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Region 1: EPA New England

2007 Environmental Education Grants

Maine | Massachusetts | Vermont


Maine


Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory
Grant Amount: $21,125
PO Box 35, Old Bar Harbor Road
Salisbury Cove, ME 04672

This organization is enhancing their environmental education program at the Myers Marine Aquarium which houses unique vertebrate and invertebrate marine animals and algae from Frenchman’s Bay and Gulf of Maine. An experienced marine environmental education teacher assisted by an intern conducts a needs assessment of the existing program, identify and prioritize facility or display modifications, and enhance environmental education about marine species and the marine environment, health threats from marine toxins and from pollution at swim beaches. The project educates the thousands of visitors and the community about clean water and ecosystem protection

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Massachusetts


Appalachain Mountain Club
Grant Amount: $15,000
5 Joy Street
Boston, MA 02108

AMC aims to work with almost 2,000 students, 5th – 12th grade, in New Hampshire on hands-on activities in Biological Sciences (forest ecology, watershed, wildlife, winter ecology) Earth Sciences (mountain weather, geology), and Outdoor Skills (maps & compasses, teambuilding). All programs emphasize how humans affect and are related to the natural environment. Ranging between one to five days in duration, the courses are shortened or lengthened to meet the needs of the individual schools. Journaling, observations and analysis, group discussions are used to teach the subjects in an interactive method while fulfilling state-mandated curricula requirements.

Silent Spring Institute
Grant Amount: $39,075
29 Crafts Street
Newton, MA 02458

This project educates the general public, health professionals and community leaders in Massachusetts about threats to human health from environmental pollution and provides a tool that facilitates active participation in improving health by reducing environmental exposures. The Massachusetts Health and Environmental Information System (MassHEIS) is and interactive, web-based mapping tool to allow visitors to explore how sources of pollution, indicators of environmental quality and certain health outcomes vary across Massachusetts. This organization is presenting the MassHEIS site to over 25 organizations.

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Vermont


DREAM Environmental Productions
Grant Amount: $18,800
PO Box 361
Winooski, VT 05404

This organization educates urban high school students living in affordable housing about environmental issues existing in their community. The students investigate and select environmental topics in their community. From this the students create a video on the environmental issues (i.e. water quality, green spaces) and share this with other community members. Students develop critical thinking skills and communications skills creating the video while become stewards of their community.

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