PROVIDENCE – Groundwork Rhode Island was selected by the Environmental Protection Agency to receive a $100,000 environmental education grant focused on waste reduction, diversion and recycling in Providence, EPA announced Aug. 29.
Groundwork R.I. was one of 37 organizations selected nationwide.
EPA Regional Administrator Alexandra Dunn said Groundwork R.I. will use the grant funding to partner with Providence schools on waste reduction education to promote recycling, composting and reducing single-use plastic waste. The effort involves more than 1,300 elementary students, 10 high school youth leaders, over 500 residents from targeted neighborhoods and 25 local store owners, according to EPA.
As part of the project, 5,000 reusable bags will be distributed to local businesses and organization partners.Student art projects on waste issues will be displayed to help raise awareness, and students will visit the state landfill in Johnston to learn about waste separation, reuse and reduction.