For Immediate Release
September 15, 2008

KDHE Office of Communications
communications@kdheks.gov, 785-296-0461


Kansas Green Schools Program Provides
Educational and Environmental Opportunities

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and the Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education (KACEE) have launched the Kansas Green Schools Program. This new program will offer grants, workshop opportunities for teachers and technical support for schools to “green” their buildings and grounds and tie the projects to classroom curriculum.

“These grants will allow schools to more readily undertake environmental projects, such as composting and recycling,” stated John Mitchell, Director of the Division of Environment. “Engaging in projects to teach kids about the value of ‘green’ activities can help make a difference for our environment, and for our future.”

Schools can register free of charge at www.kansasgreenschools.org, and become eligible for free recycling boxes and to apply for air quality, water quality and waste management grants. Examples of potential projects include recycling, composting, energy audits, idle-free zones, xeriscaping, and water conservation strategies.

Schools may apply for grants up to $4,500; grant applications must be postmarked by October 17, 2008. Waste management grant projects must be derived from a pre-approved list, while air and water quality grant projects may cover a wider range of opportunities. There is no deadline for air and water quality project grant applications.

For more information, visit www.kansasgreenschools.org, or contact Shari Wilson at swilson@kacee.org or 913-287-6879.