Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Natural Biodiversity: Become An Earth Friendly School, Grant Available

Natural Biodiversity is now offering assistance through the Earth Friendly School Initiative for schools in the counties of Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Indiana, Somerset and Westmoreland.
Deadline to submit an application is 4:00 p.m. September 2.
Schools are often the leading consumers of energy and water, as well as the leading producers of waste and greenhouse gas emissions.
This assistance is available to help a school or school district “go green” by developing a Sustainability Plan with operating procedures and practices for the district’s buildings and grounds. The program will also include steps to become a Bronze Level National Wildlife Federation Eco-School, and will ensure students play an active role in greening their school.
The recipient will receive technical assistance from Natural Biodiversity along with other experienced professional partners in addressing issues such as energy and water conservation, recycling and waste reduction, local and worldwide environmental curriculum, school transportation, sustainable agriculture and food, and outdoor “green” space, along with assistance up to $1800 in project materials for project implementation.
The recipient will play a leadership role in providing a working model and demonstration site for their district and outside counterparts. A pre-requisite for selection is an agreement by the school to provide a June 2012 workshop for other school district personnel to attend, outlining the sustainability plan and implementation so other schools can learn how to “go green.”
The grant recipient will be notified around September 30. The assistance year is from October 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012.
For more information, download the formal Request for Proposals and an Information Packet on the Earth Friendly School Initiative or call Kristina Strosnider at 814-534-0204.

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