Pennsylvania Governor Ridge Announces Environmental Education Grants; Funding to Help Develop Tomorrow's Environmental Stewards

Apr 23, 2001, 01:00 ET from Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

    HARRISBURG, Pa., April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- Just
 one day after Earth Day, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge today announced 37
 Environmental Education Grants, totaling nearly $300,000, to promote
 environmental stewardship and awareness across the Commonwealth.
     "I am pleased to announce this investment in Pennsylvania's future -- our
 children," Gov. Ridge said.  "By supporting environmental education, we
 develop tomorrow's environmental stewards."
     This year, the grants will help fund projects that cover teacher training
 on Pennsylvania's new Academic Standards for Environment and Ecology, land-use
 education, acid mine drainage education, watershed education, and general
 environmental education.
     With this grant round, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
 will have awarded $3.1 million for the expansion and support of environmental
 education since the creation of the Environmental Education Grants Program.
     Environmental Education Grants of up to $10,000 are made available to
 school districts, private schools, intermediate units, colleges, county
 conservation districts and nonprofit groups with education and conservation
 missions.  The program is funded by setting aside 5 percent of the fines and
 penalties collected by DEP.
     Applications for the 2002 Environmental Education Grants will be available
 in June.
     "These grants, along with the nearly $650 million investment in the
 `Growing Greener' program, will mean a cleaner, greener Pennsylvania for our
 children to inherit," Gov. Ridge said.
     Last Thursday, April 19, Gov. Ridge marked Earth Day by announcing more
 than $30 million in grants for 340 recreation and conservation projects in 63
 counties statewide -- to protect open space; to support community parks and
 recreation; to enhance greenways; and to convert rails-to-trails.  The grants
 are made possible, in part, through "Growing Greener" -- the state's
 largest-ever environmental investment.
     At an event just outside Latrobe, Westmoreland County, Gov. Ridge was
 joined by golf legend Arnold Palmer to announce one of the grants -- $500,000
 to save 26 acres of open space from development by creating the Winnie Palmer
 Nature Reserve.
     More information about the Environmental Education Grants Program is
 available by contacting the Environmental Education and Information Center at
 (717) 772-1828 or by visiting the PA PowerPort at www.state.pa.us or DEP
 directly at www.dep.state.pa.us, or by sending an email to stitel@state.pa.us.
     To see and hear how environmental education is making a difference in
 Pennsylvania, visit www.GreenWorks.tv.
 
     NOTE:  The following is a list of grant recipients by county.
 
                         ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION GRANTS
 
     ALLEGHENY
     -- West Jefferson Hills School District -- $10,000 to provide teacher
 training on the Pittsburgh Voyager environmental science curriculum.  The
 Voyager module will be taught to 5th grade students.  Students will then
 complete a river ecosystems study onboard a Voyager vessel.
     -- The Rachel Carson Homestead -- $10,000 to develop a video on Rachel
 Carson's early life and a teacher's guide for its use.  The proposal includes
 a teacher training session.
     -- Group Against Smog and Pollution (GASP) -- $1,501 to develop and offer
 an air quality workshop for teachers from Allegheny County.
 
     BEAVER
     -- Riverside Beaver County School District -- $9,100 to compile water
 quality data from the Connoquenessing Creek, involving 150 sixth- graders and
 three science teachers.  Data will be compared with Seneca Valley High School
 students doing similar activities 10 miles upstream.
 
     BRADFORD
     -- Bradford County Conservation District -- $6,260 to conduct six summer
 day camps for youth ages 9-12.  Participants will maintain a journal assessing
 learning objectives with a focus on natural resource management in the county.
 
     BUCKS
     -- Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve Association Inc. -- $3,558 to develop
 and facilitate a workshop for senior high teachers that explores the
 environmental impacts of diminishing native plant diversity and increased
 populations of invasive plant species.
     -- Bucks County Audubon Society -- $8,475 to offer "2001 Birds and Habitat
 in the Classroom" program for teachers.  The program will include evaluation
 of the teacher's use of the workshop materials after the workshop.
 
     BUTLER
     -- Seneca Valley School District -- $8,489 to compile water quality data
 from the Connoquenessing Creek and compare data with Riverside Middle School,
 conducting similar activities 10 miles down stream, providing a "message in a
 bottle" association.
     -- Glade Run Lutheran Services -- $9,996 for St. Stephens Lutheran Academy
 to train teachers in Project Wet and Project Learning Tree.  Curriculum
 writing will integrate state mandated Environment and Ecology Standards.
 Students will be involved in field learning experiences in the region.
 
     CARBON
     -- Weatherly Area School District -- $8,013 to develop a student-based
 curriculum on the Black Creek watershed.  Teachers will complete Project Wet
 workshop, develop lessons and activities.  Students from grades 7-12 will
 analyze the water quality of Black Creek.
 
     CENTRE
     -- The Pennsylvania State University -- $9,991 for Penn State Schuylkill
 Campus to develop and facilitate a teacher in-service focused on environmental
 contamination and involved social processes.
 
     CLINTON
     -- Clinton County Conservation District -- $4,913 to facilitate a series
 of workshops with follow-up field trips.  The focus will be on nonpoint source
 pollution and solutions to some of the problems associated with it.  The
 workshops will be offered to the farming community and others.
 
     CRAWFORD
     -- Penncrest School District -- $10,000 to purchase water chemistry and
 aquatic life modules for use in teacher in-service training at the French
 Creek Outdoor Learning Center.  Teachers will then implement the modules for
 7th-12th grade students.
 
     CUMBERLAND
     -- Capital Area Intermediate Unit -- $10,000 to adapt two curricula,
 Penn's Woods and Penn's Waters, to special needs students in grades 9-12.
 
     DAUPHIN
     -- Council for Public Education -- $9,961 to develop lesson plans and
 teacher training to support the Pennsylvania Bureau of Geologic and Topologic
 Survey.
     -- Pennsylvania Chemical Industry Education Foundation -- $10,000 to
 produce a secondary school laboratory recycling and risk reduction guide for
 teachers.  The program also establishes an industry-mentoring program for
 secondary chemistry teachers.
     -- Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg -- $1,450 for Trinity High School
 to develop Geographic Information System (GIS) teaching applications that
 reflect environmental problems and issues in the community.  Teachers will be
 trained in the use of Arc View GIS software.
     -- Harrisburg School District -- $9,977 for Downey Elementary School to
 provide in-service training for grades 5-7 teachers in Project Learning Tree,
 Project Wild and Project Food Land and People.  Students will participate in
 field learning experiences with a focus on watersheds and wetlands.
 
     DELAWARE
     -- Ridley School District -- $10,000 to develop an integrated curriculum
 unit designed to facilitate the understanding of "green" energy production.
 Grades 5, 7, 9 and 12 will focus on sustainability issues.  There will be an
 Alternate Energy "Green" Symposium.
 
     ERIE
     -- Benedictine Sisters of Erie Inc. -- $10,000 for its Glinodo Center to
 expand the Earth Force Program, "Community Action and Problem Solving," by
 recruiting new teachers.
 
     LANCASTER
     -- The New School of Lancaster -- $6,105 to develop curriculum, activity
 binders and kits for teachers to conduct activities at Hopeland Farm on
 watersheds, wetlands, agriculture, environmental health, ecosystems and the
 effects of human interaction with the environment.
 
     LAWRENCE
     -- Wilmington Area School District -- $3,204 to develop a profile of the
 Little Neshannock watershed; compile and analyze data including chemical,
 physical and biological characteristics at a designated site; and identify
 potential environmental impacts on the watershed.
     -- Lawrence County Conservation District -- $5,778 to facilitate three
 workshops that will address watershed issues in the county.  Local teachers
 and pre-certification teachers will be trained in Project Wet, Wonders of
 Wetlands and Food, Land and People.
 
     LEBANON
     -- Lebanon County Conservation District -- $3,440 to design and implement
 a three-day agricultural awareness camp for grades 3-8.  The camp will address
 Environment and Ecology Standards relating to "Agriculture and Society."
 
     MERCER
     -- Greenville Area School District -- $9,978 for East Elementary School to
 provide in-service workshops on Project Wild, Project Learning Tree and WOW
 for 4th-6th grade teachers, as well as improve the outdoor classroom area to
 accommodate learning experiences.
     -- Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV -- $9,975 to develop and facilitate a
 comprehensive environmental education workshop for teachers in Butler,
 Lawrence and Mercer counties.
     -- Mercer County Conservation District -- $9,881 to facilitate a 5-day
 agricultural educational workshop for teachers.  Major components will be
 Food, Land and People training, agricultural Best Management Practices and
 field learning at Munnell Run Farm.
 
     MONROE
     -- East Stroudsburg School District -- $4,750 to develop a "Local Resource
 and Land use" unit, complete with lesson plans, resource lists and field trip
 outlines.  They will facilitate teacher training, and will implement the unit
 in their ES II classes.
 
     MONTGOMERY
     -- Norristown Zoological Society -- $10,000 to develop and facilitate a
 teacher workshop on biological diversity.
 
     NORTHUMBERLAND
     -- Northumberland County Conservation District -- $9,640 to coordinate
 three Project Wild and three Project Wet workshops for K-12 educators.  The
 workshops will focus on the integration of the state Environment & Ecology
 Standards.
 
     PHILADELPHIA
     -- The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education -- $10,000 to offer a
 summer institute for School District of Philadelphia teachers on how to
 incorporate and combine the state Environment and Ecology standards and the
 district's service learning requirements and give mini-grants.
     -- Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Education Center Inc. -- $10,000 to
 develop and facilitate a teacher-training program that includes designing
 community action projects that assist in meeting Philadelphia School District
 service learning requirements.
 
     UNION
     -- Union County Conservation District -- $6,115 to develop an oral
 component to be added to the state Envirothon competition.  The oral component
 will be a town meeting simulation where students are asked environmental
 impact questions by a panel of judges acting as town supervisors.
 
     WASHINGTON
     -- Intermediate Unit 1 -- $8,143 to provide teacher training in Project
 Wild Aquatic as part of the state Environment and Ecology standards and give
 one IU credit and 30 ACT 48 hours for their participation.
     -- Peters Township School District -- $6,705 to in-service teachers in
 preparation of field teaching.  Students will collect and interpret water
 quality data from a local wetland providing filtering and buffering of acid
 mine drainage.
 
     WESTMORELAND
     -- Pennsylvania Cleanways -- $4,400 to offer teacher training in
 recycling, anti-litter and renewable/non-renewable resources.
     -- Saint Vincent College -- $9,620 to conduct teacher workshops on acid
 mine drainage and wetlands, using their on-campus wetlands designed to treat
 acid mine drainage.  An acid mine drainage and wetlands curricular supplement
 will be developed.
 
     CONTACT:  Darlene Crawford, Deputy Press Secretary of Pennsylvania
 Department of Environmental Protection, 717-787-1323.
 
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SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
    HARRISBURG, Pa., April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- Just
 one day after Earth Day, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge today announced 37
 Environmental Education Grants, totaling nearly $300,000, to promote
 environmental stewardship and awareness across the Commonwealth.
     "I am pleased to announce this investment in Pennsylvania's future -- our
 children," Gov. Ridge said.  "By supporting environmental education, we
 develop tomorrow's environmental stewards."
     This year, the grants will help fund projects that cover teacher training
 on Pennsylvania's new Academic Standards for Environment and Ecology, land-use
 education, acid mine drainage education, watershed education, and general
 environmental education.
     With this grant round, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
 will have awarded $3.1 million for the expansion and support of environmental
 education since the creation of the Environmental Education Grants Program.
     Environmental Education Grants of up to $10,000 are made available to
 school districts, private schools, intermediate units, colleges, county
 conservation districts and nonprofit groups with education and conservation
 missions.  The program is funded by setting aside 5 percent of the fines and
 penalties collected by DEP.
     Applications for the 2002 Environmental Education Grants will be available
 in June.
     "These grants, along with the nearly $650 million investment in the
 `Growing Greener' program, will mean a cleaner, greener Pennsylvania for our
 children to inherit," Gov. Ridge said.
     Last Thursday, April 19, Gov. Ridge marked Earth Day by announcing more
 than $30 million in grants for 340 recreation and conservation projects in 63
 counties statewide -- to protect open space; to support community parks and
 recreation; to enhance greenways; and to convert rails-to-trails.  The grants
 are made possible, in part, through "Growing Greener" -- the state's
 largest-ever environmental investment.
     At an event just outside Latrobe, Westmoreland County, Gov. Ridge was
 joined by golf legend Arnold Palmer to announce one of the grants -- $500,000
 to save 26 acres of open space from development by creating the Winnie Palmer
 Nature Reserve.
     More information about the Environmental Education Grants Program is
 available by contacting the Environmental Education and Information Center at
 (717) 772-1828 or by visiting the PA PowerPort at www.state.pa.us or DEP
 directly at www.dep.state.pa.us, or by sending an email to stitel@state.pa.us.
     To see and hear how environmental education is making a difference in
 Pennsylvania, visit www.GreenWorks.tv.
 
     NOTE:  The following is a list of grant recipients by county.
 
                         ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION GRANTS
 
     ALLEGHENY
     -- West Jefferson Hills School District -- $10,000 to provide teacher
 training on the Pittsburgh Voyager environmental science curriculum.  The
 Voyager module will be taught to 5th grade students.  Students will then
 complete a river ecosystems study onboard a Voyager vessel.
     -- The Rachel Carson Homestead -- $10,000 to develop a video on Rachel
 Carson's early life and a teacher's guide for its use.  The proposal includes
 a teacher training session.
     -- Group Against Smog and Pollution (GASP) -- $1,501 to develop and offer
 an air quality workshop for teachers from Allegheny County.
 
     BEAVER
     -- Riverside Beaver County School District -- $9,100 to compile water
 quality data from the Connoquenessing Creek, involving 150 sixth- graders and
 three science teachers.  Data will be compared with Seneca Valley High School
 students doing similar activities 10 miles upstream.
 
     BRADFORD
     -- Bradford County Conservation District -- $6,260 to conduct six summer
 day camps for youth ages 9-12.  Participants will maintain a journal assessing
 learning objectives with a focus on natural resource management in the county.
 
     BUCKS
     -- Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve Association Inc. -- $3,558 to develop
 and facilitate a workshop for senior high teachers that explores the
 environmental impacts of diminishing native plant diversity and increased
 populations of invasive plant species.
     -- Bucks County Audubon Society -- $8,475 to offer "2001 Birds and Habitat
 in the Classroom" program for teachers.  The program will include evaluation
 of the teacher's use of the workshop materials after the workshop.
 
     BUTLER
     -- Seneca Valley School District -- $8,489 to compile water quality data
 from the Connoquenessing Creek and compare data with Riverside Middle School,
 conducting similar activities 10 miles down stream, providing a "message in a
 bottle" association.
     -- Glade Run Lutheran Services -- $9,996 for St. Stephens Lutheran Academy
 to train teachers in Project Wet and Project Learning Tree.  Curriculum
 writing will integrate state mandated Environment and Ecology Standards.
 Students will be involved in field learning experiences in the region.
 
     CARBON
     -- Weatherly Area School District -- $8,013 to develop a student-based
 curriculum on the Black Creek watershed.  Teachers will complete Project Wet
 workshop, develop lessons and activities.  Students from grades 7-12 will
 analyze the water quality of Black Creek.
 
     CENTRE
     -- The Pennsylvania State University -- $9,991 for Penn State Schuylkill
 Campus to develop and facilitate a teacher in-service focused on environmental
 contamination and involved social processes.
 
     CLINTON
     -- Clinton County Conservation District -- $4,913 to facilitate a series
 of workshops with follow-up field trips.  The focus will be on nonpoint source
 pollution and solutions to some of the problems associated with it.  The
 workshops will be offered to the farming community and others.
 
     CRAWFORD
     -- Penncrest School District -- $10,000 to purchase water chemistry and
 aquatic life modules for use in teacher in-service training at the French
 Creek Outdoor Learning Center.  Teachers will then implement the modules for
 7th-12th grade students.
 
     CUMBERLAND
     -- Capital Area Intermediate Unit -- $10,000 to adapt two curricula,
 Penn's Woods and Penn's Waters, to special needs students in grades 9-12.
 
     DAUPHIN
     -- Council for Public Education -- $9,961 to develop lesson plans and
 teacher training to support the Pennsylvania Bureau of Geologic and Topologic
 Survey.
     -- Pennsylvania Chemical Industry Education Foundation -- $10,000 to
 produce a secondary school laboratory recycling and risk reduction guide for
 teachers.  The program also establishes an industry-mentoring program for
 secondary chemistry teachers.
     -- Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg -- $1,450 for Trinity High School
 to develop Geographic Information System (GIS) teaching applications that
 reflect environmental problems and issues in the community.  Teachers will be
 trained in the use of Arc View GIS software.
     -- Harrisburg School District -- $9,977 for Downey Elementary School to
 provide in-service training for grades 5-7 teachers in Project Learning Tree,
 Project Wild and Project Food Land and People.  Students will participate in
 field learning experiences with a focus on watersheds and wetlands.
 
     DELAWARE
     -- Ridley School District -- $10,000 to develop an integrated curriculum
 unit designed to facilitate the understanding of "green" energy production.
 Grades 5, 7, 9 and 12 will focus on sustainability issues.  There will be an
 Alternate Energy "Green" Symposium.
 
     ERIE
     -- Benedictine Sisters of Erie Inc. -- $10,000 for its Glinodo Center to
 expand the Earth Force Program, "Community Action and Problem Solving," by
 recruiting new teachers.
 
     LANCASTER
     -- The New School of Lancaster -- $6,105 to develop curriculum, activity
 binders and kits for teachers to conduct activities at Hopeland Farm on
 watersheds, wetlands, agriculture, environmental health, ecosystems and the
 effects of human interaction with the environment.
 
     LAWRENCE
     -- Wilmington Area School District -- $3,204 to develop a profile of the
 Little Neshannock watershed; compile and analyze data including chemical,
 physical and biological characteristics at a designated site; and identify
 potential environmental impacts on the watershed.
     -- Lawrence County Conservation District -- $5,778 to facilitate three
 workshops that will address watershed issues in the county.  Local teachers
 and pre-certification teachers will be trained in Project Wet, Wonders of
 Wetlands and Food, Land and People.
 
     LEBANON
     -- Lebanon County Conservation District -- $3,440 to design and implement
 a three-day agricultural awareness camp for grades 3-8.  The camp will address
 Environment and Ecology Standards relating to "Agriculture and Society."
 
     MERCER
     -- Greenville Area School District -- $9,978 for East Elementary School to
 provide in-service workshops on Project Wild, Project Learning Tree and WOW
 for 4th-6th grade teachers, as well as improve the outdoor classroom area to
 accommodate learning experiences.
     -- Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV -- $9,975 to develop and facilitate a
 comprehensive environmental education workshop for teachers in Butler,
 Lawrence and Mercer counties.
     -- Mercer County Conservation District -- $9,881 to facilitate a 5-day
 agricultural educational workshop for teachers.  Major components will be
 Food, Land and People training, agricultural Best Management Practices and
 field learning at Munnell Run Farm.
 
     MONROE
     -- East Stroudsburg School District -- $4,750 to develop a "Local Resource
 and Land use" unit, complete with lesson plans, resource lists and field trip
 outlines.  They will facilitate teacher training, and will implement the unit
 in their ES II classes.
 
     MONTGOMERY
     -- Norristown Zoological Society -- $10,000 to develop and facilitate a
 teacher workshop on biological diversity.
 
     NORTHUMBERLAND
     -- Northumberland County Conservation District -- $9,640 to coordinate
 three Project Wild and three Project Wet workshops for K-12 educators.  The
 workshops will focus on the integration of the state Environment & Ecology
 Standards.
 
     PHILADELPHIA
     -- The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education -- $10,000 to offer a
 summer institute for School District of Philadelphia teachers on how to
 incorporate and combine the state Environment and Ecology standards and the
 district's service learning requirements and give mini-grants.
     -- Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Education Center Inc. -- $10,000 to
 develop and facilitate a teacher-training program that includes designing
 community action projects that assist in meeting Philadelphia School District
 service learning requirements.
 
     UNION
     -- Union County Conservation District -- $6,115 to develop an oral
 component to be added to the state Envirothon competition.  The oral component
 will be a town meeting simulation where students are asked environmental
 impact questions by a panel of judges acting as town supervisors.
 
     WASHINGTON
     -- Intermediate Unit 1 -- $8,143 to provide teacher training in Project
 Wild Aquatic as part of the state Environment and Ecology standards and give
 one IU credit and 30 ACT 48 hours for their participation.
     -- Peters Township School District -- $6,705 to in-service teachers in
 preparation of field teaching.  Students will collect and interpret water
 quality data from a local wetland providing filtering and buffering of acid
 mine drainage.
 
     WESTMORELAND
     -- Pennsylvania Cleanways -- $4,400 to offer teacher training in
 recycling, anti-litter and renewable/non-renewable resources.
     -- Saint Vincent College -- $9,620 to conduct teacher workshops on acid
 mine drainage and wetlands, using their on-campus wetlands designed to treat
 acid mine drainage.  An acid mine drainage and wetlands curricular supplement
 will be developed.
 
     CONTACT:  Darlene Crawford, Deputy Press Secretary of Pennsylvania
 Department of Environmental Protection, 717-787-1323.
 
                     MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT -  Click Here
                http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X78266519
 
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