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EPA Provides Major Environmental Education Grant in Puerto Rico $70,000 grant awarded to Universidad del Turabo

Release Date: 07/17/2012
Contact Information: Terry Ippolito, 212-637-3671,

(New York, N.Y.) The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded a grant to support an important environmental education project in Puerto Rico. EPA awarded $70,000 to enable the Universidad del Turabo in Gurabo, PR to work with junior high school students and teachers in developing webpages focusing on their local environment.

“EPA is happy to provide $70,000 to support the work of 30 science teachers in Puerto Rico to sharpen their video imaging and web training and develop websites to teach young people and adults how their everyday actions can improve the environment,” said Judith A. Enck, EPA Regional Administrator.

Specifics of the grant are as follows:

Universidad del Turabo, Gurabo, PR $70,000

The university’s “Teachers and Community Harboring Environmental Vigilance of the Island Stewardship “ program will engage thirty junior high science teachers in field trips, hands-on experiences, workshops and symposia focusing on critical local environmental issues. The program will then provide the educators with professional development of video imaging skills needed to produce web pages on local environmental issues. The web pages will correlate with the Puerto Rico Department of Education’s Environmental Science Curriculum.

EPA’s local and nationwide educational programs promote environmental stewardship and support excellence in environmental education. Since 1992, EPA has funded over $55 million in environmental education grants to support more than three thousand projects across the country. Agency partnerships, including with the National Environmental Education Foundation and the Environmental Education Training Partnership, have given thousands of formal and non-formal educators the skills and knowledge needed to teach students of all ages about safeguarding the environment.

More information about EPA’s environmental education programs and a link to sign up for future environmental education grant announcements can be found at

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