Designing Community Projects Wrap-Up

May 9, 2014

With the support of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, CTSC has awarded 20 teams grantIMG_0936 money in amounts less than $5,000, as well as collaborative professional development opportunities, to help them plan and execute their ideas for environmental and STEM education. The selected projects – which span waste reduction, plant and animal restoration, water conservation and gardening – are designed to promote academic achievement through project-based learning experiences that are hands-on and authentic.

“Designing Community Projects” was created through the EPA’s Environmental Education Sub-Grants Program. It is designed to support projects across EPA Region 2 (New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands). The initiative emphasizes learning that engages the local ecosystem while reinforcing science, math and engineering skills, with a focus on environmental stewardship and sustainable change.

As we wrap up the grant this year, we thank all of the schools and non-profits for their hard work! Below are a few of the project titles and resource links:

Arts + Action Cafeteria Waste Reduction Project, Cafeteria Culture in collaboration with PS 20 and PS 221, Brooklyn. Photos, videos and press releases can be found on Cafeteria Culture’s website: &

Building a Sustainable Community Through Environmental Education, PS 164 Caesar Rodney School,

Urban Agriculture and Environmental Education: Addressing the Challenges of Climate Change, Academy for Environmental Leadership in collaboration with EcoStation:NY. EcoStation: NY’s home page,, and a news story from WABC-TV New York can be found here

Expanding Marine Habitat Restoration Learning Opportunities in Suffolk County, NY, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County; Suffolk County Marine Environmental Leaning Center. Additional Project information can be found on the Seagrass.LI website:  including links to teacher resources:

Cristo Rey: Bringing the Wilderness Education Experience to Harlem, Cristo Rey New York High School

NY Harbor Oyster Gardening Project, NY/NJ Baykeeper. Additional information about the oyster restoration project can be found here:

Eibs Pond Park Jr. Rangers Program, Hubert H Humphrey PS 57 R. News reports: Pics:

Arthur Kill Blueway: Educators Collaborative for Citizen Science, Future City, Inc. The maps can be accessed here: Elizabeth Map:, Arthur Kill Map:

Water Quality in Morristown and Morris Township, NJ, Alexander Hamilton Elementary School

Air It Out, The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) Website: More information:

Cafeteria Composting: Developing Environmental Stewardship in our Schools, Elizabeth Public Schools

Trash, Trash and More Trash, Beacon School of the Virgin Islands

Gerritsen Creek Community Outreach Initiative, Brooklyn School of Inquiry Greater community. BSI’s Gerritson Creek Salt Marsh Project Website can be found here:

Not a Drop to Drink, Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society, Inc. The Gardens “Schools” page can be found here:

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