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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:

Earth Day Grant Program 

GFLAWMA is pleased to announce its 2022 Earth Day Grant Program.  GFLAWMA will be awarding one or more grants, each worth up to $750, in honor of Earth Day 2022.  The purpose of the Earth Day Grant Program is to increase environmental education through Projects that promote 1) environmental awareness and consciousness, and 2) the development of technical knowledge and skills and sustainable environmental practices.  The grant(s) will be awarded approximately one month prior to Earth Day - April 22, 2022.

For more information please review the Application

Applications must be submitted to the Education Committee Chair:  Laura Best, Email: Laura.Best@stantec.com, Tel: (585) 413-5327.  Applications are due February 28, 2022.

Congratulations to our 2021 Earth Day Grant Winners!

We received 21 applications this year! Thank you to each of the organizations who applied - we appreciate what you do for our community. Read on to learn about our 4 winners.

Monitoring the Health of Silver Lake - Zooplankton Monitoring

Organization Name: PAgES Group - Perry High School

Summary: Silver Lake is a small, eutrophic lake located in Wyoming County. The project was started in 2018 with the goal to engage students in authentic learning experiences focusing on local science phenomena using novel and state of the art technology. Through partnerships with community organizations and collaboration with several local universities, the PAgES (Perry Agriculture and Environmental Sciences) Group has begun a monitoring program of Silver Lake. Currently, the group does water quality measurements and monitoring, maps the data, maintains a public website, and presents to community organizations.  Receipt of this grant allowed them to purchase equipment to more effectively monitor the health of the lake’s ecosystem.

Composting for Earth, Plants and the Future

Organization Name: Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wayne County

Summary: This project is driven by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wayne County.  The organization will be hosting educational how-to videos on home composting along with three participant check ins with a Master Gardener.  The project will begin with an initial take home compost kit for the participants to assemble. Participants will weigh their kitchen food scraps for one week and will be checked in with a Master Gardner for question, concerns and survey results a total of three times throughout three months. Full participation in the entire program will enable the participants the change to win a kitchen scrap collection pail (5 total). 

Environmental Awareness Educational Kits

Organization Name: Cornell Cooperative Extension of Monroe County: 4-H Youth Development

Summary:  This project will consist of distributing educational take-home kits to 40 students from 4th – 6th grade beginning on Earth Day, April 22, 2021 and continuing into the end of May. The first activity will focus on removing pollutants from water including oil, food coloring, etc. Following the activity, the students will have the opportunity to reflect and answer questions related to the difficulties that they faced removing the varieties of water pollution. The second activity involves creative problem solving where the students are given recycled materials to create their own inventions to solve an environmental issue of their choosing. Again, the students will be given a chance to reflect and relate to real-world environmental issues following the activity.

Seneca Soil & Water 4-H STEAM Project

Organization Name: Cornell Cooperative Extension of Seneca County (CCESC)


This project focuses on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) with regards to soils and wetlands.  The program is administered by CCESC and programming is delivered by 4-H Youth Development and After School educators during after school programs, virtual try-it events, and Earth Day/Week programming.  There are two activities in this program. 

First is the Soil Painting – youth will make paints from different types of soils to create works of art.  A discussion will follow about soil types, their properties, and how important they are to the environment.  The NYS 4-H Soil Painting curriculum includes environmental education, art, and a great connection to geospatial science.

Second is the Wonderful Wetlands experiment, where youth will create their own wetland environment using provided supplies and observe what impact wetlands will have on introduced pollutants. The project takes on engineering and science with a focus on wetlands, soil, and the importance and benefits of healthy ecosystems

DEC Summer Camp Sponsorship Program 

The Genesee Finger Lakes Chapter Education Committee has instituted a program through which the chapter will sponsor local children to attend the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (“NYSDEC”) Environmental Education Summer Camp Program.  The AWMA sponsorships are open to children who will be between the ages of 11 and 17 at the time of the Summer Camp.

We are so excited to learn that the DEC will be operating in-person camps in 2022! GFL AWMA will once again be sponsoring students to attend the camp. The application is available here and is due February 11th; Camp registration is March 6th.

DEC Summer Camp Website

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