From wetland restoration to green roof technology, this year’s Dominion educational grants will engage students of all ages in a variety of outstanding energy- and environmental-focused science, math and technology programs. Some of the higher education grants also support workforce training programs.
For the 2016-17 academic year, schools and educational institutions in 11 states will share grants totaling $1 million from the Dominion Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Dominion Resources.
“This year’s grants will support a variety of innovative programs encouraging young people to learn the essential skills needed to tackle real-world issues,” said Hunter A. Applewhite, president of the Dominion Foundation. “They will help students gain knowledge and experience with technologies that are leading the way to a greener energy future.”
Dominion’s K-12 Education Partnership will give 66 K-12 schools and educational organizations grants that support the study of energy and the environment. The Higher Education Partnership will award 30 college and post-secondary schools up to $50,000 each to fund projects in energy, environmental studies, engineering and workforce development.
A few of this year’s higher education grant recipients include:
- George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., will be awarded $20,000 for the study of the ecological benefits and maintenance requirements of a green roof. Students will use sensors to measure storm-water runoff from a campus parking deck designed and “landscaped” to serve as an experimental green roof.
- Kent State University in North Canton, Ohio, will be awarded $25,000 for its “Wired Wetland” program that will fund the real-time collection of environmental data from Kent State Stark Pond and Wetland Research area.
- Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., will receive $35,000 to develop an online interactive educational game giving students a platform to make strategic business and engineering planning decisions about energy needs and delivery using a model of the modern electricity infrastructure.
- University of Connecticut in Storrs, Conn., will be awarded $24,500 for its study and measurement of carbon dioxide in Long Island Sound. Students will learn about stresses on the ecosystem while establishing a potentially important historical database.