Kansas City, Kan. -- EPA Region 7 has awarded Iowa Public Broadcasting an environmental education grant totaling $25,308. This is one of six grants being awarded to schools, universities and organizations in the Agency’s four-state region to fund the development of new environmental education projects. The execution of these environmental education projects will further EPA’s commitment to protecting human health and the environment.
“Educating our communities on environmental issues is crucial to creating a safe and healthy environment for children to learn and grow,” said Karl Brooks, regional administrator. “The diversity of the proposals selected shows the commitment of the people of Region 7 to producing and sustaining a healthy environment.”
Iowa Public Broadcasting will use this grant to provide professional development to 100 middle school science teachers in rural areas. This project will also assist teachers with instructional skills to engage students in problem-solving learning in the classroom. Five courses will be offered over a two-year period and will address issues of science, technology, engineering and mathematics education.
The Environmental Education Grant program provides seed money for new projects and assistance to advance existing projects. The projects increase public awareness of environmental issues and provide the skills to take responsible actions to protect the environment.