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Catholic Charities of Summit County Receives Education Grant from Ohio EPA
Nearly 2,000 Cuyahoga, Lorain, Medina, Portage and Summit county students will learn about pollinator species and native prairie restoration with help from a $5,000 Ohio EPA Education grant to Catholic Charities of Summit County at Camp Christopher.
Camp Christopher has land suitable for a wet meadow habitat. The camp will use the education grant to restore native plants and improve habitat for pollinator species. The camp will support these efforts by using its own funds and donations to build a boardwalk that will serve students as they study the important role of pollinators. Smaller gardens will be created to demonstrate to students how to create pollinator habitat at their own schools.
Eight grants were issued statewide for a total of $35,614. The Ohio Environmental Education Fund provides grants each year for environmental education projects serving kindergarten through university students, the 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 July 10, 2017, and applications are due no later than July 17, 2017. Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact the Ohio Environmental Education Fund online 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.