Sunday, February 7, 2016

$25,000 to local environmental ed projects

The goal is to reduce environmental risks to children

$25,000 to local environmental ed projects

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Five environmental education projects have been awarded a total of $25,000 in grants from the National Nursing Centers Consortium, which in turn got the money from a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant.

“NNCC’s environmental education programs have a proven track record of reducing environmental risks that threaten the health of children and underserved communities disproportionately,” said EPA Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin at an awards ceremony last week.

And the winners (with descriptions courtesy of EPA) are:

Briar Bush Nature Center in Abington, $4,992.  Briar Bush will create a group of environmental stewards from local upper-elementary, middle and high school students to work on improving the quality of local creeks, streams and wetlands, and advocate for others in the community to get involved.

Sustainable Business Education Initiative, $5,000. A project to assist local businesses in Philadelphia with improving their environmental and social impacts.

Public Health Management Corp., $5,000.  This Eco Warrior project will promote environmental awareness and community action among 400 Philadelphia elementary school students in six Out-of-School-Time programs.

Green Treks Network, $4,500. This project will develop activities that connect polluted runoff with health threats and show how simple acts of “greening” can improve water quality.

Puentes de Salud, $4,999.50. A program designed to educate Latino immigrant families in Philadelphia about environmental hazards in the home and how to reduce their exposure to those hazards. 

“NNCC’s environmental education programs have a proven track record of reducing environmental risks that threaten the health of children and underserved communities disproportionately,” said EPA Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin.
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