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Environment and Energy

Libraries and museums help us to explore the natural world, support a healthy environment and use energy efficiently.

Search the Awarded Grants database for grants to programs that address environment and energy needs (issue areas have only been assigned to grants awarded since FY 2009)

Environment and energy content on the IMLS Web site:
IMLS Awards $3.9 Million for Library Service to Native Americans and Native Hawaiians

September 11, 2014 10:32 AM
IMLS grants support basic library services, 21st century skills training and cultural projects and initiatives. Read More

 
A woman sits at a table in a library working on a craft project.
Blog Post: Sprouting Green Weeding Practices Web-Based Training

October 6, 2014 01:41 PM
Learn how to recycle your library’s used books to provide more space for your communities’ needs. Read More

 
New IMLS Blog Post: “Growing” Up at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

September 8, 2014 02:57 PM
Discovering the Brooklyn Botanic Garden at a young age has given Chidi Duke a passion for the environment, which he carried throughout his high school and college careers. Read More

 
Blog Post: A Priority to Create More Inclusive Outdoor Experiences, Boosted with IMLS Support

July 22, 2014 08:18 AM
The Massachusetts Audubon Society created better experiences for visitors with a wide range of vision, hearing, and mobility levels by adding sensory elements to eight ADA trails. Read More

 
Lamar Elementary students pose with Assistant Museum Educator Megan DiRienzo at the end of their Art Science Fusion program.
June 2011: Fine Arts Museum Brings Together Community Resources to Provide Art and Science Fusion Education


With funding from an IMLS National Leadership Grant, the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, along with its partners, the San Angelo Independent School District and the Upper Colorado River Authority, brings together community resources to create an interdisciplinary program of art and science education that engages students in real-life projects focusing on water conservation and environmental science. Read More

 
WATCH teens take a break from their research and experience Elkhorn Slough by kayak
August 2010: Teaching Teens to WATCH the Environment


When the Monterey Bay Aquarium sought to expand its environmental education efforts, it found a good match in the Watsonville area near the northeast coast of Monterey Bay. The new Pajaro Valley High School was located in what has become a rarity in coastal California: A wetlands area called a slough. Read More

 
Image of two seniors walking on a garden path
August 2009: The Healing Powers of Public Gardens


Gardens are good for your health, right? In order to prove this scientifically, the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach, Fla., collaborated with the Lynn College of Nursing at Florida Atlantic University to create a program targeting a growing demographic: seniors over age 65 who are dealing with depression. A three-year study showed that walking in the gardens significantly reduced depression symptoms and led the museum to create a biannual program of guided-imagery walks. Read More