Milton awards environmental grants to schools

Evergreen Schools program funds Adopt a Stream, recycling

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MILTON, Ga. — The city of Milton awarded Birmingham Falls Elementary School and Cambridge High School $500 grants each for environmental education as part of its Evergreen Schools program. Birmingham Falls is using the grant funds to purchase supplies for a fifth-grade Adopt a Stream initiative. A Fulton County Water Department representative will train teachers and parent volunteers in biological and chemical water testing. With educator assistance, students will monitor the water quality of a stream on the school’s campus. As part of Fulton County’s science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curriculum, the project exposes students to scientific methodology for testing water quality and recording data on a state EPA website. Some of the funds will be used to install rain barrels in the school’s courtyard.

Cambridge High School received a grant to expand their classroom recycling program and fund an organic garden, as part of the city’s waste reduction and recycling initiatives.

For more information on the Evergreen Schools program, contact Cindy Eade, sustainability coordinator for Milton at cindy.eade@cityofmiltonga.us.

MH 06-18-14