Governor Tom Corbett today announced that he is awarding
$334,074 in environmental education grants to 92 schools, universities, non-profit
organizations and conservation districts across Pennsylvania.
"Education is the basis for fact-based environmental protection," Governor Corbett
said. "On Earth Day and every day, I am pleased to support efforts aimed at
increasing environmental awareness and protection through learning."
Grant recipients will use the funding for various initiatives, including farm field
days, summer camps, exploratory learning activities, professional development, soil
testing exercises and explanatory signage along watersheds. Through these
initiatives, students, teachers, farmers and others will learn about a variety of
environmental issues ranging from rain barrels, stormwater management and
hydroponics in agriculture, to Marcellus Shale and the Chesapeake Bay, among
The grant program was established by the Environmental Education Act of 1993,
which mandates setting aside five percent of the pollution fines and penalties the
Department of Environmental Protection collects annually for environmental
education in Pennsylvania.