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EPA AWARDS 17 ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION GRANTS IN NEW YORK STATE

 EPA AWARDS 17 ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION GRANTS IN NEW YORK STATE
 NEW YORK, June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection


Agency (EPA) announced today that it has awarded grants totalling $120,700 to 17 educational and environmental entities in New York. These grants are the first of their kind under the National Environmental Education Act (NEEA), which was signed by President Bush on Nov. 16, 1990. Nationwide, EPA awarded a total of 218 grants, with a total value of $2.4 million. EPA Region 2, which covers New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, awarded a total of $140,000 to 17 New York and four New Jersey recipients. EPA Administrator William K. Reilly said, "Education is the first step in increasing people's awareness about how their individual actions affect the environment. The more people understand, the more likely they will be to assure that their behavior contributes toward a more environmentally sound future. We very much encourage individuals and corporations to join together in public-private partnerships to foster environmental education."
 "Choosing the recipients of the environmental education grants was an educational experience in and of itself because there was such a diversity of proposed projects," said William J. Muszynski, Region 2 Deputy Administrator. "I am pleased with the overwhelming response to our call for applicants. Region 2 received 263 applications for the grants, requesting more than $3.6 million. My only regret is that we could not fulfill every request".
 Two of the New York recipients, the Brooklyn Center for the Urban Environment and the Network for Social Justice received nearly $25,000 each. The remaining 15 grants were $,000 or less.
 The Brooklyn Center for the Urban Environment in Brooklyn, N.Y., will train teachers to engage students in activities that will enable students to recognize and become engaged in solving water pollution problems. The program will include teacher training sessions, preparation for classroom activities, field trips and a newsletter for educators. The Center received $24,980 from EPA for the project. This teacher training program will enable educators to empower students to become caretakers and preservationists of the future.
 Network for Social Justice, in New York, will institute "Active Change Through Schools," an innovative program in which high risk youth become involved in organizing programs to solve local environmental problems. English, math and science skills will be integral parts of the program which will also train teachers and students in air and water testing and analysis. The project will create an environmental issues and solutions bulletin board on NYCNET, the New York City Board of Education modem network. The Network received $24,961 from EPA for this project.
 The following is a list of the other 15 recipients and the amount each was awarded:
 -- Port Washington Union Free School District, Port Washington,
 N.Y. : $3600
 -- Research Foundation Of SUNY, Albany, N.Y. : $5000
 -- American Lung Association, Albany, N.Y. : $4990
 -- Town of Cheektowaga, Cheektowaga, N.Y. : $5000
 -- Greenbelt Conservancy, Inc., Staten Island, N.Y. : $4984
 -- Ticonderoga Central School District, Ticonderoga, N.Y. : $5000
 -- Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y. : $5000
 -- County of Madison, Wampsville, N.Y. : $5000
 -- Hunters Point Community Development Corp., Long Island City,
 N.Y. : $5000
 -- Ontario County Soil and Water Conservation District, Canandaigua,
 N.Y. : $5000
 -- Cornell Cooperative Extension, Ontario County, N.Y. : $2250
 Teatown Lake Reservation, Ossining, N.Y. : $5000
 -- TST BOCES, Ithaca, N.Y. : $4900
 -- City of Rye, Rye, N.Y. : $5000
 -- Bolton Central School, Bolton Landing, N.Y. : $5000
 Information on applying for the 1993 Environmental Education Grants Program will be available in the Fall of 1992. Those interested in receiving 1993 grant information should write to Teresa Ippolito, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 26 Federal Plaza Room 905, New York, N.Y. 10278. For further information on the individual grants, please contact Ippolito at 212-264-2980.
 BACKGROUND INFORMATION
 The Environmental Education Grants Program was established by Section 6 of the National Environmental Education Act. The purpose of the program is to stimulate environmental education by supporting projects to design, demonstrate or disseminate practices, methods or techniques related to environmental education or training. Those eligible for this grants program are: tribal or local educational or environmental agencies, colleges, universities, State education or environmental agencies, non-profit organizations or non-commercial educational broadcasting entities.
 In fiscal year 1992, appropriations for Environmental Education Grants totalled $2.4 million. The nationwide total of projects funded under section 6 of the NEEA for 1992 is 218.
 Of the funds appropriated, 25 percent were designated for grants of not more than $5000. The statutory ceiling for any one grant is $250,000. The Federal share of the cost of each project is not to exceed 75 percent.
 Grant selections were administered at EPA headquarters in Washington for grant applications of more than $25,000. Each of the ten EPA Regional Offices fulfilled the same requirements for grant applications of $25,000 or less.
 On Dec. 10, 1991, a "Solicitation Notice" was published in the Federal Register and distributed to over 12,000 individuals and organizations. The notice provided details on the eligible applicants and activities as well as EPA's objectives for the grants program. Applications were due at EPA by March 9, 1992. Over 600 applications requesting approximately $65,000,000 for grants of more than $25,000 were submitted to EPA's headquarters. A total of approximately $35,000,000 in requests were received in the EPA regional offices for grants of $25,000 or less. Over $100,000,000 in applications for the environmental education funds were received in total.
 Applications were evaluated by environmental education experts from EPA and from outside the Federal government. EPA used a peer review process to evaluate the proposals at both the national and regional levels.
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 /CONTACT: Teresa Ippolito of the EPA, 212-264-2980/ CO: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ST: New York IN: SU:


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