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EPA awards $20,000 grant for teacher summit

Release Date: 01/28/2010
Contact Information: Roy Seneca, 215-814-5567

(PHILADELPHIA – January 28, 2010) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded a $20,000 environmental education grant to Rivanna Conservation Society in Charlottesville, Va. to support a teacher watershed summit.

The summit connects teachers with professionals from diverse academic backgrounds for a full day of interaction and discussion of environmental issues in education. This conference is designed to provide teachers with useful activities and approaches to engaging students with the environment.

“The more students are conscientious and concerned about environmental issues, the more likely they are to be better stewards of the environment,” said Shawn M. Garvin, administrator for EPA’s mid-Atlantic region. “This summit is a great opportunity for teachers and experts to get together and come up with new ideas to engage students in environmental learning activities.”

Since 1992, EPA has provided more than $2.5 million annually to local organizations and schools nationwide including about $3.5 million in 2009. These grants fund education programs of nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and governmental agencies supporting a wide range of environmental issues for citizens of all ages.

Visit to find out more about EPA’s environmental education grants and online resources for communities, educators, and children.