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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 2021 Earth Day Grant Program.  GFLAWMA will be awarding one or more grants, each worth up to $750, in honor of Earth Day 2021.  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 2020 – April 22, 2021.

For more information please review the Application

Applications must be submitted to the Education Committee Member:  Stephanie ReynoldsSmith, Email: stephanie.reynoldssmith@stantec.com.  Applications are due February 26, 2021.

Congratulations to our 2020 Earth Day Grant Winners!

We applaud these organizations for finding creative ways to adapt to the current pandemic situation and further environmental education in our community.

Soil Super-Powers

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

Summary: The Cornell Cooperative Extension Monroe County 4-H Youth Development is implementing a Soil Super-Powers program. This program will be run by the Monroe County Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H youth Development Team and will include soil-based lessons and creative art STEM concepts. This program will be offered as a lesson for several months from July through December (in summer learning programs and classroom programs in Monroe County Schools and afterschool programs). This program will increase students/children environmental awareness and consciousness through learning, creating and observing and allows participants to increase their technical knowledge skills through identifying different soils, reading maps, analyzing data and observing the components of soil. 

Check out this news article on the Soil Super-Powers program! 

Wall-E and Me: Reducing Waste at Marcus Whitman and Beyond

Organization Name: Marcus Whitman Envirothon Club

Summary: This project is driven by the School’s Envirothon Club.  The Club will be holding an event to educate young students and their families on how to reduce plastic waste.  The event will include showing of the movie Wall-E (students grades 3-5) followed by a discussion regarding garbage, recycling, composting and review of the three-bin-system.  Other components to this project include: Eco-brick making, introduction/explanation of the TREX plastic recycling in high school for use in elementary school, and terracycle boxes for candy and snack wrappers.  Our funding will go to the eco brick wooden dowels and the terracycle boxes.

Library Composting

Organization Name: Stevens Memorial Community Library

Summary:  The Stevens Memorial Community Library has always wanted to start an organic, outdoor composting project.  After purchasing the bin with the grant funds, they would host programs in the library for students, children, staff and adults, to educate them about the benefits of composting, as well as how to do it the right way.  Potential future programs (i.e. developing gardening to use the compost—at the library or in association with the Attica Central School District, local municipalities and organizations), continual demonstrations and visibility would be benefits of the project.

Earth Day Family Fun Night

Organization Name: Wyoming County Youth Bureau

Summary: The Wyoming County Youth Bureau is hosting an Earth Day Family Fun Night. The event will be held for one night in April will and include a series of activities that promote long-term and short-term environmental knowledge. Participants will learn about natural and renewable resources that are locally available to them. Activities for the event include learning about the water cycle, making honey bee habitats, learning about the life cycle of trees, learning about renewable resources, learning about plastic in our environment, making a flower seed bomb, making a windmill craft, learning about creating and implementing solar energy and several others. Children at this event will learn different steps that can be taken to improve their daily environmental operations. This event will help children implement change by leading through example through sustainable activities with a better environmental understanding. 

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.

The status of the 2021 DEC Summer Camps is currently under review by NYSDEC. 

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