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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:
Climate Change and Plants—Predicting and Planning

Research by the Missouri Botanical Garden combines bioclimatic modeling and innovative experiments to shed light on key questions concerning the impacts of climate change on plant diversity, with the aim of helping conservationists develop scientifically based protocols to avert the loss of species. 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