more than 3,600 grant projects. Applications for the 2014 EE Model Grants Program will be available later in Fall 2014.

The purpose of the EE Model Grants Program is to support environmental education projects that increase public awareness about environmental issues and provide participants with the skills to take responsible actions to protect the environment. This grant program provides financial support for projects that design, demonstrate, and/or disseminate environmental education practices, methods, or techniques, and that will serve as models that can be replicated in a variety of settings.

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