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For information on how to apply for environmental education grants, contact 
the Office of Environmental Education at 202-260-4965 or visit Internet 
address http://www.epa.gov/enviroed.

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From:          Joe Makuch <jmakuch@nal.usda.gov>
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Date:          Fri, 30 Jul 1999 11:47:06 -0400

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From: GROUP PRESS 202-260-4355 [mailto:PRESS@epamail.epa.gov]
Sent: Friday, July 30, 1999 11:30 AM
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EPA today announced a total of almost $2.5 million in environmental 
education grants to over 200 organizations nationwide.  EPA headquarters in 
Washington, D.C., awarded over $870,000 to nine winners and EPA's regional 
offices awarded the remaining $1.6 million.  The environmental education 
grants program was established to assist schools, universities, 
not-for-profit organizations, state, local and tribal governments in 
developing projects that will benefit the environment while educating the 
public.  Since 1992 EPA grant funds have been awarded to almost 2,000 
recipients.  The Environmental Education Grants Program was established 
under Section 6 of the National Environmental Education Act of 1990.  In 
making selections, EPA gives priority to projects that address health 
problems, education reform programs, and outreach and community programs 
for the public.

The nine EPA headquarter's 1999 Environmental Education Grant winners are 
from: Martinez, Calif.; Davis, Calif.; Starkville, Miss.; Glassboro, N.J.; 
New York, N.Y.; Rochester, N.Y.; Newark, Ohio; Salt Lake City, Utah; and 
Montpelier, Vt. To obtain information on these projects, contact Tanya 
Meekins at 202-260-1387.

Information on the EPA regional grant winners can be obtained from the 
appropriate offices listed below. For information on how to apply for 
environmental education grants, contact the Office of Environmental 
Education at 202-260-4965 or visit Internet address 

Region 1 (New England) 	      Region 6 (Southwest)
Maria Pirie -- 617-918-1068   Ed Curran -- 214-665-2172

Region 2 (Northeast)   	      Region 7 (Great Plains)
Terry Ippolito -- 212-637-3671 	Rowena Michaels -- 913-551-7003

Region 3 (Mid-Atlantic)           Region 8 (Mountain Plains)
Larry Brow 215-814-5527	                     Cece Forget -- 303-312-6605



Contra Costa County Health Services Department - $97,150
Mary Foran, 20 Allen St., Martinez, Calif. 94553

Center for Health Environmental Education Program
The Contra Costa County Health Services Department has won national
recognition for innovative programs that
solicit the participation of residents in designing and implementing
enviro-health improvements.  In 1993, a major
toxic spill occurred in the area and recently the Center for Health in North
Richmond was created to respond to
similar situations should they occur.  This project trains local
enviro-health educators to teach residents to plan
and carry out neighborhood environmental action plans.  Interactive learning
resources provided through a formal
Environmental Resource Center teach residents to interpret and disseminate
correct environmental information,
define community issues, select action strategies and sustain neighborhood
education projects.  Having been
trained, residents will then train their neighbors, who will train others in
a continuing process of community
enlightenment. Partner organizations include the West County Toxics
Coalition, East Bay Regional Parks, the Bucket
Brigade and the city of Richmond.

Regents of the University of California - $113,493
Joyce Gustein, 410 Mrak Hall, One Shields Ave., Davis, Calif. 95616

Return of the Salmon
This project addresses uses and diversions of creek water and the resulting
ecological effects on the Putah Creek
watershed.  Middle school students will participate in activities in school
and on field trips to explore how
salmon can be studied as an indicator of the ecological health of the creek.
Teachers will facilitate the youth's
entry into the watershed first through in-school activities and later via
field trips.  Subsequently, the students
will be able to pursue educational activities with their families using a
guidebook and website developed through
this project. The project also provides teachers in service training and
internet development.  The project has an
advisory committee of university and regional science and education

Starkville School District - $91,200
Janet Henderson, 401 Greensboro, Starkville, Miss. 39759

Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge Environment Education Center and Program.
The Starkville School District serves more than 4,000 students across a 100+
square mile area.  The school district
has established an Environmental Education Center and Program at the Noxubee
National Wildlife Refuge in
cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Mississippi State
University.  This essentially rural
program emphasizes sustainable use of diminishing resources, fish and
wildlife ecology and the historical
significance of natural assets in creating the culture of the South.
Students from Mississippi as well as Alabama
will benefit from learning on-the-ground, where theories can be tested
against empirical reality.  Very few such
opportunities are available in this countryside.  The  ultimate target is 69
school districts within a larger 140-
mile radius.


Farmworker Health and Safety Institute Inc. - $40,000
Teresa Niedda, 4 South Delsea Dr., Glassboro, N.J. 08028
Farmworker Training and Development Program
The Farm Health and Safety Institute is a consortium of three
community-based farmworker organizations that will
replicate an innovative curriculum and model training program for
farmworkers.  The institute has a unique
educational program that trains farmworkers to teach their peers and their
families about environmental issues such
as pesticide safety, runoff, spills, solid waste incineration, and crop
dusting and its effect on air quality.  The
institute has created materials and workshops that teach farmworkers how to:
1) analyze their work and community
for environmental hazards (mapping), such as pesticides and unsafe drinking
water; 2) train their fellow
farmworkers; and 3) evaluate this program and the comprehension of their
trainees through follow-up training and
community visits.  The program also teaches experienced farmworker trainers
how to conduct the "Train-the-trainer"
workshops which will consist of three separate training sessions totaling
over 250 hours of training.  Follow-up
evaluations will also be conducted throughout the duration of the project to
evaluate the process as well as ensure
that the methodology, tools and training are being conducted in a consistent
manner.  Farmworkers will receive
training in Florida, New Jersey, New Mexico,Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico,
Texas, and in the state of Chihuahua in
Mexico.  This project may serve as a model for similar programs in other


Seneca Park Zoo Society - $33,470
John Scott Foster, 2222 St. Paul St., Rochester, N.Y. 14621

Amphibian Alert!
A large amount of research over the past decade has documented in some
cases, catastrophic extinction of amphibian
species or populations around the world.  Many of these population declines
are associated with non-point source
pollution.  This project will train informal educators in zoos, museums,
nature centers, and classroom teachers
around the country to address the topic of declining amphibian populations
and provide community members with the
problem solving skills.  Seneca Park Zoo Society with its partners are
developing Amphibian Alert!, a curriculum
package for informal educators and classroom teachers.  This package will
provide a concise summary of the issues
leading to declining amphibian population as well as teaching strategies,
activities, population assessment tools
and audiovisual materials to be used in presenting these issues to school
age children across the country.
Amphibian Alert! will also be made available to all informal and classroom
educators who wish to incorporate this

information into their educational activities.

Educational Broadcasting Corporation - $145,500
Caroline Crumpacker, 450 W. 33rd St., New York, N.Y. 10001

Wild TV
"Wild TV" is a 13-week, half -hour televison series to engage children 8 to
12 years of age in an exploration of
nature in the world around them.  "Wild TV" takes the students straight to
the environs they know best--city
streets, suburban ponds, rooftops, parking lots and backyards--to find out
what's actually going on there
ecologically.  The process will be facilitated by a teachers' guide, a
docents' guide for outdoor settings, a Web
component and workshops for educators.  The series will explore community
issues vis-a-vis terrain, air, water, flora and fauna.  It will be broadcast
in every state in the Fall of the year

2000.  Outreach materials will also be disseminated to thousands of young
people.  The entire series may
  ultimately be packaged for dissemination to libraries, community centers,
schools and related venues.  The
National Science Foundation and various nonprofit groups are also funding
this project.


Environmental Education Council of Ohio - $125,685
Deb Wandala, 397 W. Myrtle Ave., Newark, Ohio 43055

Ohio Infrastructure for Success
This project implements Ohio's strategic plan for environmental education.
The goal is to build capacity in Ohio
for environmental education by expanding upon existing collaborative efforts
to create both a leadership network
and a programmatic infrastructure that will foster long-term grassroots
initiatives.  This goal will be achieved
through six objectives: 1) expand and coordinate leadership by establishing
a statewide steering committee and
interagency governmental council  2) establish an environmental education
center to develop programmatic
infrastructure, 3) use marketing strategies to increase awareness about
environmental education, 4) develop and
adopt guidelines for best practices, 5) establish an environmental education
research consortium to coordinate
research efforts, and 6) assess the availability of environmental education
for preservice and in service


National Energy Foundation - $74,000
Christian Scheder, 5225 Wiley Post Way, Suite 170, Salt Lake City, Utah

Living Wise    	    	
The National Energy Foundation was created to develop and distribute
educational materials to schools and other
institutions to teach about the links between energy, water, technology and
conservation.  The "Living Wise"
project, through a partnership of public and private agencies, will reach
students and their parents in Denver,
Colorado and the surrounding area. The project demonstrates the virtues of
ecological management for sustainable
living and long-term prosperity. "Living Wise" combines carefully designed
classroom instruction and debate with a
variety of hands-on projects families can undertake at home.  Hands-on
experience is highly reinforcing and it
elicits new attitudes and behavior, and thus can generate lifelong
commitment to responsible stewardship of natural
resources.  The target group is fifth and sixth grade students.  In addition
to classroom activities, students will
enter contests, use an interactive website, and play a 3-Dimensional CD-ROM
game that explores conservation method.


State of Vermont Department of Public Service - $150,000
Tom Franks, 112 State St., Drawer 20 Montpelier, Vt. 05620-2601

Vermont Multi-Agency Environmental Education Project
The Building Education for Sustainable Society (BESS) project will develop
place-based environmental education that
is fully integrated with traditional academic programs in Vermont.  Drawing
upon and amplifying a rich array of
existing informal initiatives, the project uses the entire state as a
classroom and laboratory.  Students will
learn how natural systems function, and the effect of mankind upon
ecosystems.  The students will develop the
powers of observation and analysis required of responsible citizens in a
global environment.  As part of this two
year program, environmental educators will work with teachers to create a
core ecological curriculum that embraces
basic concepts in math, science, technology and sustainability.


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