The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded $70,000 to enable the Turabo University in Gurabo, to work with junior high school students and teachers in developing web pages focusing on their local environment.
“EPA is happy to provide $70,000 to support the work of 30 science teachers in Puerto Rico to sharpen their video imaging and web training and develop websites to teach young people and adults how their everyday actions can improve the environment,” said Judith A. Enck, EPA regional administrator, upon making the announcement Tuesday.
The university’s “Teachers and Community Harboring Environmental Vigilance of the Island Stewardship” program will engage 30 junior high science teachers in field trips, hands-on experiences, workshops and symposia focusing on critical local environmental issues.
The program will then provide the educators with professional development of video imaging skills needed to produce web pages on local environmental issues. The web pages will correlate with the Puerto Rico Department of Education’s Environmental Science Curriculum.
USVI also benefits from funding
In related news, the EPA also announced it has awarded a $50,000 grant to support work that Beyond Visions Inc. of Christiansted, in the U.S. Virgin Islands, is doing with a group of local organizations to implement stewardship projects in marine ecosystems.
“EPA is proud to provide $50,000 to Beyond Visions, Inc. to support the education projects about the importance of the marine environment that local community organizations will conduct in the U.S. Virgin Islands,” Enck said.
Beyond Visions will support the “Nature Explorers’ Club Environmental Alliance” efforts to carry out projects that benefit local marine ecosystems, with the goal of increasing the public’s understanding of how their actions impact the marine environment.