Grants offered for solar energy, environmental literacy

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation offers millions to successful applicants


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New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is offering money to applicants interested in installing solar power or teaching environmental literacy.

Solarize — The New York State Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) will support community projects known as “Solarize” campaigns, short-term local efforts of six to nine months to bring together groups of potential customers through outreach and education. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 28: http://on.ny.gov/2F8tvbR.

The program allows customers to choose a solar installation company or community solar project offering competitive, transparent pricing.

The state says community-driven Solarize campaigns have resulted in thousands of new solar installations with significant cost reductions and environmental benefits.

For more information email communitysolar@nyserda.ny.gov.

Literacy grants — New York State local governments, school districts, nonprofit community organizations, and Indian tribal governments are invited to apply for $2 million's worth of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Environmental Literacy Grants. The program's goal is to support the education of K-12 students and the public so they are knowledgeable of the ways in which their community can become more resilient to extreme weather events and other environmental hazards, and become involved in achieving that resilience. Applications are due by Friday, April 6: http://bit.ly/2GfCbia.

Many communities are increasingly contending with issues related to preventing, withstanding, and recovering from disruptions caused by extreme weather, such as severe storms, tornadoes, hurricanes, flooding, heavy precipitation events, persistent drought, heat waves, increased global temperatures, acidification of the ocean, and sea level rise. These extreme weather and climate events put stress on infrastructure, ecological systems, and the humans that live in the impacted places. Education projects focused on resilience enable and empower community members, including children and youth, to protect themselves and their communities from these hazards.

Projects through these grants should build the environmental literacy necessary for communities to become more resilient to extreme weather and other environmental hazards they face. Project topics must relate to NOAA's mission in the areas of ocean, coastal, Great Lakes, weather, and climate sciences and stewardship and should focus on one or more of the goals of NOAA's Next Generation Strategic Plan: healthy oceans; weather-ready nation; climate adaptation and mitigation; and resilient coastal communities and economies.

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