BOSTON – The Coalition for Buzzards Bay in New Bedford and the Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island were two of four regional Environmental Protection Agency grantees for education programs.
The Massachusetts group received $67,629, while the Ocean State advocacy group was awarded $38,860.
The two others sharing the total $219,094 award in New England were The Education Connection in Litchfield, Conn., and the Mount Desert Island Biological Lab in Salisbury Cove, Maine.
The Buzzards Bay coalition plans to use the funding for a two-year program educating underserved students in grades 2 through 8 on water quality issue through after-school and summer programs. The Bay in My Backyard will partner with the YMCA Southcoast and Wareham Public Schools and expects to reach 6,000 students. The first year will focus on youth-led learning and exploration, while the second year will focus on a local stewardship project that aligns with the state’s curriculum frameworks on improving water quality across the Buzzards Bay ecosystem, the EPA said.
The Rhode Island organization will be used for the league’s ECO Youth Multimedia Community Educators Program, which offers after-school programs to mostly underserved high school students on air quality, toxins and household chemicals to help reduce the exposure of community members to asthma triggers.