Governor Wolf Announces 79 Projects to Receive DEP Environmental Education Grants

first_imgGovernor Wolf Announces 79 Projects to Receive DEP Environmental Education Grants SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Education,  Environment,  Press Release,  Results Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that 79 projects statewide are receiving almost $1.2 million in Environmental Education Grants from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in 2017.“Through the DEP Environmental Education Grants, Pennsylvanians of all ages gain knowledge of the natural world, appreciation for the importance of a healthy environment, and an understanding of the need for environmental protection and sound resource management,” said Governor Wolf.Projects addressing water education and climate change were prioritized. In addition, reflecting DEP’s renewed focus on environmental justice, the grants for the first time include funding for activities that educate, empower and enable disadvantaged communities to participate meaningfully in environmental and public health issues.“A healthy environment isn’t a luxury good. These environmental justice projects reflect the importance of ensuring that all Pennsylvanians, especially those who’ve historically been disenfranchised, are informed about decisions and actions that affect their environment,” said DEP Acting Secretary Patrick McDonnell, speaking at an April 21 event hosted by award recipient Capitol Region Water.Thirty-one environmental justice projects received grants totaling more than $500,000.This year’s awards reflect other new developments in the grants program: For the first time, general grants of up to $50,000 were awarded to projects with a broad or statewide focus, in addition to traditional mini-grants of up to $3,000. Twenty-six general grants and 53 mini-grants were awarded.A new online e-grants system helped streamline the application process. The system was developed by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and deployed by DEP through the Governor’s Office of Transformation, Innovation, Management and Efficiency (GO-TIME).Several organizations in the Harrisburg area that received grants attended the event, including Central Pennsylvania Conservancy, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Dauphin County Cooperative Extension, and Londonderry and Susquehanna Townships. A classroom of 10 students who’ll benefit from the grant to Capitol Region Water’s K2Career Pipeline programming participated, adding plants to the company’s rain garden.The Environmental Education Grants Program was established by the Environmental Education Act of 1993, which mandates setting aside 5 percent of the pollution fines and penalties DEP collects annually for environmental education in Pennsylvania. In its 24-year history, the program has funded more than $11 million in environmental education grants. April 21, 2017 2017 Environmental Education Grant Awardees by County:AdamsStrawberry Hill Foundation, Inc.:  Environmental Literacy and College & Career Preparedness for Rural Students ($16,500)Upper Adams School District: Fifth Grade Environmental Education Camp ($3,000)Allegheny Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy: Sustainable “Freedom Garden” Teaches All of Us ($50,000)West Virginia University Research Corporation: Three Rivers Quest REACH 4Schools ($49,934)Growth Through Energy and Community Health Strategies: Green Playce Ambassadors ($49,400)Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium: Invasive Species and Ecology Zoo U. Course ($3,000)Allegheny Land Trust: Watering Your Garden of Knowledge—Bringing Project WET to Early Learners ($3,000)Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Educators: Healthy Water, Healthy People Across PA ($3,000)Pittsburgh Filmmakers, Inc: Urban Eco-Art Camp ($2,996)School District of Pittsburgh: Trout in the Classroom ($2,952)Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse: Creative Environmental Field Trips ($2,863)Beaver Church Army USA: Solar-Powered Aquaponic Hoophouse in Aliquippa ($3,000)BerksAlbright College: Albright Sustainability Commons: A Center of Intergenerational Learning ($3,000)Blair County of Blair—Historic Fort Roberdeau: Pollinator/Rain Garden Demonstration Model ($1,840)BucksBucks County Audubon Society: Head Start Science Enrichment ($3,000)Friends of Silver Lake Nature Center: Watershed Education ($3,000)Butler Western Pennsylvania Conservancy: Eye Con: Summer Conservation Education Opportunities in Western Pennsylvania ($48,837)North Hills School District: Environmental and Ecology Mini-Units ($3,000)CarbonSchuylkill Headwaters Association: Legacy Anthracite Coal Mining Awareness and Remediation Tour ($3,000)Centre ClearWater Conservancy: Central PA WATER Project ($49,987)Pennsylvania State University: Public Awareness Campaign on Residential Wood Stove Technologies and Wood Smoke Reduction ($47,905)Chester Ridley School District: Test the Waters ($3,111)Green Valleys Association of Southeastern PA, Inc.: Explore Your Watershed Environmental Awareness Club at Two Middle Schools ($2,861)ClearfieldDuBois Area School District: Sandy Lick and Cold Water Conservation for Future Generations ($2,715)ClintonPennsylvania Institute for Conservation Education: Wildlife Leadership Academy ($41,292)ColumbiaColumbia County Conservation District: Columbia County Climate Change Education ($3,000)CrawfordAllegheny College: Creek Connections 2017–2018 ($3,000)Cumberland Central Pennsylvania Conservancy: Goddard Leadership Legacy Institute, 2017–2018 ($23,020)DelawareRadnor Township: Radnor Citizen Science Water Quality Monitoring Project ($3,000)DauphinCapitol Region Water: K2Career Pipeline ($48,032)Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Inc.: Polluted Runoff Education in Pennsylvania DEP Environmental Justice Communities ($42,360)Jump Street, Inc.: Storm Drain Water Educational Painting ($3,000)Londonderry Township: Londonderry Township Environmental Education Workshop Series ($2,979)Susquehanna Township: Paxton Creek Watershed and Education Association Workshop Series ($2,250)ElkElk County Conservation District: 2017 Elk County Rain Barrel Workshop ($3,000)Erie Regional Science Consortium at Tom Ridge Center, Presque Isle: Mobile HAB Lab: Educating Communities in Western Pennsylvania on Harmful Algal Blooms ($50,000)School District of the City of Erie: BELONG—A Game Changer ($3,000)Mercyhurst University/Department of Public Health: “Getting Ahead of Lead” Curriculum ($2,960)IndianaIUP Research Institute: Western PA Watershed Collaboration ($44,662)Evergreen Conservancy: Indiana County GeoTrail ($3,000)JeffersonJefferson County Conservation District: Water Quality Monitoring Program and Environmental Education Events ($3,000)Brockway School District: Brockway Elementary Worm Composting ($3,000)LancasterThaddeus Stevens College of Technology: WET Rain Garden Demonstration Project ($3,000)Lancaster County Conservancy: Water Quality Volunteer Coalition Program ($3,000)LawrenceLawrence-Mercer Recycling/Solid Waste Department: Student Field Trips and Classroom Activity Kits ($3,000)Lehigh Wildlands Conservancy: Climate Change in Our Watershed ($26,823)PP&L Sustainable Energy Fund: Energypath 2017 ($5,200)Lehigh County Conservation District: Traveling Watershed Program ($3,000)LuzerneMisericordia University: Environmental Education Program Using Telemetry to Monitor Water Quality ($3,000)Eastern Pennsylvania Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation: Plains-Solomon Abandoned Mine Drainage Education Project ($3,000)McKeanPenn State University Extension, North Central Region: Hands on the Land: Engagement in Citizen Sciences ($2,650)Mercer Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV: Hazardous Household Wastes: Handle with Care ($29,620)Mercer County Conservation District: Watershed Adventure Camp ($2,954)MonroeMonroe County Conservation District: Environment and Ecology on the Delaware River ($1,208)Montgomery Let’s Go Outdoors, LLC: Green Steps Institute: A Diversity Pipeline Program for Youth ($50,000)Norristown Area School District: Watershed Outreach to Children/Access to Nature ($3,000)Upper Moreland Free Public Library: Upper Moreland Outdoor Environmental Education Project on Stormwater ($2,991)NorthumberlandKulpmont Borough: Quaker Run Stream Quality Education ($2,841)PerryGreenwood School District: EnviroGo ($2,781)Philadelphia Fund for the Water Works: Teacher Institute-Urban Watershed Curriculum ($50,000)Practical Energy Solutions: School District of Philadelphia Sustainable Energy Education for K-12 Students ($49,996)Friends of the Heinz Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum: Philly Nature Kids ($49,900)JASTECH Development Services, Inc.: Overbrook Youth Environmental Stewardship (O’YES) Program ($42,562)Holy Family University: Using the Local Environment in Urban Environmental Science Classrooms ($2,870)Mastery Charter High School: Philadelphia Water Quality Education ($2,633)Philadelphia City Treasurer, Department of Parks and Recreation: Pleasant Hill Summer Environmental Education Program for Inner City Youth ($2,357)Pike Pike County Conservation District: Solutions to Maintain Healthy Water ($3,000)PotterPotter County Conservation District: Nitrogen Management in Corn ($3,000)SnyderSnyder County Conservation District: Snyder County Rain Barrel Workshops ($2,580)Snyder County Conservation District: Selinsgrove Middle School Peer Leadership Habitat Projects ($541)SomersetShanksville-Stonycreek School District: Growing Greener at Shanksville ($3,000)TiogaTioga County Conservation District: Tioga County Pollinator Monarch Habitat Restoration Education Program ($2,990)Mansfield University: Environmental Education Day at Mill Cove Environmental Area ($2,973)Union SEDA-Council of Governments: Leased Streetlight Conversion to LED ($26,528)Merrill W. Linn Land and Waterways Conservancy: Go Native! Sustainable Gardens for Wildlife and People ($2,775)WayneLacawac Sanctuary Foundation: Pocono Lake Ecological Observatory Network: Citizen Science ($37,060)Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support of Northeastern PA: SEEDS’ 2017 Free Energy Assessment Program ($3,000)Westmoreland Saint Vincent College: Screen to Stream: Student Citizen Scientists Explore Local Watersheds Online and Outdoors ($50,000)Statewide Pennsylvania State University: Connecting Pennsylvania’s Ag Youth to Environmental Stewardship through Manure Management ($49,387)last_img read more

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Arsenal hold on to beat Palace

first_img The Gunners went ahead through an early penalty from Santi Cazorla following a trip by Pape Souare on Danny Welbeck, which the Palace bench protested had been just outside the area. Referee Mark Clattenburg and his assistant were central to another big call on the stroke of half-time when Welbeck was waved onside and Olivier Giroud netted a second from the rebound after the England forward’s shot had been blocked. Coquelin eventually went into the notebook for a late trip on Campbell as the match continued to be played with plenty of positive aggression. Arsenal doubled their lead on the stroke of half-time. Alexis Sanchez played a perfectly-weighted pass into the left side of the penalty area for Welbeck, who was adjudged onside as he ran across the Palace backline. The England forward sent in a low, angled drive, which Speroni palmed out and Giroud was alert to get to the loose ball ahead of three defenders to stab home his 50th Arsenal goal. Palace looked to make a positive start to the second half, and pushed Arsenal back as Wilfried Zaha caused problems down the right channel, forcing a string of corners before a looping header from Mesut Ozil dropped onto the top of the crossbar. The German, who has returned from a knee injury a much stronger player, broke away on 57 minutes and fed Sanchez on the overlap down the left. Arsenal’s leading scorer burst into the box and then stabbed the ball just wide of the far post, when both Welbeck and Giroud were screaming for a pass. Palace were forced into a change when Campbell limped off with what looked like a hamstring problem and was replaced by Yannick Bolasie. There was a stoppage when David Ospina went down a few minutes after the goalkeeper had come racing out of his penalty area to jump over Per Mertesacker and head a long ball clear. After some treatment for what appeared to be a back problem, play continued. Palace continued to push Arsenal back, as Dwight Gayle sent a bullet header just over before Jason Puncheon’s 20-yard free-kick curled just wide. With 15 minutes left, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, whose side host Monaco in the Champions League next week, looked to shore up the side as defender Kieran Gibbs came on for Welbeck and Ozil was replaced by Tomas Rosicky. Palace boss Alan Pardew sent on Murray for Gayle and Shola Ameobi made his debut to replace Joe Ledley. Murray saw a late close-range header saved on the line by Ospina, who was then beaten in another goalmouth scramble during five minutes of added time. Palace almost snatched a dramatic equaliser at the death as Ospina flapped at a left-wing cross, which Murray crashed against the base of the post with a flying header. Arsenal moved up to third in the Barclays Premier League with a hard-fought 2-1 win at Crystal Palace. Palace showed plenty of endeavour to try to get back into the match, and grabbed a stoppage-time consolation through substitute Glenn Murray, who then hit the post with a flying header as Arsenal held on to close out victory to climb back above Southampton, who play Liverpool on Sunday, and Manchester United, beaten at Swansea. The tone for what was a hard-fought contest was set early when Fraizer Campbell was caught on the chest by a high boot from Francis Coquelin, Arsenal’s new midfield enforcer. However, Clattenburg gave only a free-kick and no card – much to the disbelief of the Palace bench. The home management team could then not believe it moments later when Arsenal were awarded a penalty. Souare, making his Premier League debut after signing from Lille, came across to try to block Welbeck, but tripped the Arsenal forward as he darted away down the right. The initial contact looked right on the edge of the penalty area, and Clattenburg immediately pointed to the spot. Cazorla made no mistake from the spot as he sent Julian Speroni the wrong way for his seventh goal of the season. Palace looked to make an instant response, pushing Arsenal back with some direct balls into the danger area. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Los Angeles Dodgers and Anaheim Angels on collision course?

first_imgThen he reared back and unleashed one of those knee-buckling curveballs that’s left the rest of baseball helpless. “This is fun,” he said with a grin.And with those three words, the Dodgers’ ace perfectly summed up baseball in the southland at the moment. And the way things are going, perhaps for the next four months or so.From Chavez Ravine to Anaheim, the Dodgers and Angels are waging a summer-long battle of anything you can do, I can do better.The way things are looking, it might keep rolling over the next four months. The Angels and Dodgers have remained at arm’s length, but that all changes Monday when the Angels arrive at Dodger Stadium to begin a four-game series that wraps up Wednesday and Thursday in Anaheim.It’s the most meaningful Freeway Series in years.Only four teams are on pace to win 90 games this year, and the Dodgers and Angels are two of them.There is plenty of star power, with Kershaw putting together a season for the ages, Yasiel Puig a human highlight film and Mike Trout’s first three seasons comparable to Ted Williams, Frank Robinson and Mickey Mantle.It’s also left fans dreaming of an October Freeway Series. Only this time a Fall Classic seems more doable than ever.The World Series is a long way off, of course, but the fact we’re even dreaming a little bit represents a dramatic change from expectations coming into this season and just how far managers Mike Scioscia and Don Mattingly have traveled.Both came into this season sitting on hot seats, although for completely different reasons.Scioscia needed a bounce-back year in the worst way after a four-year slump. His job, essentially, was hanging in the balance.Mattingly faced a different set of issues, with the long-term commitment the Dodgers made in him and a soaring payroll turning up the heat on him.For now, at least, both have solidified their positions.It wasn’t so long ago Mattingly was frustrated by his contract situation and challenged the Dodgers at a season-ending press conference last year to either extend his contract or find someone else to manage the club.The former New York Yankee great wasn’t interested in working on a one-year deal after his 2014 option got picked up. He believed the lack of long-range commitment deprived him the hammer he needed to manage his star-studded clubhouse.The Dodgers relented by extending Mattingly for the next three years, but with commitment came expectations — especially considering the high-priced, power-packed team management entrusted him with.After easing their way into the season, the Dodgers turned things up a notch in early June and have risen to the top of the National League.Meanwhile, Mattingly is proving to be a deft handler of the array of personalities and egos inside the powder-keg clubhouse.Aside from a few early missteps — all of which were dealt with — the mercurial Puig has shown steady growth and maturity. A crowded outfield situation that could have led to resentment and hard feelings has been managed as well as can be expected by Mattingly, and by moving Matt Kemp from left field to right Mattingly created a comfort level that allowed Kemp’s offense to blossom.There’s still a long way to go, but with the rest of the NL West either vulnerable or downright bad, you get the sense Mattingly and the Dodgers will navigate their way to the postseason.And with no super teams emerging across the rest of the National League, they have just as good a chance as anyone to break through to the World Series.The Angels’ situation is more tenuous given the strength of the A’s and Detroit Tigers, but Scioscia has his team in the thick of a playoff chase.That’s saying something after three third-places finishes over the last four seasons and last year’s 78-84 record left them buried 18 games under the Texas Rangers.It’s hard to imagine owner Arte Moreno stomaching another year of discontent considering his hefty financial commitment. Another year of unmet expectations would have left Scioscia exceedingly vulnerable, no matter what he’s done over his 15 years in Anaheim.But a progressive approach to winter conditioning, specifically a pitching program that began much earlier than normal, resulted in a more fit club in spring training and to start the season.That, coupled with the maturation of some key young players, more organizational depth and a revamped bullpen propelled the Angels to a 14-12 April — a dramatic improvement from the 9-17 and 8-15 nosedives in 2013 and 2012 — and set them up for a 57-win first half.Scioscia is back on solid ground and the Angels are two games behind the Oakland A’s and securely in front in the wild-card race.Meanwhile, for the first time in five years, the Dodgers and Angels are positioned to make mutual playoff runs.If you close your eyes and allow yourself to dream a little bit, maybe, just maybe stage a long-awaited Freeway Series World Series. Clayton Kershaw grinned sheepishly, pulled off his Dodgers cap and ran a hand through his thick, blond hair.Kershaw had just put the finishing touches on a complete-game win over the Atlanta Braves Thursday to wrap up the Dodgers’ first sweep of the Braves in 24 years. It was their sixth win in a row to finish a 14-10 month of July and it pushed the Dodgers three games ahead of the second-place San Francisco Giants.Not bad for a club that trailed San Francisco by 9 1/2 games just seven weeks before.Kershaw, the driving force behind the surge while going 4-0 in July with three complete games and and an N.L.-best 1.07 ERA, struggled to find the right words to put it all in perspective.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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