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EPA Unites Generations to Improve Environmental Health for All

Release Date: 08/23/2005
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Press Contact: Stacie Keller, 202-564-4355 /

(Washington, D.C. -- Aug. 23, 2005) Generations United is the winner of EPA's Intergenerational Environmental Health Education and Outreach Project, a $100,000 grant program that encourages generations to improve environmental health in urban and rural communities. The grant will help fund intergenerational pilot projects across the country.

Generations United focuses on improving the lives of children, youth and older persons through intergenerational strategies. It acts as a catalyst for stimulating collaboration between aging, children, and youth organizations providing a forum to explore areas of common ground while celebrating the richness of each generation.

"Thanks to our partnership with Generations United, EPA will be better able to reach young audiences and teach them about protecting the environment while simultaneously engaging older adults who are able to pass on their knowledge," said Kathy Sykes, EPA's senior advisor for the Aging Initiative Office.

With this funding, Generations United will provide small grants to address intergenerational environmental health; provide information and technical assistance to grant recipients and the public; and produce meaningful environmental results from the projects to help identify intergenerational environmental project models and practices for wider use.

"Generations United has long encouraged and supported the development of intergenerational environmental programs," said Donna M. Butts, executive director of Generations United. "This partnership will provide a unique opportunity to create more of these important programs."

Generations United represents more than 100 national, state, and local organizations and individuals representing more than 70 million Americans. Since 1986, the organization has served as a resource for educating policymakers and the public about the economic, social, and personal imperatives of intergenerational cooperation.

For more information, contact:

Kathy Sykes, senior advisor for the Aging Initiative Office at EPA
202-564-3651 or or go to:

Donna Butts, executive director for Generations United
202-289-3979 or or go to: