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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Jose Mourinho only interested in football after videos of him are released

first_img “I’m going to treat your bosses the same way they treat me. No respect, no respect. “And I’m not speaking about football. Football I’m ready to accept any kind of criticism, even the stupid ones. “Private life and stupid things that you bring to light, I don’t like it. So we go to a different level of professional relationship.” The footage shows Mourinho being unhappy with the approach of the teenagers. A Chelsea spokesperson said: “We’ve noted the two recent stories concerning Jose being filmed on mobile phones. “While Jose understands the laws pertaining to filming in public places, the two teenagers in question followed him from his home for 20 minutes and constantly interrupted a private phone call, which he and the club believes goes beyond the grounds of reasonable behaviour. “Jose has always spoken warmly of the public reception he receives in London, but both Jose and the club consider these last two instances as overly intrusive. “We also note the allegation of intimidation in those stories, which Jose strongly refutes and which his legal representatives will continue to monitor closely.” Press Association The 52-year-old Portuguese is frustrated that phone camera footage of two teenagers following him through west London – something Chelsea described as “overly intrusive” – was widely reported this week. “You don’t get from me good and funny headlines,” Mourinho said at his media conference ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash at West Ham. The Premier League champions sit 12th in the table after nine games, having belatedly recorded a third win by beating Aston Villa last Saturday. That was followed by a goalless Champions League draw at Dynamo Kiev, but Mourinho is uncertain if Chelsea are now climbing from their lowest point of the season. “I don’t know. I just know that the team was always together, the players were always together,” Mourinho added. “The players were man enough to assume responsibility and to say even publicly some of them that they were feeling responsibilities in their individual poor start. “Statistics are very clear for us. As an example, we conceded six goals as a consequence of isolated individual mistakes. “But the team was always together. We’ve got two important results, three points in the Premier League after two matches without a victory and against a direct rival for qualification in the Champions League (Dynamo) we got a point away and the chance in 15 days to play against them. “The mood improves with results and people are happy.” Eden Hazard, Chelsea’s leading performer last term, was dropped against Villa, but returned to the starting XI in Ukraine. Mourinho declined to say if the Belgium playmaker would start at Upton Park, but merely spoke about his contribution at Dynamo after demanding an improved work ethic. “I don’t know (if Hazard will start),” said Mourinho, who has the same squad as he had for Tuesday’s game, so Pedro and Loic Remy remain out. “He played the last match and played for 90 minutes and he was part of the compact team that kept that clean sheet. “I’m happy with his contribution against Dynamo and that’s it.” West Ham have made a fine start to sit fourth under Slaven Bilic, a manager Mourinho admires. “As a coach, I like (him) a lot,” Mourinho added. “Since the Croatian national team period to Besiktas and now to West Ham, I have a very good image, idea, about him. “As a person, I don’t know him very well, but I have the feeling that we could be friends.” Despite the troubled start to the season, Mourinho insists Chelsea are “not afraid to lose”. “Premier League is 38 matches, lots of points. You lose today, you try to win tomorrow,” he added. “At this moment in the Premier League we are not afraid to lose matches. We are going to play normal.” Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has vowed to focus on football after taking exception to media reporting of two incidents on a London street.last_img read more

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Artists discuss role of holocaust testimonies in art

first_imgSeveral artists showed videos and  performed Tuesday at the Witness and Responsibility conference to explore artists’ responses to Holocaust testimonies and to create new, informative art.Testimony · Stephen Smith, director of the USC Shoah Institute, spoke about art and history at the Association of Jewish Theatres conference. – Emily Tat | Daily TrojanThe event, sponsored by the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education, was part of the Association for Jewish Theatre’s four-day international conference, Reflecting and Shaping a Shifting World.Shony Braun, a Holocaust survivor, played a violin emphatically in a short video clip.He had previously played the song years before, when a Dachau officer threatened to kill him with a metal rod inches from his head if he did not play a song. He had never played this particular song, but he had pried a violin from the hands of a fallen prisoner and proceeded to play famous classical piece “The Blue Danube.”Braun’s powerful testimony is one of nearly 52,000 acquired and archived by the Shoah Foundation, according to Stephen Smith, director of USC Shoah.“These survivors have a very real, conscious sense of what their story could mean,” Smith said. “The question that lingers is that of history versus story: How do we become tellers?”Stacie Chaiken, an adjunct faculty member at the USC School of Theatre, said she spent months poring over USC Shoah’s 105,000 hours of written and video-taped testimonies from Holocaust survivors before writing her performance piece titled “Next Year in Jerusalem.”“We have the opportunity as artists to help shape perception,” Chaiken said. “We want to process this information and bring forth something that can shed light, can transform perception. Art’s role is to transform history into something that can change someone’s connection to that material.”Comedian Betsy Salkind said humor can play a pivotal role in conveying difficult themes. Though she is aware there is always the potential for upsetting portions of her crowd when she presents delicate material in a lighthearted manner, Salkind said that is one of the purposes of comedy.“I like the comedic approach,” Salkind said. “It allows [artists] to talk about things that must otherwise be really upsetting,” Salkind said. “A comedian’s role is to take problems and show [audiences] these faults.”There is often the misconception that Holocaust survivors have been silent about their experiences during World War II, Smith said.“People commonly believe that these survivors remained silent for 50 years,” Smith said. “But if you look at the mass of unpublished work of people who were told that the world ‘wasn’t interested in World War II,’ you realize these survivors weren’t silent. They were silenced.”Chaiken said the Shoah Foundation’s visual history archives and the Doheny Memorial Library’s and Von KleinSmid Center’s Library’s collections of written and visual Holocaust and genocide testimonies are important resources for students and artists.“[These genocides] are not something from the past because they continue to happen again and again. There are places still in danger,” said Chaiken.Kyungseo Min, a freshman majoring in theatre, said artists play an important role in portraying positive events in Jewish history.“Jewish history is marked by such negative things, and I really want to learn more about the brighter side through the theater aspect,” said Min.last_img read more

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O’Sullivan not dwelling on Cork’s loss to Tipp last year

first_imgO’ Sullivan says Cork aren’t dwelling on last season’s loss. Cork senior hurling Selector Diarmuid O’ Sullivan says that if they look back at last year’s game against Tipperary, they’ll never move forward.The rebels got a measure of revenge in the National Hurling League this year, but the Premier will be looking to make up for that defeat.The two sides face off again in the Munster Senior Hurling Quarter Final on Sunday week in Semple Stadium. Photo © Tipperary GAAlast_img

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