SETAC Globe - Environmental Quality Through Science
 
  9 May 2013
Volume 14 Issue 5
 

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SETAC North America Earth Day Grant Winner Supports Kids at the Boise WaterShed Earth Day Celebration

Jodi Mohs-Davis, 3M Environmental Lab, Chris Ivey, U.S. Geological Survey

Earth Day project

Earth Day and World Environment Day serve to increase awareness of important environmental quality issues including sustainable development, water resources, energy, recycling and waste reduction, green economy, conservation and biodiversity, and environmental education. Many of these issues are within SETAC's mission.

Earth Day project

Something new and exciting this year is an Earth Day event grant that was awarded by the SETAC North America Education and Short Course Committee. This year’s winner was Norka E. Paden of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Environmental Health Education and Assessment Program (EHEAP). Paden shares her Earth Day experience and photos from the event:

Earth Day project

“EHEAP, in collaboration with the City of Boise, won the SETAC Earth Day grant. The grant funded the purchase of three environmental education kits for children and a booth activity at the Boise WaterShed Earth Day Celebration on 20 April 2013. The three educational kits include books, puppets, games, DVDs and toys about fish food chains, water quality and air quality. These kits were displayed at the EHEAP booth on Earth Day and are now available for checkout at the Boise WaterShed library year round. In addition to the educational kits, the grant also funded the materials for participants, with the help of EHEAP staff, to make safe and affordable “green cleaning supplies” for their homes. Thanks to the SETAC grant, 55 children were able to make green cleaners for their homes and 130 children and adults were able to interact and learn about the environmental education topics. EHEAP and the City of Boise look forward to families checking out the kits for additional learning opportunities throughout the year.”

Earth Day project

Even though the Earth Day celebrations for this year are now over, keep in mind that World Environment Day is coming up on 5 June. We want to find out what you are doing so that we can share your ideas and experiences with all SETAC members and help build momentum for a strong SETAC presence on future Earth Day and World Environment Day events. Please share your information on the Earth Day and World Environment Day group page on the SETAC website, or email it to us and we'll take it from there. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

Authors’ contact information: jmohs-davis@mmm.com; civey@usgs.gov

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