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RI Department of Environmental Management
235 Promenade Street, Providence, RI 02908
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For Release: March 21, 2014
Contact: Gail Mastrati 222-4700 ext. 2402

DEM AWARDS $16,850 IN GRANTS FOR COMMUNITY-BASED EARTH DAY CLEANUP PROJECTS

PROVIDENCE - The Department of Environmental Management, in partnership with the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation, has awarded 38 grants totaling $16,850 to organizers of local Earth Day 2014 cleanup projects. This grant program is designed to highlight Earth Day 2014 and the value of the environment, and recognize the importance of people improving the quality of life in their communities.

Grants of $250 or $500 each are being provided to non-profit organizations and municipalities throughout the state for Earth Day-related activities that are connected to a volunteer community cleanup initiative. The funds may be used for cleanup supplies including gloves and paper bags and eligible expenses such as hauling fees, and for local Earth Day celebrations and outreach activities that educate residents about environmental issues and attract volunteers to help cleanup.

"Communities all across Rhode Island – from Westerly to Warren to Woonsocket – will reap the benefits of cleaner and more attractive neighborhoods, thanks to these Earth Day grants," said DEM Director Janet Coit.

All Earth Day cleanup projects that receive funding through this grant program will be completed between April 1 and May 17. Funding for these grants is a result of a community service payment made by Southern Union pursuant to a court order dated November 12, 2013 as a penalty for a mercury spill at the Tidewater site in Pawtucket in 2004.

Since its start in 1970, Earth Day has served as a yearly catalyst for ongoing environmental education, action and change. Activities surrounding Earth Day rekindle personal commitment and broaden the base of public involvement through active participation in a wide variety of events. "Earth Day reminds us to take care of the lands and the waters that sustain us," Director Coit added. "That responsibility requires action every day of the year."

For a list of cleanup events that received grant funding, visit DEM's website, www.dem.ri.gov, and click on "Director's Office" under "Offices and Divisions" on the left side of the homepage, then "2014 Earth Day Grant Program", or contact DEM's Andrew Manca at 222-4700 ext. 2022 or via email at andrew.manca@dem.ri.gov.

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2014 Earth Day Grant Recipients
Jaycees of Kent County West Warwick
Town of Foster - Conservation Foster
Warwick Historical Cemetery Commission Warwick
Warren Conservation Commission Warren
Boone Lake Dam Management District Wyoming
Buckeye Brook Coalition Warwick
Christ the King Church Kingston
Town of Burrillville - Parks & Recreation Pascoag
Town of Smithfield Smithfield
Sogkonate Garden Club Little Compton
Friends of India Point Park Providence
West Greenwich Land Trust West Greenwich
Mount Hope Farm Bristol
Keep Bristol Clean Bristol
Little Compton School Department Little Compton
West Broadway Neighborhood Association Providence
City of East Providence - DPW/Refuse & Recycling East Providence
The Greater North End Community Development Westerly
Community Works RI Providence
Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council Providence
Save the Bay Providence
Rebuilding Together Providence Providence
City of Central Falls - Parks & Recreation Central Falls
Pawtuxet River Authority Hope
Vartan Gregorian Elementary School PTO Providence
Riverzedge Arts Woonsocket
Oaklawn Grange #42 Cranston
Old Slater Mill Association Pawtucket
Inspiring Minds Providence
Melrose Elementary Schoo Jamestown
City of Newport Newport
Smithfield Conservation Commission Smithfield
Town of North Smithfield - Recycling Slatersville
Rhody Rovers Motorcycle Club West Kingston
Southside Community Land Trust Providence
Bristol Land Conservation Trust Bristol

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