EPA Announces Regional Sustainable Development Challenge Grant Winners.Business Editors
ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 1, 2000
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), independent agency of the U.S. government, with headquarters in Washington, D.C. It was established in 1970 to reduce and control air and water pollution, noise pollution, and radiation and to ensure the safe handling and announced today the selection of three innovative community and business projects for funding under the Sustainable Development Sustainable development is a socio-ecological process characterized by the fulfilment of human needs while maintaining the quality of the natural environment indefinitely. The linkage between environment and development was globally recognized in 1980, when the International Union Challenge Grant (SDCG) Program. The grants were awarded to the following organizations: Clearwater Marine Aquarium A marine aquarium is an aquarium that keeps marine plants and animals in a contained environment. Marine aquaria are further subdivided by hobbyists into fish only (FO), fish only with live rock (FOWLR), and reef aquaria. , Clearwater, Florida Clearwater is a city located in central Pinellas County, Florida, USA, nearly due west of Tampa. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 108,787; however, according to the 2005 U.S. Census Bureau's estimates, the city's population fell slightly to 108,687. ; The University of Tennessee The University of Tennessee (UT), sometimes called the University of Tennessee at Knoxville (UT Knoxville or UTK), is the flagship institution of the statewide land-grant University of Tennessee public university system in the American state of Tennessee. Center for Industrial Services, Knoxville, Tennessee “Knoxville” redirects here. For other uses, see Knoxville (disambiguation).
Founded in 1786, Knoxville is the third-largest city in the state of Tennessee, behind Memphis and Nashville, and is the county seat of Knox CountyGR6. and The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, Philadelphia, Mississippi. These projects propose to use partnership approaches to solve environmental problems in ways that meet local needs and help communities help themselves. They will assist urban and rural communities make environmentally sound planning decisions and protect and restore critical natural resources.
The SDCG program helps communities become more "livable" by solving specific environmental problems and taking steps to become better places to live, work, learn, and play. The grant awards total $4 million dollars nationwide, however this will be the final year or the SDCG Program. The program funded a total of 123 projects since its inception.
The Magnificent Mangroves -- A Sustainable Coastal Plant Recovery Project (Florida) -- $66,590 will demonstrate water quality benefits of restoring natural mangroves along Florida coast and eliminating invasive exotic species through an education project. Applicant: Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Clearwater, FL.
The Sustainable Economic Interaction within Rural West Tennessee Communities (Tennessee) -- $120k will demonstrate viability of using sawmill sawmill, installation or facility in which cut logs are sawed into standard-sized boards and timbers. The saws used in such an installation are generally of three types: the circular saw, which consists of a disk with teeth around its edge; the band saw, which waste (which is landfilled or stockpiled, sometimes in ravines) to improve low quality agricultural soils which currently must be heavily fertilized fer·til·ize
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2. to compensate for lack of organic matter. Water quality and solid waste reduction benefits are expected. Applicant: University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services, Knoxville, TN. Project site is Hardeman County.
Environmental Protection and Sustainable Economic Development (Mississippi) -- $100k proposes to protect water quality through a demonstration project that restores and expands swamp cane stands used in traditional tribal industries and damaged by local development along Pearl River. Applicant: Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, Philadelphia, MS.
For descriptions of the other new projects funded nationally go to: www.epa.gov/ecocommunity (click "Sustainable Development Challenge Grants").