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New Haven Organizations Get $39,945 in funding for Environmental Education Projects

Release Date: 09/22/2005
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Contact: David Deegan (, EPA Office of Public Affairs, (617) 918-1017

For Immediate Release: September 22, 2005; Release # dd050912

Two projects in New Haven, Conn. were awarded a total of $39,945 in environmental education grants, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today. The organizations are among 13 recipients throughout New England that were awarded a total of $190,000.

Selected from more than 75 applicants in New England, were chosen for the funds by EPA’s New England office.

The grants are targeted to organizations that tackle community issues, curriculum development and environmental health issues.

"Environmental education teaches our us how to create a cleaner environment for the future," said Robert W. Varney, regional administrator of EPA's New England Office. “These grants support environmental education projects that provide our future leaders with valuable programs that focus on environmental protection.”

The New Haven Ecology Project, received $5,000 to building on an earlier successful Earth Day event. Some 300 to 400 students in grades 1-4 are expected to participate in the project in which participants learn about ecosystem protection, water/air/diesel pollution, hazardous waste recycling, nutrient recycling, natural resources, and neighborhood environmental stewardship.

The Yale University/Peabody Museum of Natural History received $34,945 to partner with local schools, the National Marine Fisheries Service and the sate Department of Environmental Protection for an after-school and summer program. The program, called Gaining Early Awareness & Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, lets middle and high school students explore the natural and environmental sciences while learning about related majors and careers. Ninety students from at least six local middle and high schools will participate in the program.

For more information on the agency's education programs, visit the agency's web site at

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