For Immediate Release
January 26, 2009

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

Kansas Green Schools Program
Announces 2nd Waste Management Grant Round

The Kansas Green Schools Program is announcing Round #2 of the Waste Management Green School Grants.  This grant round began on January 15, and applications may be submitted through April 15, 2009.   Waste management grant projects must be derived from a pre-approved list found in the grant criteria and will be awarded up to $4,500.  Schools should visit www.kansasgreenschools.org to view the grant criteria and download a grant application. Grant recipients will be notified by the end of the 2009 school year.

“During these tight budget times, we are pleased to be able to provide schools with grants to implement projects to reduce waste, conserve natural resources and teach their students important lifelong lessons about being good environmental stewards,” said Bill Bider, Director of the Bureau of Waste Management at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE).  

Schools receiving solid waste grant awards will be required to register on the Kansas Green Schools Network, available free at www.kansasgreenschools.org.  Once registered, schools become eligible for free recycling boxes and to apply for additional grant opportunities, including air and water quality projects.  Examples of potential projects include recycling, composting, energy audits, idle-free zones, xeriscaping and water conservation strategies.

The Kansas Green Schools Program combines grants, workshop opportunities for teachers and technical support for schools to “green” their buildings and grounds, and to tie the projects to classroom curriculum.

The program is a joint effort by KDHE and the Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education (KACEE).  All grants are subject to available funding.  More information is available at www.kansasgreenschools.org, or by contacting Shari Wilson at swilson@kacee.org or 913-287-6879.