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

For more information please review the Application

Applications must be submitted to the Education Committee Co-Chair:  Laura Best, Stantec, 61 Commercial Street Suite 100, Rochester NY 14614-1009 US , Email: Laura.Best@stantec.comTel: (585) 413-5327.  Applications are due March 2, 2020.

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. 

Sustainable Seneca

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.

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.

Please email completed applications to GFL A&WMA Education Chair at Laura.Best@stantec.com by December 31, 2019!

NYSDEC Environmental Education Camp Sponsorship Application.pdf

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