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Release Date: 4/20/1995
Contact Information: Ida Tolliver, U.S. EPA, (415) 744-1581

   (San Francisco) --The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
(U.S. EPA) today announced the award of environmental education
grants totaling $10,000 to two groups from Hawaii.  Recipients of
the Agency's grants include a county agency in conjunction with
the University of New Hampshire and a zoo.  

     "We are really pleased to award these grants to
organizations educating our youth," said Felicia Marcus, regional
administrator of U.S. EPA's western region.  "If we envision an
America where pollution does not threaten the air we breathe, the
water we drink, or the communities in which we live, work, and
play, we must give these future citizens the knowledge they need
about their environment to enable them to make responsible
    The grants are awarded under the National Environmental
Education Act, and the monies will be used to support projects,
methods, and techniques related to environmental education.  Each
organization will provide matching funds for grants which will
cover a period of one to two years.  Final selections were made
after a careful review of 88 applications by an external panel
from the academic, business, and environmental communities.
    The recipients are:

     Honolulu Zoological Society, Honolulu, ($5,000) will present
16 workshops for 320 teachers to make zoo visits more meaningful
in terms of environmental conservation.  The workshops will equip
teachers to offer creative and environmentally motivated lessons
to their students in preparation for a zoo visit.

     University of New Hampshire, Durham, ($5,000) will offer a
workshop in Honolulu to increase awareness of pollution
prevention concepts among university students and faculties of
disciplines with the largest impact on the construction industry.
Co-sponsored by the Hawaii Department of Health, the workshop
anticipates attracting 100 students and 50 professors from
Architecture, Engineering, and Urban Planning Departments of the
University of Hawaii, community colleges, and private colleges in
the state.