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Friday, April 20, 2012

DEP Awards Grants for Environmental Education and Stewardship

DEP Awards Grants for Environmental Education and Stewardship

HARRISBURG -- The Department of Environmental Protection announced today it is awarding $642,835 in environmental education grants to 147 schools, universities, non-profit organizations and conservation districts across Pennsylvania.

“These grants help build the foundation for educating communities about their environmental resources and how to protect and sustainably use them,” DEP Secretary Mike Krancer said. “Teaching moments like these give all Pennsylvanians a better understanding of our beautiful state.”

Grant recipients will use the funding for various initiatives, including environmental field trips for students, implementing environmental education curriculum at schools, purchasing new recycling containers to reduce waste, developing workshops on how to build rain barrels and planting community gardens.

The grant program was established by the Environmental Education Act of 1993, which mandates setting aside five percent of the pollution fines and penalties DEP collects annually for environmental education in Pennsylvania.

For more information on environmental education, visit www.dep.state.pa.us and click “Environmental Education,” or call 717-772-1828.

Editor’s Note: North Central PA area grant recipients are listed below with the award amounts, alphabetically by county. Organizations that are marked with an asterisk (*) represent the total of two awards.

Cameron County
Cameron County Conservation District, $5,353*
Cameron County School District, $3,750

Clinton County
Trout Unlimited Inc., $3,750
Keystone Central School District, $6,234

Elk County
Elk County Conservation District , $3,000

McKean County
Beacon Light Behavioral Health Systems, $3,000
McKean County Conservation District, $3,750
Pennsylvania State University Cooperative Extension, $3,750

Potter County
Potter County Conservation District, $7,500

Warren County
Warren County Conservation District, $3,857

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