Somerset Community College (SCC) has received a $500 grant to increase environmental education efforts at the colleges annual Earth Day Celebration. The grant, which is awarded by Personal Responsibility in a Desirable Environment, or PRIDE, will be used in 2016.
According to Loris Sherman, professor of Biology at SCC and coordinator of the Earth Day Celebration, the funds will be used to further environmental education of students and community.
We are thrilled to receive this grant from PRIDE, said Sherman. We will use the funds to continue the free rain barrel raffle at the Earth Day event, which supports water conservation and water conservation education. We also plan to purchase milkweed seed bombs and butterfly eggs to be given away at the event.
Understanding the importance of water conservation is vital, Sherman said, as is protecting threatened and endangered butterflies.
We take water for granted and are unfamiliar with simple ways to conserve, said Sherman. As the global climate continues to change, droughts will become more and more common. The rain barrel project serves as an important talking point and lesson about this serious global issue.
Butterflies, which are diminishing in numbers, are important pollinators in our ecosystem, Sherman said. Enabling students to raise butterflies from eggs and providing milk weed plants free to community members, increases awareness about butterflies and how to protect them.
The colleges Earth Day Celebration is held in April. To volunteer for the event, contact Sherman at (606) 451-6855.