Phyllis Cohen Stevens
Deputy Director of News Services
EPA GRANT FOSTERS ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP IN NYC
New York, NY - April 5, 2006 -- Queens College wants more New York City students to get their hands dirty while learning about the environment, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is helping with a $50,000 grant. The funding will expand the College’s use of the nationally-renowned Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program to bring hands-on science into schools across the city and foster an appreciation for the environment. Teachers and students in 20 schools in the Bronx and Queens will benefit from an EPA educational grant
check EPA presented today to Queens College of the City University of New York by Bill Sanders, Interim Director of EPA’s Office of Children’s Health and Environmental Education and Alan J. Steinberg, EPA Regional Administrator.
ENVIRONMENTALLY SPEAKING…The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded Queens College’s GLOBE NY Metro program almost $50,000 to help expand environmentally based education – the largest environmental education grant given by the EPA in this region. Pictured left to right: Peter Schmidt, Queens College GLOBE Director of Teacher Training; Alan Steinberg, EPA Region 2 Administrator; Bill Sanders, EPA Office of Children’s Health and Environmental Education Interim Director; Carol Conslato, Director of Queens Public Affairs – Con Edison, another generous supporter of the GLOBE program; and Queens College President Dr. James Muyskens.
“By encouraging the students to practice science, not just learn about theory, GLOBE engages kids’imaginations and makes them excellent future stewards of the environment,” said Alan J. Steinberg, EPA Regional Administrator. “It also makes kids citizens of the world as they network with other GLOBE participants from around the globe.”
Bill Sanders added, “This project will help fire up the imaginations of our future environmental scientists and equip our citizenswith an understanding of the impact of their choices on the world around them.”
Queens College faculty will train 80 teachers to carry out scientific age-appropriate studies on the environment using the kinds of instruments that engage kids, such as Global Positioning System receivers. Students will use their school neighborhoods and local parks as open-air labs and share their observations with scientists and other students around the world via GLOBE’s Web site.
"We are proud of our long partnership with the GLOBE program,” said Queens College President James L. Muyskens. “I am very gratified that the EPA values our ongoing work with science teachers and has awarded us this educational grant. For Queens and Bronx students who think that their surroundings are just concrete and asphalt and isolated from nature, this grant is particularly important because it will give them a broader knowledge of the urban environment and of science in general.”
Queens College of the City University of New York was founded in 1937 and offers a liberal arts curriculum with over 100 undergraduate and graduate programs and a variety of specialized honors programs. Located on a beautiful 77-acre campus in Flushing, the college enjoys a national reputation for its liberal arts and sciences and pre-professional programs. Queens College’s 17,000 students come from more than 140 nations, speak scores of languages and create an extraordinarily diverse and welcoming environment. Queens College’s Web site is http://www.qc.cuny.edu/
EPA’s environmental education grants are awarded annually through a competitive process at the regional and national level. Environmental education grants focus on environmental career development, improving teaching skills, education reform, community and health issues and increasing the ability of educational organizations and agencies to deliver environmental education programs. For more information go to http://www.epa.gov/enviroed/grants.html.