FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 2, 2016
DHEC Awards Eight South Carolina Schools as Champions of the Environment
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Eight schools won grants to support innovative efforts to educate the next generation of
environmental stewards, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) announced today.
"From studying alternative energy to managing stormwater runoff, the 2016-2017 Champions of the Environment grant
program winners will cultivate a culture of environmental stewardship," said Amanda Ley, DHEC's coordinator for the
Champions of the Environment program. "By increasing opportunities for students to get hands-on environmental
education, the Champions program is helping students and teachers make a lasting impact."
This year's Champions of the Environment grant winners are:
- Dent Middle School, Richland County-The Gills Creek Watershed Student Organization will partner
with local environmental organizations to construct a rain garden on campus designed to mitigate stormwater
running off to Carys Lake.
- Windwood Farm School, Charleston County-Usinga technology toolkit, students will study live
biological data servers to research how the ecological health of honey bees is affected by environmental
- Richland Two Institute of Innovation, Richland County-Studentswill learn about alternative
energy by using a Read and Ride bicycle to generate power for small wattage applications while promoting healthy
- Leaphart Elementary School, Lexington/Richland Counties-A small off-grid solar panel energy
system will power the school's greenhouse and teach students about alternative energy and renewable resources.
- Carolina Springs Middle School, Lexington County-Studentsstudying world languages will learn
about gardening and environmental concerns in their target language by constructing and maintaining a
water-efficient, handicap accessible raised vegetable garden.
- Sneed Middle School, Florence County-The Environmental Action Club will use compost made from
cafeteria food waste and vermicomposting to enrich the soil of two pollinator gardens on campus.
- Northwest Middle School, Greenville County-The Panthers Eco Club will help improve the school's
recycling program while special education and science classes install bird houses and research native bird
- Newberry Academy, Newberry County-Newberry Academy will work with community partners to revamp
the school's recycling program and restore the natural environment on campus.
Champions of the Environment provides resources and support to foster environmental education and action in South
Carolina's kindergarten through 12th grade classrooms. The program is sponsored by DHEC, International Paper and
SCE&G, with assistance from the Environmental Education Association of South Carolina. For more information, visit
DHEC Media Relations