Community Foundation Of Broward Expands Environmental Education Programs

Community Foundation of Broward announced a combination of $600,000 in new grants focused on environmental education and sustainability in Broward County. Recipients include several of the area’s leading environmental organizations, which will use the grant money to improve environmental conditions while educating the community. Heading the project list is a $300,000 grant for establishment of a Broward “Eco Hub” for Resilience Education in collaboration with the Museum of Discovery and Science in Fort Lauderdale. The Eco Hub will champion community engagement, education and action for environmental sustainability and resilience in Broward. It will be anchored at the Museum. “The Eco Hub for Resilience Education at MODS, in partnership with the Community Foundation of Broward, will address environmental issues relevant to our community and solutions to help mitigate the impact of climate change by championing engagement, education and action for environmental sustainability and resilience in Broward,” said Joseph P. Cox, president and CEO of the Museum of Discovery and Science. “The Museum is a leader in environmental sustainability, with a focus on cultivating climate, citizenship and providing a platform for exploring the opportunities for solutions across our diverse community and future career opportunities. With the opportunity to reach hundreds of thousands of guests annually, MODS serves as the hub to raise awareness around the importance of science, inspiring deeper engagement in sustainability, climate change and resilience.” Other grants for environmental education and sustainability programs announced today under the Eco Hub umbrella include:

Project EEASY of the Youth Environmental Alliance
The Broward Habitat Connectivity Project of the National Wildlife Federation
Coastal Dune Lake Habitat Restoration, Phase Three, for the Friends of Birch State Park
The Champion Schools Program in Broward for the Everglades Foundation
The Eco-teers program of Flamingo Gardens

The Broward Eco Hub for Resilience Education, established in collaboration with the Museum of Discovery and Science, will raise community awareness about sea-level rise and other local challenges of climate change. It will work to bring together residents, community leaders, businesses and others to help make Broward more resilient to climate change. It will provide for museum exhibits and programs that educate visitors, encourage dialogue and inspire action about resilience and sustainability. And it will encourage environmental collaborations that foster workable solutions. Founded in 1984, Community Foundation of Broward (CFB) helps families, individuals, and corporations create personalized charitable funds that deliver game-changing philanthropic impact. 473 charitable funds represent more than $212 million in assets, distributing $119 million in grants over the past 35 years.