Molloy College Receives Grant to Further Environmental Education

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Molloy College has received a grant of $35,000 from the National Grid Foundation. The funding will be utilized to pilot an innovative institute, the Molloy College: National Grid Foundation Teaching Green Institute (NGFTGI), during summer 2011. NGFTGI is designed to train secondary teachers in environmental issues and to provide suggestions on incorporating environmentally focused curricula into their classrooms.

Molloy, already well-known for its expertise in professional development for teachers, will tap its Sustainability Institute staff to act as guest lecturers to supplement professors for NGFTGI. The instructors will focus on such topics as global warming and its local challenges, clean energy solutions on Long Island, and reducing toxins in your daily environment.

"We want to create a new generation of environmentally active students," said Neal Lewis, Executive Director of the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College. "We are happy to partner with the National Grid Foundation on this wonderful initiative, and we are grateful to them for their support."

"Teaching teachers seems a sure and effective way to reach students across Long Island. And we are especially pleased to provide the support that is needed to make this possible through the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College," said Bob Keller, president of the National Grid Foundation. "Educating our youth is a necessity in cultivating action for a sustainable future."

Approximately 30 teachers, many from underserved districts, are slated to participate in the NGFTGI pilot program. Those participants will be able to teach sustainability concepts and practices to over 15,000 students during the next five years. NGFTGI will take place over a four-day period in July. The grant makes scholarship support available for all registrants.

For more information contact Lou Cino, Dean of Continuing Education and Professional Development.