The Genesee Finger Lakes Chapter of the Air & Waste Management Association is dedicated to enhancing environmental education opportunities of the greater Finger Lakes area. With the help of your donations, sponsorships, and memberships, we are able to contribute to the following causes:
Congratulations to our 2019 Earth Day Grant Winners!
Cafeteria Composting and Classroom Recycling
Organization Name:Churchville-Chili Middle School
Summary: The Cafeteria Composting and Classroom Recycling project is a student-led initiative to expand the composting/recycling programs from the Churchville Chili elementary school to the middle school. The funds are intended to go towards the purchase of additional new blue bins for paper recycling in the 7th and 8th grade classrooms that do not have blue bins, which is just one piece of the students’ vision to see their school become more environmentally aware. Blue bins already in place have been successful at diverting ~95% of the paper generated in the classrooms to recycling. The student team meets regularly with the Superintendent and the Director of Operations and Maintenance as a continuing effort to improve their school operations from an environmental standpoint. The students also will educate their peers through a series of video announcements and signage.
Organization Name: Cornell Cooperative Extension of Seneca County
Summary: This program will provide energy-use education to youth and adults in Seneca County through the use of energy auditing equipment. The audits will be conducted at the Seneca County schools, and students will work together to monitor energy-use, change energy-use behaviors, and reduce energy costs for Seneca County schools. The education will be provided through Cornell Cooperative Extension’s successful in-school, after-school, and 4-H Club programs including Seneca GR&EEN, (Generating Recycling & Energy Education Now). After performing building audits, participants will highlight opportunities for sustainability. Students will change the energy-use behaviors of their teachers, peers, and parents through individual action, marketing, and social pressure.
Wings’n’Things – an earth day celebration!
Organization Name: Tanglewood Nature Center and Museum
Summary: Every year Tanglewood Nature Center and Museum hosts an event to welcome the community and encourage them to engage in more environmentally friendly practices at home. Last year Tanglewood held a clean-up and added ‘Wings’n’Things’ for the community to meet live owls and hawks and take home pollinator-friendly plants and seedbombs. In addition to these activities, this year Tanglewood wants to expand their educational component by inviting community partners to table at the event and speak to event attendees about how they can improve habitat in their backyards for pollinators and native birds, and improve water and soil resources in the neighborhood. The event includes a raffle of items (a composter, hummingbird feeders, bird nest boxes) to help attendees improve their yards, as well as wildflower seedbomb making for kids to take home and throw in their yards.
Pollinators, Pollution and Your Plate
Organization Name: Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Finger Lakes Institute
Summary: This project centers around the connection between pollinators and air pollution and the role pollinators play in the environment and our food supply. Through a variety of programming, this project will educate students and the community on the importance of pollinators and conservation of pollinator habitats and overall environmental health. Programming includes planting pollinator habitats, educational workshops, and collaboration with HWS Earth Week, the campus Farmer’s Market and community Geneva Green Thumb Thursday. The grant money will go towards the pollinator patch creation, seeding party, transplant seed giveaway, children’s pollinator program, and participant recognition.