Citizen Scientist… it has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is looking to hire a squad of New York based citizen scientist, made up of individuals, organizations, schools, hospitals or other groups, to gather information on pollution while identifying solutions around the issue.
The Agency is awarding grants ranging from $12,500 to $25,000 a piece, totaling $125,000. With this money, the EPA hopes to add valuable information to their own database, while connecting with local communities and providing citizen scientists with the funding they need to further their own knowledge and exploration. To learn more or apply for a grant, please go here. Applications are due by April 20.
Here at GEF, we tend to agree with the EPA that the more knowledge you have, the more creative you can be in coming up with a good solution, and the more willing you’ll be to make appropriate behavior changes. We are striving to make a difference when it comes to air pollution with its I Ride Green program. We developed I Ride Green to educate and motivate individuals to adopt green transportation practices such as using public transportation, biking, and carpooling. When you understand the science behind CO2 emissions it becomes a no brainer to make better choices! With 10,000 tons of CO2 is released into the air daily it’s vital for individuals to understand how pollution affects their environment and how their actions can make a difference. To learn more about sustainable transportation, visit the I Ride Green curriculum section and download a lesson for your class!