Chatham News

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection awards Chatham with rain garden grant

By: Susan Rickens, DEP
May 18, 2010

HARRISBURG (May 18, 2010) … Chatham University is among 95 schools, universities, non-profit groups and conservation districts that will receive more than $382,000 in Environmental Education grants for projects to educate Pennsylvanians about important issues such as renewable energy, water conservation, air quality and climate change, Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger said today.

“It’s important that we make environmental education a life-long learning experience,” said Hanger. “These grants will fund innovative projects and workshops aimed at conservation and resource management that provide young adults, families and communities with the tools and resources they need to be successful stewards of our environment.”

Grants announced today will fund such projects as conducting teacher workshops and developing curricula on alternative energy, installing rain gardens and barrels to demonstrate stormwater management practices, and coordinating native plant workshops for homeowners to promote the use of native plants in residential landscaping.

The grant program was established by the Environmental Education Act of 1993, which mandates setting aside 5 percent of the pollution fines and penalties DEP collects annually for environmental education in Pennsylvania. Since then, DEP has awarded more than $7 million in grants to support the environmental education efforts of schools, county conservation districts and other nonprofit organizations throughout Pennsylvania.

Among the grants distributed within Allegheny County, Chatham University will receive $6,285 to develop a rainwater management education program by installing a rain barrel and rain garden, creating a campus map of stormwater management practices and developing a course.