TALLAHASSEE –The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will
receive a $535,294 grant for the project Gulf Alliance Partnership: Building
Cultural Competency in Experiential Environmental Education from the Gulf of
The Gulf Alliance Partnership is designed to increase the environmental
literacy of 2,400 students, provide professional development for 32 teachers,
strengthen the cultural competency of the eight organizations engaged in
nonformal experiential environmental education (E3), and achieve measurable
improvements in local environmental quality.
“This grant brings students to the water's edge to discover - through
hands-on science labs - the connections between their lives and the ocean,” said
Greg Ira, Director of DEP’s Office of Environmental Education.
Through hands-on environmental education, the project will increase
environmental knowledge, improve environmental attitudes, motivations and
behaviors, enhance programmatic capacity of nonformal educators and teachers,
and enhance the local environmental quality.
“The commitment of this year’s projects to meet the collaborative goals of
the Gulf of Mexico Alliance is a high watermark for EPA and the Gulf states,”
said Bryon Griffith, Director of the Gulf of Mexico Program and federal co-lead
for the Gulf of Mexico Alliance. “The work our partners are completing this year
will achieve measurable successes in protecting the health and environment for
our families, friends and neighbors in the Gulf.”
For more information about the Gulf of Mexico Program, please visit their
website at http://www.epa.gov/gmpo. For
more information about the Gulf of Mexico Program, please contact: Dr. Troy
Pierce at firstname.lastname@example.org; (228)
688-3658; or, visit http://www.epa.gov/gmpo.
DEP is the state’s principal environmental agency, created to protect,
conserve and manage Florida’s environment and natural resources. DEP enforces
federal and state environmental laws, protects Florida’s air and water quality,
cleans up pollution, regulates solid waste management, promotes pollution
prevention and acquires environmentally-sensitive lands for preservation. The
agency also maintains a statewide system of parks, trails and aquatic preserves.
For more information about the Florida Department of Environmental Protection,