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:
GFLAWMA is pleased to announce its 2022 Earth Day Grant Program is happening again 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.
Congratulations to our 2022 Earth Day Grant Winners!
We received 19 applications this year - such a wide variety of applicants and projects. Our sincere thanks to each organization that took the time to apply. We appreciate what you do for our community. Read on to learn about our 4 winners - and check back throughout the year to hear updates on their projects.
Village of Dresden Pocket Park
Organization Name: Cornell Cooperative Extension of Yates County
Summary: This project will replace trees lost during a storm event in 2020 as well as the design and installation a pocket park along the Keuka Outlet Trail. Two students from Keuka College will be selected to lead this project from start to finish. They will have access to Cornell Cooperative Extension staff as well as the Yates County Soil and Water Conservation District. They will make a site visit, select trees, design signage and plans for the park. This project will involve educational signage about the park (most specifically the impact of the selected trees) for Outlet Trail users to read and enjoy.
Eco-Geeks Manor School Composting Project
Organization Name: Honeoye Falls-Lima Eco-Geeks (Green Team Club)
Summary: The Eco-Geeks are the educational arm of the Honeoye Falls Lima HS’s environmental club. With this project, they propose to teach 5 or 6 classrooms of young HFL students about composting (benefits, how to, organisms involved, etc.). They Eco-Geeks will then instruct the younger students about how to get composting started at their school. The Eco-Geeks will repeat the work in the fall to keep the composting going. The funding will provide for compost bins and receptacles.
Single-Use Plastic Bottles: Usage, Barriers, and Behavioral Change
Organization Name: SUNY Brockport
Summary: This project will be conducted to study, assess, implement, and ultimately reduce the use of single use plastic beverage bottles at SUNY Brockport campus. It will consist of a series of 3 different studies that will further understand keys to reduce single use plastic bottles on campus. The first study will involve gathering technical knowledge regarding people’s barriers, rewards and costs of refillable containers verses single use. This will be done though an observational study of a focus group as well as a campus wide questionnaire that will be distributed to ~8,000 people. The second study will involve a weeklong blind water taste testing table of different water types that will also include related questions, informational posters and data regarding the topic. The third study will utilize the data collected from the first two studies to further evaluate the effectiveness of text and graphical messages in effort to decrease use of refillable drinking containers. Monitoring hydration station counters as well as recycle bin content and mixed plastics will be conducted and recorded during this study to help determine effectiveness of signage.
Water Warriors Curiosity Camp
Organization Name: Rochester Museum & Science Center
Summary: This grant will go towards a week-long camp for youth ages 9-11 yr old and covers a variety of environmental topics and activities. Camp Description: “Become a defender of our local environment as you arm yourself with knowledge and hands-on experiences in this exciting, inquiry-based camp. Explore the ecosystem of the beautiful Genesee River watershed, collect data, monitor biodiversity and water quality. Become a citizen scientist as you discover our ecosystem’s biggest threats and use cutting-edge tech and your own creativity to protect the watershed we call home.”
Thank you to the Education Committee for reviewing the applications and to the Board/Members for continuing to fund this exciting grant opportunity.
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.
We were so excited to learn that the DEC will be operating in-person camps in 2022! This year, GFL AWMA is sponsoring one student to attend the camp. We can't wait to hear how it goes! Looking forward to future in-person summer camps and sponsoring more students to attend. Please check back in the Fall to learn more for potential sponsorship opportunities in 2023!