Because EPA pays them.
Today’s EPA media release is below.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Tuesday, May 31
EPA Awards Environmental Education Grants in 26 States
(WASHINGTON) – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the completion of grant awards under the 2015 Environmental Education (EE) Grants Program. EPA will award grants under the 2016 EE Grants Program later this year.
Projects address a range of topics and audiences, including tribal middle school education in Washington, watershed literacy in Montana, urban agriculture in Oklahoma, teacher training in Louisiana, green infrastructure in Ohio, and EE in community colleges in New England.
The agency funded 35 grants from organizations in 26 states. Grants range from approximately $36,000 to $192,000, for a total of approximately $3,306,600 million. A full list of recipients is at the bottom of this release. Summaries of each project are available at http://www2.epa.gov/education/environmental-education-ee-grants.
Since 1992, EPA has distributed between $2 million and $3.5 million in grant funding per year, for a total of approximately $68 million supporting more than 3,600 grant projects. This highly competitive grants program supports EE projects that increase public awareness about environmental issues and provide participants with the skills to take responsible actions to protect the environment. The program provides financial support for projects that design, demonstrate or disseminate environmental education practices, methods or techniques.
To learn more about the grant winners, or to apply for future EE grant competitions, visit http://www2.epa.gov/education/environmental-education-ee-grants.
2015 Grant Awardees by State
Alaska Songbird Institute
Alaska Swallow Monitoring Network – Fairbanks and Native Villages, Alaska
Energy Efficiency to Mitigate Climate Change & Ocean Acidification
Monterey Bay Aquarium Foundation
Watsonville Area Teens Conserving Habitats (WATCH)
The Energy Coalition*
Tuolumne River Preservation Trust
Water Ways: An Environmental Education Pathway Towards Water Literacy in Stanislaus County
EForce – Earth Force Inc
New Haven Ecology Project, Inc.
Florida Gulf Coast University
Creating Learning Experiences and Addressing Needs of Watersheds and Aquifers Through Entrepreneurial Research (CLEAN WATER)
Friends of the Teton River, Inc.
Teton County WaterWise Initiative – Driggs, Idaho
Board of Education City of Chicago 299: Service Learning Initiative Environment Program*
Calumet Is My Back Yard (CIMBY)
Wichita State University and the Environmental Finance Center
Careers in Water Stewardship
Kentucky Association for Environmental Education
Addressing Climate Literacy through Concerted Community-based Initiatives
University of New Orleans
Headwater to the Delta Connection in Louisiana
Community Colleges for Environmental Stewardship
Izaak Walton League of America
Creek Freaks Camps and Afterschool Program
Crafting the Landscape
Massachusetts Audubon Society
Building Climate Action Communities
Michigan State University
Teaching Science Outdoors: A Pathway to Enhancing K-5 Teacher and Student Environmental Education
Minnesota Humanities Center
Smithsonian Water Project: Minnesota Humanities Center
St. Louis University
St. Louis Ozone Gardens Project
Montana State University
Empowering Community Stewardship in the Headwaters
Montana State University
Pursuit of Educational Advancement toward Careers in Environmental Fields (PACE) for Montana Tribal College Students
The Watershed Education Network
Western Montana Place-Based Watershed Education Program
Greater Newark Conservancy
Education Programming for Newark Public Schools
Asombro Institute for Science Education
New Mexico Climate Champion
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County
Onsite Organics Diversion for Youth Camps
Using the Thanksgiving Address to Advance Environmental Literacy and Environmental Stewardship
Columbus State Community College
Green Infrastructure Educational Program
Oklahoma State University
Incorporating Water and Environmental Education into Oklahoma City Charter School Curricula
Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Healthy Planet, Healthy People Summer Camp and Community Project Incubator
Friends of the Rappahannock
Rappahannock Regional River Student Stream Team
Marine Science Consortium, Inc.
Educating for Sustainable and Resilient Communities
National Recreation and Park Association*
Creating Opportunities for Meaningful Environmental Education in Park and Recreation Out-of-School Time Programs
University of Washington Center for Conservation Biology and Indigenous Wellness Research Institute
Culture-Based Environmental Education for Tomorrow’s Tribal Leaders – Washington State
The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System*
Colaboracion Ambiental – Latino Earth Partnership
*Grant awarded by EPA headquarters.