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Ohio EPA Awards Environmental Education Grant to The Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
More than 450 students from kindergarten through second grade will benefit from a five-month program for elementary teachers through Ohio State University. The Kindling Investigation and Discovery in Science and Social Studies program will provide professional development to 20 teachers and help them integrate Ohio’s learning standards in science and social studies.
The program adapts lessons from and expands Project Wild’s Growing Up Wild early childhood curriculum to address Ohio’s learning standards in science and social studies, as well as math and English language arts.
The project is being funded in part with a $46,521 Ohio EPA grant awarded to Ohio State University, College of Education and Human Ecology – Ohio Resource Center. Seven grants were awarded statewide for $261,183. The Ohio Environmental Education Fund provides funding each year for environmental education projects serving kindergarten through university students, the general public and the regulated community.
Eligible grant recipients include environmental groups, public and private schools, colleges and universities, trade or professional organizations, businesses and state and local governments. Letters of intent for the next grant round are due to Ohio EPA no later than Jan. 8, 2016, and applications are due no later than Jan. 15, 2016. Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact the Ohio Environmental Education Fund on the web or at (614) 644-2873 to discuss project ideas.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. Since then, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling.