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Dec 17, 2019

40 Austin-area schools will receive grants for sustainability projects

KVUE ABC |Britny Eubank
December 17, 2019

AUSTIN, Texas — Thousands of Austin-area students are about to get some hands-on experience learning about sustainability.

The City of Austin‘s Office of Sustainability announced Tuesday that 40 area K-12 schools will receive Bright Green Future Grants to start 46 sustainability projects that are expected to benefit over 20,000 students. According to the City, these projects will offer hands-on learning opportunities, help school campuses become “greener” and provide benefits to the surrounding neighborhoods.

Projects were selected from every Austin City Council district and represent schools in Austin ISDDel Valle ISD and Round Rock ISD, as well as several private schools. The City said nearly a quarter of the schools receiving funding are Title 1 schools with a large percentage of low-income students.

“Now in its 8th year, the Bright Green Future Grants program has funded nearly 400 projects that have made local schools, and the community as a whole, a little greener,” Chief Sustainability Officer Lucia Athens said. “These teachers and students continue to inspire me with their efforts to make sustainability something tangible. They are hard at work planting, biking, conserving and preserving to ensure our bright, green future.”

The grants will fund a variety of different sustainability projects. Here’s a breakdown:

Read more here.