2020 Earth Day Grants
We had 5 winning Earth Day Grants this year for a total award of $2,400. A summary of the 5 projects follows:
2020 Erie County Envirothon- TheEnvirothon is being held on April 2, 2020 and April 30, 2020 at Village Green Park in Elma, NY. It provides a hands-on, outdoor-oriented competition open to all high school students in Erie County, with the idea of promoting environmental awareness for our future leaders, farmers, engaged citizens, conservationists, and environmentalists.
Buffalo Is Creative, Inc. - CreativeMornings/Buffalo is a free breakfast speaker series that’s been run in Buffalo every month for four years entirely by volunteers. It’s aim is to spark connections through a celebration of our city’s creative voices, believing that a scientist at their lab bench is as creative as a painter at their easel. For 2020, they will host monthly virtual events on environmental topics.
Engineers Without Borders UB Chapter - The University at Buffalo chapter of Engineers Without Borders USA was established in 2016 and comprises around 220 affiliate members from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. EWB-UB strives to build a better world and has taken up a water filtration and sanitization project to help a struggling international community in La Laguna, Nicaragua. They will provide centralized access to safe water, thus lower their overall waterborne infection rates, and generally improve the quality of life for the villagers of La Laguna.
Amherst Conservation Advisory Council - The Amherst Conservation Advisory Council will use these funds to provide a tree-lined buffer between the backyards of residential homes and a walking trail in College Park.
Wild Spirit Education, Inc. -Wild Spirit Education will hold public environmental learning programs at various locations across Western New York to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day. Due to Covid, this program changed to make the programs virtual. Wild Spirit presented a new podcast each week to explore ways that people can celebrate Earth Day every day by living a green lifestyle. Their podcasts can be seen at www.wildspirit.org/podcasts