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.