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Oregon and Washington groups awarded nearly $222,000 for Environmental Education

Release Date: 10/07/2010
Contact Information: Sally Hanft, EPA Environmental Education Grant Coordinator, (206) 553-1207, Tony Brown, EPA Public Affairs, (206) 553-1203,

(Seattle – Oct 7, 2010) As part of its ongoing effort to enhance environmental education in the Pacific Northwest, the Environmental Protection Agency has awarded nearly $222,000 for education programs in Oregon and Washington.

This funding will promote and advance environmental literacy and stewardship in the region.

Nationally, EPA awarded more than $1.5 million in grants to 14 organizations in 11 states and the District of Columbia.

These grants are awarded to local organizations, not-for-profit organizations, government agencies, schools and universities whose projects strive to increase knowledge and awareness about the environment.

The recipients are:

EE Association of Washington - $121,971

Abby Ruskey, P.O. Box 6277, Olympia, WA 98507
E3 Education for Sustainability Project
This state capacity-building grant implements the E3 (Environment, Education, and Economy) Education for Sustainable Communities Plan for the state of Washington. Through the use of an interactive website and statewide leadership clinic, EE leaders and representatives of business, media, agriculture, and other sectors are provided professional development opportunities, coordination assistance, and technical support to build collaboration among the sectors to fully implement environmental education.

Native Wellness Institute - $99,670
Jay LaPlante, 2830 SE Cleveland Drive, Gresham, OR 97080
Native Youth Environment Warriors
Targeted for Native American youth aged 13 to 18 years old and community leaders and mentors in tribal communities, this nationwide program provides training and leadership development at a 4-day Native Youth Leadership Academy. Participants in the Academy enhance their leadership skills and are provided comprehensive training and support to design and implement environmental projects within their tribal communities, and in turn, engage members of their communities in environmental stewardship projects.

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