Protecting the Health of Older Adults by Improving the Environment
Nineteen Organizations Receive Grants to Address Environmental Health Threats to Older Persons
Nineteen organizations will share $492,180 in EPA Aging Initiative grants to better understand how to reduce the environmental health hazards associated with older persons. The 19 award recipients include state and local health and environmental offices, regional councils of governments, universities and community colleges, a community foundation and non profit aging-related organizations. Each recipient will receive between $18,900 and $25,000 over a one-year period. The grants will help educate older adults about environmental health issues; train older adults to be environmental stewards in their communities; foster intergenerational projects that address environmental risks; and enhance environmental health and quality of life through smart growth strategies targeting improved air and water quality. These grants are part of EPA's larger effort to protect the health of older adults, who may be more susceptible to environmental hazards, through its Aging Initiative. The Aging Initiative encourages civic engagement to recognize and reduce environmental hazards in their communities.
The following is the list of the states and award winners.
|By State||By Organization|
District of Columbia
|Aging Atlanta, Atlanta Regional Commission
Alliance for Healthy Homes
Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments
Comprehensive Health Education Foundation
Denver Regional Council of Governments
Family Services, Inc.
International City/County Management Association (ICMA)
Keokuk County Extension Service
Kirkwood Community College
Land-of-Sky Regional Council
Legacy Leadership Institute, The Wildlife Trust of North America Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center
Les Cheneaux Watershed Council
Lifewise Community Projects, Inc.
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Pacific Institute Collaborative on Healthy Air
Partners for Livable Communities
San Francisco City and County, Department of the Environment
Temple University, Center for Intergenerational Learning
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Federal Register Notice of April 16, 2004
Environmental Protection Agency, Office of the Administrator, Office of Children's Health Protection, Aging Initiative. Solicitation Title: Protecting the Health of Older Adults by Improving the Environment: Training, Innovation, Outreach and Educational Projects; Initial Announcement.
2005 Intergenerational Grantees
Protecting the Health of Older Adults & the Environment
Project Title: Future Water Guardians of New Hampshire
Project Location: Hampton, New Hampshire
Applicant Information: LifeWise Community Projects, Inc.
Type of applicant: Non-Profit
Total Budget Requested: $25,000.00
Brief Summary: The grant will allow LifeWise’s Future Water Guardians of New Hampshire to recruit and train older adults to increase the number of Environmental Education Teams, and to broaden the coverage of elementary and middle schools within New Hampshire.
Environmental Outcomes: The project proposes 1) to recruit and train 21 older adults to be volunteer environmental leaders and educators, 2) create three new educational teams that will serve additional counties; 3) conduct 80 presentations in the middle schools reaching 1,380 students on pollution prevention and source water protection.
Marjorie Buchanan, Director
Legacy Leadership Institute for the Environment
Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center
500 Discovery Lane, P.O. Box 519
Grasonville, MD 21638
Phone is 410-829-2862.
Project Title: Legacy Leadership Institute for the Environment
Project Location: Grasonville, Maryland
Applicant Information: Legacy Leadership Institute, The Wildlife Trust of North America Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center
Type of Applicant: Non-Profit
Total Budget Requested: $24,970.00
Brief Summary: The Wildlife Trust of North America CBEC, in partnership with the University of Maryland Center on Aging, is developing the Legacy Leadership Institute for the Environment (LLIE), bringing the time and talents of older adults to environmental conservation, restoration, and habitat protection. The project strives to simultaneously provide (a) meaningful lifelong learning and civic engagement opportunities for 20 older adults, (b) enhance the capacity of environmental centers through volunteer leadership and service, and (c) foster greater environmental awareness and stewardship in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.
Environmental Outcomes: The project will train at least 20 older adults who will commit to one-year of volunteer stewardship following the training and field experience. This will include (a) conserving, protecting and improving the health of the Chesapeake Bay through service in the participating environmental centers, (b) training youth in environmental health and stewardship, (c) serving on the Legacy Leadership Council to help guide the direction and activities of the Institute, and (d) helping to plan and conduct future classes and serve as field experience mentors for the Legacy Leadership Institute.
Marilyn B. Wood
Managing Director, Full Circle Theater, Center for Intergenerational Learning
1601 N. Broad Street, Room 206
Philadelphia, PA 19122
215 204 9386 (phone)
215 204 3195 (fax)
Project Title: Environmental Health Coaches Program
Project Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Applicant Information: Center for Intergenerational Learning, Temple University
Type of Applicant: State Controlled Institution of Higher Learning
Total Budget Requested: $24,662.00
Brief Summary: The project will mobilize older adults from low-income neighborhoods in Philadelphia to educate elementary school children about environmental hazards that endanger community health. A corps of 15-20 older adults will be recruited from neighborhoods that have been identified as having the highest rates of asthma and diabetes to serve as Environmental Health Coaches. The older adult participants will engage in a 12-week training program designed to increase their knowledge about the effects of environmental hazards on public health, enhance their ability to utilize the arts to effectively educate children, and build their skills as community leaders. They will then work with teachers at 3-5 area elementary schools to engage approximately 140 children in a series of workshops intended to increase their knowledge about environmental triggers for chronic health conditions and help them develop action steps to protect themselves, their families, and their communities.
Environmental Outcomes: The project expects to recruit and train 15-20 older adults from low-income Philadelphia communities targeted by the STEPS for a Healthier Philadelphia Initiative to become Environmental Health Coaches. The Center for Intergenrational Learning will prepare a 12-week curriculum training program at Temple University which will focus on the relationship between environmental hazards and chronic diseases using interactive and artistic techniques that have been successful in working with young children in skill development in areas of community assessment and public speaking. Approximately 150 elementary school students will be involved in workshops designed to raise awareness of environmental hazards and increase their understanding of steps they can take to protect themselves from these toxicants.
Chippewa/East Mackinac Conservation District
2847 Ashmun St.
Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783
Project Title: Eastern Upper Peninsula Water Guardian Program
Project Location: Eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan
Applicant Information: Les Cheneaux Watershed Council
Type of applicant: Non-Profit
Total Budget Requested: $25,000.00
Brief Summary: The Chippewa/East Mackinac Conservation District (C/EMCD) proposes to build the capacity of older adults in the eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan to serve as leaders of their rural communities in the monitoring and protection of water quality. With broad participation from numerous public and private sector entities, C/EMCD will serve as coordinating body to develop and implement a self-sustaining program to protect the health of older Americans and their families. This project will leverage significant contributions from public educational institutions, non-profit organizations, and older residents of the eastern U.P, resulting in a volunteer-based network of skilled and knowledgeable ‘Water Guardians’ with the technical support to assess, communicate, and protect ground and surface water quality.
Environmental Outcomes: The Water Guardians will produce essential baseline information to assist local, state and federal regulators monitor water pollution levels in the region.
Keokuk County CEED
102 E. Washington
Sigourney, Iowa 52591
Project Title: Keokuk County Pollution Program
Project Location: Keokuk County, Iowa
Applicant Information: Keokuk County Extension Service
Type of applicant: State Controlled Institution of Higher Learning
Total Budget Requested: $24,917.00
Brief Summary: The Project will teach youth and senior adults about pollution with special emphasis on water pollution and quality. The program incorporates senior adults throughout the curriculum both learning and teaching children about pollution and methods of prevention and control. The project’s goal is for senior adults to learn by teaching and by interacting with friends, and to take what they have learned and use it to improve their health and the health of the community.
Environmental outcomes: The project plans to train 25 older adults who will in turn train youth at summer camps. At least 54 homebound older adults (who are) will have their wells and septic systems evaluated for water pollutants such as nitrates, e- Coli and a "to be determined" pesticide.