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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:

Scholarship Program

The Genesee Finger Lakes Chapter of the Air & Waste Management Association and the Genesee Valley Chapter of the New York Water Environment Association have partnered with RIT's Environmental Management Department for a number of years, providing $1,000 scholarships to students. Stay tuned for the 2019 Scholarship Program!

Earth Day Grant Program 

Congratulations to the 2018 Earth Day Grant Program recipients!

“Earth Day Terrariums” by the Alfred Box of Books Library. 

This project involves a week long series of activities for children to educate them about the importance of water conservation, understanding of the water cycle, and the importance of clean water. Activities will include , creating water filter sand terrariums.  Local Master Gardeners will be on site to aid in the terrarium project. For more information visit: http://alfredboxofbookslibrary.org/

“Celebrating Earth Day: The Connection between Water, Air and Me!” by the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Monroe County.
This program will take place at Ontario Beach Park on Earth Day. The main focus of this earth day program will be to provide exploratory activities to introduce the concept of conservation, connecting the health of clean air and water to personal mental and physical wellness.  The program will incorporate 3 unique activities: Creating Seed Pods, Exploring Water Health, and Appreciating Clean Air with Yoga. Activities begin at 10:00 am and will run until 12:30 pm. For more information visit: http://monroe.cce.cornell.edu/

“Earth Day Celebration at Dewitt Recreation Area” by Genesee County Parks, Recreation & Forestry.  
The program will take place on Earth Day, and includes activities like park cleanup projects, a naturalist-guided hike, crafting with common household recycled goods, and educational family wild plant games. As part of the grant, interpretive signage and trail guides of "the Sandwash" will be erected around the park.  For more information visithttp://co.genesee.ny.us/departments/parks/dewitthistory.php

“Pulp Non-Fiction: Save a Tree – Make Paper from Recycled Paper!” by the Rochester Institute of Technology-CETEMS Department. 
The CETEMS Department will be running a hands-on papermaking workshop at the Imagine RIT festival on April 28th, to promote recycling and educate consumers on how recycling paper can reduce their environmental footprint and contribute toward sustainable development.  RIT students and staff would guide participants through the process of making handmade paper from recycled materials, while illustrating how paper is made with recycled content in industrial papermaking processes. For more information visit: https://www.rit.edu/imagine/planyourday/exhibit.php?id=1965

“Building Bat Houses” by Edith B. Ford Memorial Library. 
This Project involves the construction of 12 bat houses through the Library's weekly after-school program for grades 6-8. The students will learn the importance of bats, their role in the ecosystem, and their habitat needs. The students will then use their new knowledge to construct the bat houses. The bat houses will be given away at the Library’s spring Plant Sale.  For more information visit: http://ovidlibrary.org/

Check out a video from our 2017 Grant Recipients, the FRES Treehuggers. The student group, the Treehuggers, have initiated a recycling program, Recycling Rangers, and many questions were raised by the student body about the end stage of the recycling process. The Treehuggers seek to educate the student body, and community, with a public relations campaign that includes creating a video on what happens to recyclable materials. 

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