Ninety-five schools, universities, nonprofit groups and conservation districts will receive more than $382,000 in environmental education grants for projects that will educate Pennsylvanians about issues such as renewable energy, water conservation, air quality and climate change.
The grant program was established by the Environmental Education Act of 1993, which mandates setting aside 5% of the pollution fines and penalties that the state Department of Environmental Protection collects annually for environmental education in Pennsylvania.
Part of the grant money will help teachers conduct workshops and develop curricula on alternative energy.
Recipients of the grant include the following:
– Forbes Road Career and Technology Center will receive $7,500 to develop a renewable energy curriculum and implement a wind and solar energy training system with online monitoring;
– Carlisle Area School District will receive $3,000 for students to participate in educational programs and activities about wind and solar energy, alternative transportation fuels and green building practices; and
– McKeever Environmental Learning Center will receive $2,895 to establish a Web-based monitoring system to educate students, teachers and the general public about wind and solar energy applications.