For Immediate Release
Nov. 12, 2014
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Eight schools across South Carolina have been recognized as Champions of the Environment for the 2014-15 school year, the state Department of Health and Environmental Control announced today.
"We're pleased to be able to give eight major grant awards this year to S.C. teachers and students for environmental projects that will be making a difference," said Amanda Ley, DHEC's coordinator for the Champions of the Environment program. "We were also able to provide several schools with smaller awards to help them get their projects up and running."
"This year's grant awards go to projects focusing on pollution reduction and sustainability," said Ley. "Topics range from getting pollinator gardens started to reducing food waste in school cafeterias."
This year's Champions of the Environment Grant winners are:
In addition to the grant awards, a commercial will be made about each of the projects. The commercials will be featured on television, the Champions' website, and You Tube.
Champions of the Environment supports environmental action in South Carolina's kindergarten through 12th grade students through its grant award program. Champions is sponsored by DHEC, International Paper, and SCE&G, with assistance from the Environmental Education Association of South Carolina. More information about the Champions of the Environment grant award program can be found at http://www.scdhec.gov/champions.
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