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Intergenerational Environmental Stewartship


Winners of Building Healthy Communities for Active Aging: Training and Demonstration Projects

Training Grant: Univeristy of Maine | Demonstration Grant: Portland State University

Training Grant: University of Maine

Project Title:Maine Senior Environmental Leadership Corps
Project Location: State of Maine
Applicant Information: University of Maine Center on Aging  Link to EPA's External Link Disclaimer
Type of Applicant: State University of Higher Learning
Total Grant:$100,000
Project Summary: The University of Maine Center on Aging proposes to develop a statewide summit for older adults who would like to learn more about smart growth and influence smart growth development activities within their own communities. The Senior Environmental Leadership Corps, the first of its kind in Maine, will provide leadership and civic engagement training with a special focus on environmental stewardship and smart growth planning to older adults. Elders will be nominated as delegates by municipal, county and state governments; and adult education, volunteer, and social service organizations to represent their geographic regions in an intensive skills building and leadership development summit focused on forward-thinking environmental planning that will improve environmental and health outcomes for citizens of all ages. Delegates will take the skills and knowledge they gain from the summit and implement action plans in their own communities with support from the Center and its many partners. Monitored by an expert advisory board, the project will provide on-going delegate support, showcase the accomplishments of delegates through a variety of communication strategies, and secure funds to sustain the program into the future.

Project Coordinator:
Jennifer Crittenden, M.S.W.
Research Associate
UMaine Center on Aging
Camden Hall
25 Texas Avenue
Bangor, Maine 04401-4324
Principal Investigator:
Lenard W. Kaye, D.S.W., Ph.D.
Director, UMaine Center on Aging
Professor, UMaine School of Social Work
Camden Hall
25 Texas Avenue
Bangor, Maine 04401-4324

Final Report (PDF) (79 pp, 9.83MB)

Demonstration Grant: Portland State University

Project Title: Demonstrating the Benefits of Sustainable Streets for Active Aging
Project Location:
Portland, OR
Applicant Information: Portland State University, Center for Urban Studies  Link to EPA's External Link Disclaimer
Type of Applicant: Public /State Controlled Institution of Higher Education
Total Grant: $100,000

Project Summary: Portland State University proposes to demonstrate the benefits of Green Streets for Active Aging. The project plans to build on their ground-breaking work in the area of green streets and active living by demonstrating how green streets or sustainable streets contribute to the well-being of a community, including the physical and mental health of older and younger adults as well as along with the environment and economy. The project will include a survey of residents in two neighborhoods with green street features and two control neighborhoods. There will also be an environmental assessment of the green street treatments and an analysis of housing values.  The project will be guided by an Advisory council of members of various stakeholder organizations and representing different types of expertise. Members will include representatives of the city of Portland’s Bureau of the Environmental Services and Office of Transportation, Multnomah County Aging and Disability Services (the local area agency on aging), Elders in Action, (a statewide advocacy group for elders), AARP Oregon, and the neighborhood associations of the four study neighborhoods.

Principal Investigators:

Margaret B. Neal, Ph.D.
School of Community Health
Director, Institute on Aging
e-mail: nealm@pdx.edu
phone: 503-725-5145
Jennifer Dill, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning (USP)
Director, Center for Transportation Studies
e-mail: jdill@pdx.edu
phone: 503-725-5173
Mailing address for both:
PO Box 751
Portland, OR 97207-0751

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Winners of Prudent Disposal of Unwanted Medications

Area Resources for Community and Human Services (ARCHS)

Project Title: Regional Excess Medication Disposal Service (RxMEDS)
Project Location: St Louis Metro region (4 counties in Missouri and 1 in Illinois)
Applicant Information: Area Resources for Community and Human Services (ARCHS)
Type of Applicant: 501(c)(3)
Total Grant: $150,570

University of Maine Center on Aging

Project Title: Maine Prudent Disposal of Unwanted Medications
Project Location: State of Maine
Applicant Information: University of Maine Center on Aging
Type of Applicant: Non-profit State University
Total Grant: $150,000

Final report please go to www.safemeddisposal.com  Link to EPA's External Link Disclaimer

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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.

Making a Difference for the Environment and the Health of Older Adults:
Training, Innovation, Outreach and Educational Projects
By State By Organization
  • California
  • Colorado
  • District of Columbia
  • Georgia
  • Iowa
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • New Hampshire
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • Texas
  • Washington
  • 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.

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