Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today announced $120,000 in federal funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to provide Baltimore high school students with immersive environmental education opportunities. The Parks & People Foundation and the Living Classrooms Foundation – two Baltimore-based nonprofits – will each receive $60,000 to strengthen environmental learning programs across the city.
“Building strong connections between our students and the natural world will help inspire the next generation of environmental stewards,” said Congressman Sarbanes, a longtime champion of outdoor environmental education initiatives as author of the No Child Left Inside Act. “This new federal funding for Baltimore reinforces Maryland’s national leadership in environmental education and underscores our state’s deep commitment to environmental stewardship and conservation.”
Funding for the Parks & People Foundation will support a new program for Baltimore high school students to explore and design green spaces. Working closely with environmental engineers and researchers, students will design, plan and construct four school-based urban sustainability and greening projects at Baltimore City elementary or middle schools. In addition to providing students with real-world skills, the program also offers students the chance to explore career opportunities in urban planning, sustainable development and environmental design.
Funding for the Living Classrooms Foundation will provide hands-on environmental education experiences for Baltimore students by engaging them in community service projects to reduce stormwater runoff pollution.