Petrarca: Nearly $12,000 in grants to Armstrong, Westmoreland counties to fund environmental education projects

HARRISBURG, July 1 – A total of $11,900 in grants from the state Department of Environmental Education has been awarded to fund four environmental education projects in Armstrong and Westmoreland counties, state Rep. Joseph Petrarca announced today.


In Armstrong County, the Armstrong Conservation District was awarded a $2,900 grant to fund a stormwater management workshop for the public.


In Westmoreland County, Saint Vincent College was awarded two $3,000 grants; one for an early childhood educator workshop series, and another for a maple sugar tapping and climate change environmental education project for students and the public. In addition, the Westmoreland Conservation District was awarded a $3,000 grant to develop a pollinator garden to educate the public on the importance and maintenance of a pollinator habitat.


“Each of us has an important role to play in protecting our environment,” Petrarca said. “These projects will be extremely beneficial in educating our residents on a variety of environmental and public health issues, including the best ways to protect our water supply and conserve our precious natural resources.”


A total of 45 grants were awarded to schools, libraries, conservation district offices, and environmental and community organizations through the Environmental Education Grants Program. The program was established by the Environmental Education Act of 1993, which mandates setting aside 5% of the pollution fines and penalties DEP collects annually for environmental education in Pennsylvania.