2009 Kansas Green Schools Program Grants Awarded

The Kansas Green Schools Program has awarded grants to 35 schools across the state totaling $100,902.48. The program offers grants, workshop opportunities for teachers, and technical support to encourage environmental education and projects in school classrooms. (The list of 2009 Green School grant recipients is attached.)

“More and more schools across Kansas are signing up to become eligible for Kansas Green Schools grants,” said William Bider, Director of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Bureau of Waste Management. “The program is only about three months old, yet the interest level is very high. Teaching kids about how to make a positive contribution to our environment is catching on.”

Green Schools grants are intended to encourage schools to develop creative and innovative projects to improve the environment; make schools healthier places to learn, play, and work; and save money through reduced use of resources. All school-based initiatives must include direct environmental benefits and education. Examples of potential projects include energy audits, idle-free zones, xeriscaping, water conservation strategies, recycling, and composting. The initial round of grants is related to waste reduction, recycling, and composting.

Another round of waste management-related grants will be available in spring 2009 – schools should watch www.kansasgreenschools.org for information. There are no deadlines for air quality and water quality grants. All grant awards are subject to available funding.

Schools can register at www.kansasgreenschools.org to become eligible to apply for air quality, water quality, and waste management grants of up to $4500, and to receive free recycling boxes. The Kansas Green Schools Program is a joint effort by the Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education and KDHE.

Visit www.kansasgreenschools.org or contact Shari Wilson at swilson@kacee.org, 913-287-6879 for more information. For additional information about Green Schools grants for recycling, composting or waste reduction, please contact Maureen Ruhlman at 785-296-6596 or mruhlman@kdheks.gov.