Blueprint Geneva, a community-based organization in New York, has been awarded over $563,000 in state environmental justice grants, as announced by Governor Kathy Hochul.
The grants are part of a $3.5 million fund allocated to 20 organizations statewide, aimed at supporting environmental justice initiatives.
This funding aligns with the state’s commitment to addressing air pollution and climate impacts, particularly in disadvantaged communities, as part of the 2019 Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act.
The two grants awarded to Blueprint Geneva will focus on environmental education and air quality monitoring in the Finger Lakes region.
The first grant, amounting to $100,000, will be used to develop a youth environmental justice corps, engaging local high school students in understanding and responding to historical and ongoing environmental injustices.
The second, larger grant of $463,400, will be dedicated to collecting and analyzing air quality data across the Finger Lakes. Any concerning findings will be coupled with community outreach to inform residents about reducing exposure risks. This initiative gains significance in light of incidents like the recent collapse at the Ontario County Landfill, underscoring the need for robust air quality monitoring.
The collaboration with local educational institutions, libraries, and nonprofits is integral to these projects. The organization remains committed to utilizing these resources to address ongoing environmental and health challenges in the community.
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