Prescott College Wins EPA Grant
Prescott College has been awarded a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Environmental Education to provide community funding for Environmental Problem Solving projects related to water conservation. Partners include Prescott Creeks Preservation Association, the Highlands Center for Natural History, the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension in Yavapai County, Yavapai Prescott Indian Tribe, Salt River Project, and Arizona Game and Fish Department. EPA programs in Environmental Education encourage citizen science and school curriculum activities.
The Prescott College grant program from EPA will provide more than $92,000 to schools and non-profit community organizations throughout Arizona over the coming year in support of instructional projects that address the theme of “Protecting Arizona’s Waters.” These activities will benefit the community by expanding knowledge on water resource issues and implementing water conservation outreach activities. Among its criteria for project funding, the EPA Office of Environmental Education has emphasized instructors may not advocate for specific environmental policy or activism, instead focusing on critical thinking skills, and materials based on objective and scientifically sound information.
A workshop on Environmental Problem Solving and project proposal development for program applicants took place on September 6 and 7 at the Prescott College Crossroads Center. The proposal development guidance emphasized hands-on activities to address environmental problem solving skills and water conservation opportunities for Arizona, with action-based projects that utilize scientific methodology and decision-making. For the school projects funded by this program, Prescott College has developed instructional resources adapted from a nationally recognized environmental problem-solving curriculum, aligned with the Common Core Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.
Prescott College is a nationally acclaimed institution of higher education located in the central highlands of Arizona, Prescott College offers competency based programs in the liberal arts and professional disciplines with a focus on interdisciplinary and experiential education. A private, non-profit, four year college, Prescott College offers Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees in an on-campus and limited residency format. www.prescott.edu