In 2011 the Education Advisory Board awarded 10 Project grants to the following projects:
Project-Grant #: 11-27 Environmental Science Association, Commercial Organics Recycling On Track (CO-ROT), San Francisco, West County, $7,500.00 - The primary objective of this project is to have a follow up training tool that any current and prospective commercial food scrap program participant in Alameda County could use to support their program. Videos made with this grant will be readily available to other counties and jurisdictions throughout the Bay Area and beyond.
Project-Grant #: 11-36 City of Albany, Greening Albany Schools – GAS, Albany, West County, $10,000.00 - Funding from this grant will provide on-site recycling technical assistance and education to Albany’s school district to foster greener schools, as well as promote new greening initiatives. Grant funding will enable the City to build upon limited funding to develop a more comprehensive program to suit the district’s expressed technical assistance needs.
Project-Grant #: 11-37 Supportive Housing Employment Collaborative, Recycling and Environmental Awareness Program (REAP), San Francisco, West County, $10,000.00 - Funds will be used to expand the highly successful REAP program so that over the course of one year it will affect 7 new buildings and programs all over the city. Overall REAP will result in the following annual outcomes: green education dissemination through peer-based model to a minimum of 300 individuals and families living in supportive housing sites citywide, 600 tons of recyclables and compostable materials will be diverted from landfills, and 90 residents placed in short-term waste management positions at fairs thought San Francisco.
Project-Grant #: 11-38 San Francisco Department of the Environment, Food to Flowers, San Francisco, West County, $10,000.00 - The goal of this project is to raise the diversion rate of 15 schools to 50% or greater by the end of the 2011-2012 school year. SF Environment will accomplish this by: working with 25 schools to implement, sustain and/or improve Food to Flowers! lunchroom composting recycling program; provide stipends to custodians, lunchroom personnel, lead teachers, middle/high school student leadership teams and school administration; provide compostable bags; provide commingled collection bins in classrooms and bathrooms; coordinate 60 waste diversion field trips; hold annual awards ceremonies; and speak at meetings for students and school staff.
Project-Grant #: 11-39 Earth Team, Waste Action Project, Berkeley, West County, $20,000.00 - The goals of the Waste Action Project are to: 1)increase awareness on campus and in the surrounding community about the importance of natural resource conservation and the 4R’s 2)inspire students to take action and increase students leadership skills by organizing waste action activities on their campus, and 3)improve waste-reduction and recycling habits and capabilities on campus that result in a cleaner campus, potentially lower waste disposal costs, and environmental stewardship.
Project-Grant #: 11-40 Planting Justice, SLWRP at Mandela High School, Oakland, West County, $10,880.00 - The goal of Planting Justice’s collaboration with the Service Learning Waste Reduction Program at Mandela High School is to be an educational component for students to learn about: 1)sustainable ways to reduce and reuse waste; 2)how to use this waste to grow food safely and productively in urban settings; 3)the importance of adequate nutrition and how to get it, and 4)food justice and food security issues in the Bay Area. The outcome objective of the program is for students to be empowered to manage their waste and grow their own food at school and with their family home, and to provide jobs for participant students to build permaculture gardens for others in their community in order to increase food security and sustainable waste management practices in the Bay Area.
Project-Grant #: 11-41Habitat for Humanity – East Bay, Job Training for Ex-Offenders, Oakland, West County, $10,000.00 - The goal of this program will be to provide ex-offenders with job training and education and transform volunteer experience into a paid job experience. This job experience can then be added to their resume and used as a professional reference. Habitat for Humanity – East Bay believes this will be a great asset for our former volunteers as well as assisting Habitat ReStore with reliable employees.
Project-Grant #: 11-42 PUEBLO, Green Pioneers Waste Reduction and Urban Sustainability Project, Oakland, West County, $13,800.00 - Funds from this grant will be used to: 1) Provide stipend leadership opportunities and green jobs training for high school students in the Green Pioneers Internship Program 2) Support urban sustainability and waste reduction projects of Green Pioneers Interns and environmental science students by maintaining the outdoor classroom space of the Castlemont Community Garden 3)Expand waste reduction systems and education at all four Castlemont High Schools and neighboring middle schools; and 4) Provide healthy and affordable fresh fruit, vegetables, and eggs to students and their families living in an urban food desert through a student run Farm Stand.
Project-Grant #: 11-43 City of Dublin, Dublin 4R Challenge, Dublin, East County, $18,100.00 – Funds from this grant will be used to promote greater participation in existing recycling programs, phase in food scrap diversion to schools, educate and promote enhanced program knowledge and diversion, include rewards/incentives and subsidies for diversion, and communication and sharing of best practices.
Project-Grant #: 11-44 San Francisco Clean City Coalition, SF Clean City Wood Enterprise Grant, San Francisco, West County, $30,000.00 – Grant funds will be used to: 1) Divert and refurbish 50 tons of wood furniture from the landfill annually; 2) Repair and reuse of 100+ tons of wood pallets annually; 3) Create green job training opportunities; 4) Employ low-income San Franciscans in green skills training and job opportunities and 5) Develop a financially self-sustaining enterprise business model for wood refurbishing and repair.
The total 2011 Expenditure Plan budget of $150,000 for Project-grants was approved by the Board along with the option to carry over all unexpended funds from previous grant years and expend if necessary. A total of $140,280.00 in Project-grants were awarded.
The Education Advisory Board awarded 20 Project grants to the following projects:
Grant #: 10-41, Altamont Creek Elementary School, Recycling at Altamont Creek Elementary, Livermore, East County, $9,489.00 - Funding from this grant will provide additional recycling units for those parts of campus that do not currently have waste diversion collection systems.
Grant #: 10-42, Gurdwara Sahib, Waste not Organics, Fremont, West County, $12,207.42 - Funds from this grant will be used to set up a vermicomposting facility on site so that all organic waste can be composted and valuable compost can be generated.
Grant #: 10-43, City of Dublin, Public Spaces Recycling, Dublin, East County, $21,555.00 - The City of Dublin will use these grant funds for a scalable project to provide recycling container retrofits for many of the public-space containers within the City. Specifically the project will retrofit 35 of those high traffic locations within the City.
Grant #: 10-44, City of Dublin, Recycling It’s in the Bag, Dublin, East County, $21,370.00 - Funds from this grant will be used to evaluate the recycling activities and needs of every multi-family complex in the City of Dublin and provide technical assistance and resources necessary to start or expand a successful on site Mixed (single stream) Recycling program for residents and staff.
Grant #: 10-45, Castlemont Community Garden, Castlemont Community Garden Rejuvenation Project, Oakland, West County, $10,000.00 - Funds from this grant will be used to create an outdoor classroom space by erecting a greenhouse, creating benches out of sustainable materials such as reclaimed wood, nails, screws, and tools, and building an outdoor potter’s bench.
Grant #: 10-49, San Francisco Department of the Environment, Food to Flowers!, San Francisco, West County, $18,000.00 - Funds will be used to continue the recycling efforts at Food to Flowers! and to purchase additional compostable bags.
Grant #: 10-50, The East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse, Green Education Program, Oakland, West County, $ 10,000.00 - Grant funds will be used to provide in-store, hands-on education to teachers demonstrating and promoting reuse education, promote and expand the new membership and incentive programs for educators, work with community organizations and school districts to build a stronger partnership, evaluate the Depot’s outreach efforts, and further develop the information exchange on the website to create an online database of reuse education lesson plans.
Grant #: 10-51, Peralta Parent Teacher Group, Peralta Environmental Stewardship Program, Oakland, West County, $26,764.00 - Grant funds will be used to continue to shape the unique model for integrated curriculum that looks deeply at the environmental issues our children will be faced with in order to take care of the planet. Peralta Parent Teacher Group intends to become a model of successful practices around resource conservation for schools throughout Oakland, the Bay Area, and the rest of the Country.
Grant #: 10-52, SF Greenstacks, SF Greenstacks Eco Spots, San Francisco, West County, $12,000.00 - Funds will be used to supplement existing programs by supporting the purchase of LCD screens for 8 of the City’s 27 branch libraries, as well as creating professional recycling/composting displays that will travel between branches.
Grant #: 10-53, Sobrante Park Leadership Council, Sobrante Park Leadership Council Recycle and Education Project, Oakland, West County, $32,000.00 - Students will learn about the importance of recycling and waste reduction using the 4Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle, and rot) and share their information with their peers, family and friends (the community). Students will implement a waste reduction program at their school.
Grant #: 10-54, KIDS For the BAY, Four Rs Action Program, Berkeley, West County, $50,000.00 - KIDS for the BAY will provide important education about local solid waste management and resource conservation issues, and inspire real waste-reduction behavior changes in students, their families, and classroom teachers, through the Four Rs Action Program: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot.
Grant #: 10-55, San Francisco Clean City Coalition, SF Clean City – Wood Refurbishing and Reuse Enterprise, San Francisco, West County, $50,000.00 - Grant funds will be used to create a new social enterprise that will focus on diversion of wood from the landfill, refurbishing wood furniture into reusable items, repairing of wood pallets as an income generating service, and reuse of broken pallets into planter boxes and other saleable niche wood products.
Grant #: 10-56, Department of the Environment – City and County of San Francisco, SF Environment Now, San Francisco, West County, $10,000.00 - Grant funds will be used to increase diversion in San Francisco neighborhoods by supporting Environment now, an innovative workforce development project focused on developing a new mechanism to create environmental stewards and increase diversity of the grassroots movement.
Grant #: 10-57, Northern California Recycling Association, Zero Waste Franchising and Contracting Advocacy, Berkeley, West County, $10,000.00 - Funds will be used to collect and develop new waste contracting language that facilitates zero waste rather than hinder it. The project will study state of the art in zero waste contracting for trash and recycling collection as well as the land filling of residuals, collect zero waste contractual agreements for around California and the US, prepare a series of draft language segments which will be reviewed and fine-tuned by the a Zero Waste Advocacy Committee, hold 3 focus groups attended by NCRA members, and prepare a summary document and robust web site that educates all interested parties and allows serious discussion of the study results.
Grant #: 10-58, Center for Recycling Research, Pedi-Truck for Recycling, Berkeley, West County, $5,700.00 - Funds from this grant will be used to put one Pedi-Truck into service at a variety of events in the Bay Area. The secondary purpose of this grant is to assess the capacity of the factory direct vehicle in daily work of venue and event recycling.
Grant #: 10-59, Community Action for a Sustainable Alameda (CASA), Community – Based Outreach to Increase Food Scrap Diversion, Alameda, West County, $20,000.00 - Grant funds will be used to increase participation in the City’s recycling and organics programs through community based social marketing. The objectives of the project are to reduce greenhouse emissions.
Grant #: 10-60, Public Design Studio, Commercial Reuse Building Material Facility and Green Workforce program Development, San Francisco, West County, $10,000.00 - Grant funds will be used to support the creation of the Bay Area Commercial Reuse Building Material Facility and Green Workforce Program. This program will reduce waste and increase resource efficiency by facilitating a reliable supply stream of reclaimed materials, implementing a networked storage, tracking, and distribution system, providing an effective communication vehicle to link all parties in the supply and demand chain, and facilitating a robust green workforce development program around deconstruction, material handling and management, and carpentry.
Grant #: 10-61, City of Dublin, Bring Your Own Bag Dublin, Dublin, East County, $13,000.00 - Grant funds will be used to conduct a scaleable Bring Your own Bag (BYOB) campaign. The goal of this campaign is to increase community education and knowledge of the benefits of recycling and taking one step further in using reusable items such as reusable bags to prevent waste and pollution.
Grant #: 10-62, American High School Science Club, Throw in the Towel, Fremont, West County, $19,632.00 - Grant funds will be used to purchase 22 high efficiency air hand dryers.
Grant #: 10-63, Livermore High School, Release Time for GoGreen, AP Environmental Bio, Green Academy, Livermore, East County, $20,400.00 - Funds from this grant will make it possible for Stephen Bailey to continue and expand the Livermore High School 4R’s program, as well as start the AP Environmental Science program, and be part of the Green Engineering Academy.
The total 2010 Expenditure Plan budget of $230,000 for Project-grants was approved by the Board along with the option to carry over all unexpended funds from previous grant years and expend if necessary. Funds from previous years were expended, and a total of $382,117.42 in Project-grants were awarded.
The Education Advisory Board awarded 10 project grants to the following projects:
Grant #: 09-18, San Francisco Department of the Environment, Food to Flowers!, San Francisco, West County, $10,000.00 - The Department of the Environment for the City and County of San Francisco (SF Environment) will use the grant funds to increase diversion in the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) and San Francisco’s private schools by expanding our School Education Program. In conjunction with a variety of educational program offerings, we will help school develop infrastructure to support and increase waste diversion and provide the resources needed to sustain those programs. This project will work in partnership with Norcal Waste Systems; San Francisco’s permitted waste and recycling hauler, as well as SFUSD and private schools.
Grant #: 09-19, Livermore High School, Paperless Tests Students using Electronic Response devices, Livermore, East County, $10,688.00 – The grant’s main purpose will be to institute student operated test taking devices to eliminate paper tests, and eliminate paper answer sheets. This use of relevant technology will invigorate student interest in environmental issues, including REDUCTION of the use of paper, so paper does not end up in the landfill.
Grant #: 09-20, The East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse, Program for Educators, Oakland, West County, $10,000.00 - The goals of this project are: pilot incentive programs for educators to come to the Depot facility including weekend project demonstrations, free project materials and field trip opportunities, address economic concerns for Alameda County educators by ensuring access to local reuse center that offers low cost school supplies and project materials, broaden outreach efforts, expand on partnerships with organizations dedicated to education, evaluate educator needs, hire a trained educator, and create a presence for teachers that the Depot Facility is a Re-use Education Center.
Grant #: 09-21, Livermore High School, Recycle station for Livermore Sports Stadium, Livermore, East County, $31,732.00 - The main purpose of this grant is to blanket the Livermore High School Football/Track/Lacrosse/ Soccer/Graduation complex with recognizable and easy to use recycle stations.
Grant #: 09-22, Alameda Point Collaborative, APC Bike Shop Recycling Project, Alameda, West County, $15,000.00 – The innovative project will divert 13.2 tons of bicycle waste from the landfills, train (2) formerly homeless residents in reuse and recycling related jobs, and educate more than 150 youth about the importance of reuse, reduce, and recycle. In this project; youth will be taught how to repair and maintain discarded bicycles, provide job training and job creation for APC residents, provide low income residents with recycled bicycles, and sell recycled bicycles to generate funds to build self sufficiency for the bike shop.
Grant #: 09-23, Redwood Heights School Parents Fund Association, Green Lunch Program, Oakland, West County, $25,000.00 - Train students and institutionalize procedures to start and maintain a lunchtime waste-reduction program facilitating a “greening” the schools goal.
Grant #: 09-24, Peralta Elementary School, Peralta Stewardship Project, Oakland, West County, $10,000.00 – Primary goal of this grant is to weave quality reflective inquiry into environmental understanding and action by direct attention to the resources we take for granted in our daily lives and on the school site.
Grant #: 09-25, KIDS for the BAY, 4 R’s Action Program, Berkeley, West County, $50,000.00 – Deliver the Four R’s program and increase student awareness of the issues of resource conservation and waste reduction and change their behavior to reduce, reuse, recycle and compost. Teachers will also learn to reduce, reuse, recycle and compost in their classrooms and increase their confidence level in using the Four R’s message as an educational resource to stimulate student learning. The Four R’s will also be integrated into the school curriculum and culture of our target schools. Principals, teachers, students and parents will learn the value of reducing, reusing, recycling and composting and practice these behaviors in their schools and at home.
Grant #: 09-26(1st of 3 years), Alameda Unified School District (AUSD), Alameda Green School Challenge, Alameda, West County, $57,000.00 – The Alameda Unified School District, with the support of the Alameda Schools Go Green parent-teacher-principal –district-staff group and the Community Action for a Sustainable Alameda, has launched the Alameda Green Schools Challenge. The initiative aims to: implement comprehensive 4Rs curriculum and infrastructure at all AUSD school sites and district facilities; reduce greenhouse gas emissions district-wide through waste prevention, recycling and composting, energy efficiency; community education; promote culture change among our students, parents, teachers, maintenance staff, and administrators.
Grant #: 09-28, Fresh Approach, Zero Waste Farmers Market, Concord, West County, $10,000.00 – This project will provide public education at farmers markets highlighting the importance of recycling and composting.
A total of $229,420.00 was awarded from the project grant total funding allocation of $230,000.
In 2008 the Education Advisory Board awarded 9 project grants to the following projects:
SF Department of the Environment, 08-12, Food to Flowers, San Francisco, West County - $16,000 grant funds will be used to increase diversion in the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) and San Francisco’s private schools by expanding our School Educational Program. This project will work in partnership with Norcal Waste Systems;San Francisco’s permitted waste and recycling hauler, as well as SFUSD and private schools.
Hearst Elementary School, 08-13 (1st of 3 years), Environmental Classroom, Pleasanton, East County - $10,000 utilizing the GGI framework and the monies from this grant opportunity, the Hearst Community will continue to realize and achieve our goal of understanding the global ecosystem through environmental stewardship in our own schoolyard.
Tri Valley ROP at Livermore High School, 08-14, Spray Gun Cleaner and Recycler, Livermore, East County - $3,735 with these grant funds the addition of a state of the art spray gun cleaner and recycler will better expose students to industry standards, reduce the cost of solvents and recycling by using water borne technology to filter and separate pigments from the paint and clean the paint spray guns and use recycled solvents to clean clear coast spray guns and equipment. The procurement of this equipment would create awareness of environmental pollution controls and practices, recycling requirements and equipment, and improve environmental accountability.
Oakland Asian Students Education Services (OASES), 08-15, 4R’s You and Your Community. Oakland, West County - $20,000 OASES hopes to build upon its success educating and encouraging youth to practice the 4R’s (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot) by engaging youth with additional 4R’s workshops that build youth connections to the community at large. Students will learn concepts and skills and apply their learning by raising awareness and serving the community.
Friends of Outdoor Recreation in San Lorenzo, 08-16, Environmental Awareness and Climate Protection Program for San Lorenzo Middle School, San Lorenzo, West County - $20,000 this funding will provide financial assistance to 40 families who cannot afford to send their children to Camp Arroyo, pilot and fund “Bright Futures” and after school science program for all grade levels, establish and fund an Environmental Science Fair, and conduct and fund outdoor field trips for all 6th and 7th grade students in San Lorenzo.
City of Albany, 08-17, Greening Albany Schools – GAS, Albany, West County - $15,000 GAS would continue the work the City of Albany has conducted to date to “green” Albany, particularly our local schools, by expanding the existing 6th grade 4R’s educational project to include the City’s three elementary schools. GAS is intended to utilize the structure of the City’s existing 4R’s project to offer waste diversion lessons to Albany’s 3rd, 4th and 6th grade classrooms, and work in coordination with appropriate staff from each school to identify issues related to waste diversion and enhance recycling and food scrap/organics services.
East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse, 08-18, Program for Educators, Oakland, West County - $25,000 to broaden outreach efforts to educators by building lasting relationships with schools and teachers through the Depot facility, conduct outreach to schools within a five mile radius or Altamont Landfill, create an Educators Resource Library in the Teacher’s Corner at the Depot store, continue 29-year history of diverting usable materials from the landfill, have the Education Coordinator and new outreach staff continue to develop and execute a relevant plan for education outreach, develop a database system to manage contact information on teachers who we work with, and those who come into the depot, expand upon existing collaborations with organizations, and expand what is offered to teachers.
Earth Team Environmental Network, 08-19, Waste Action Month, Berkeley, West County - $15,000 to empower Alameda County teens on 6 high school and middle school campuses to implement a waste action program – WAM – that will educate their peers about the urgent need to recycle, and the connection between recycling and global warming, impact 6,000 students on school campuses, and measurably increase recycling activity among Alameda County teens.
Alameda County Fairgrounds, 08-20, Recycling and Diversion, Pleasanton, East County - $20,000 to improve the amount of trash and debris that is recycled and diverted at our annual county fair by moving the recycling and diversion process closer to the source. Fair will encourage the 400,000 patrons to assist in the recycling efforts, but just as important instill a desire to do more in their individual homes to recycle and divert.
A total of $144,835.00 was awarded from the project grant total funding allocation of $230,000.
In 2007 the Education Advisory Board awarded seven project grants to the following projects:
Harvest Park Middle School, Pleasanton, East County - $30,000.00 to build an Alternative Energy Learning Lab Teaching Greenhouse that is solar powered, and the students will experiment with alternative sources of energy with the focus on renewable sources
SF Environment, Food to Flowers, San Francisco, West County - $14,000.00 to raise diversion rate of 15 schools to 50% or greater by the end of the 2007-2008 school year
Chabot Space and Science Center, Oakland, West County - $50,000.00 a year for three years, totaling $150,000.00, an intern program that will build experiences with teen and college student internship programs and provide interns with valuable career awareness in waste management as well as giving them training and real world experience in informal environmental education for youth K-12
Grass Roots Recycling Network (GRRN), Cotati, West County - $42,025.00 to conduct two one-day workshops for communities within Alameda County targeting recycling managers, recycling professionals, and other government managers within the EAB service area
Earth Team Environmental Network, The Can-Do-Crew, Berkeley, West County - $22,000.00 The Can-Do-Crew will train 12 teenagers in how to create engaging and informative videos on the topic of recycling. Following the training, The Can-Do-Crew will film 8 short monthly television segments about recycling
Oakland Asian Students Educational Services (OASES), Oakland, West County - $20,000.00 for the OASES Fabulous 4R’s workshop, this will empower 215 youth and 100 parents in 2007-2009 to take action on the 4R’s so they can encourage teachers, and peers to practice the 4R’s
East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse, Oakland, West County - $50,000.00 with a goal to ensure that Alameda County educators continue to have access to local reuse center that offers low-cost supplies, materials and resources for educators and to aid in the ecological “green” renovation of the new store, and to also ensure that the new location is educator friendly.
A total of $228,025.00 was awarded from the project grant total funding allocation of $230,000.