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  • Thu, August 25, 2022 12:23 PM | Seth Molofsky (Administrator)


    EPOC Environmental Grant Awards for 2022


    The Environmental Professionals Organization of Connecticut (EPOC) is pleased to announce our environmental grant awards for 2022 as follows (total amount of all awards is $9,077):

    • Darien Nature Center

      The Darien Nature Center is a thriving community center, home to robust environmental educational programs, a diverse collection of live animals, and seasonal exhibits, films, and lectures. The Darien Nature Center inspires respect and passion for the natural world by providing nature education and first-hand experiences to our community. EPOC's grant will support a new initiative, with local high school students, to fund equipment to test the health of an onsite pond using methods like Secchi disc, dissolved oxygen, PH and other recommended testing.  Students will gain both a connection to nature and a sense of empowerment as progress occurs to improve pond health as well as a sense of community that comes from collective action.

    • Greenwich Land Trust

      Greenwich Land Trust (GLT) conserves open space, connects our community with the natural world, and inspires the next generation of conservationists. The Land Trust permanently protects and cares for more than 857 acres of woodlands, marshlands, orchards, and meadows throughout Greenwich, CT. EPOC's grant will provide materials in support efforts to clear invasive plant species from a section of riparian buffer along the Converse Brook, and provide planting protective measures. The long-term goal of this project is to have a healthy riparian habitat restored to the extent that it can maintain itself and function as it should.

    • Green Earth Club @ Ellington High School

      The Green Earth Committee at Ellington High School aims to reduce the school's carbon footprint and make it a greener place. It was created during the 2020-21 school year. EPOC's grant will cover costs associated with the high school’s organic waste recycling program. In the cafeteria, bins will be set up where students can throw away their organic waste. An external transporting service will transport these bins to a composting and biogas facility in CT on a weekly basis.

    • Southington Land Conservation Trust, Inc.

      The Southington Land Conservation Trust is dedicated to the conservation of natural scenic vistas, farmlands, wetlands and forest lands for the benefit of the Southington Community. Their core values are Community, Sustainability, Partnership, Legacy and Integrity. EPOC's grant will support the restoration of a four-acre parcel by removing invasive vegetation to develop a pollinator meadow. Our grant will fund equipment rental and nursey stock for replanting with a goal to use for educational programs and site walks.

    • SoundWaters, Inc.

      SoundWaters mission is to protect Long Island Sound through education and action. Their goal is a sustainable environment where people have a passion for Long Island Sound, students succeed, and our community thrives. EPOC's grant will partially support the Marine Debris Kayak (MDK) Program. The MDK program is a unique opportunity to mobilize low-income residents, through environmental education, outdoor adventure and hands-on community activity with an opportunity that usually is available only to wealthier families. MDK will work with local organizations to welcome hundreds of members of their community to enjoy the benefits of Long Island Sound and environmental protection for the first time; and will remove substantial amounts of floating trash from Stamford Harbor over a four-month period.

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    The EPOC Grant Program provides non-profit and not-for-profit environmental advocacy groups, community-based groups and environmental education organizations, funding for local projects that benefit the environment on an annual basis. For further information, see our Grant Program page on our website at epoc.org/grants.


  • Thu, February 03, 2022 5:04 PM | Seth Molofsky (Administrator)

    EPOC is pleased to announce our new Learning Management System (LMS) site to provide our members with recorded content of our meetings, training sessions for our YEP members who are on-track to becoming LEPs, and on-demand courses for LEP credits. The site is in the early stages of development and on-demand courses for LEP credits will be added soon as we obtain approvals from the LEP Board. Other content, including YEP training sessions and meetings, are available now as a benefit of EPOC membership with no additional fees required.

    To access the site:

    • Go to: https://epoc.mclms.net/en/ and click on login link to enter your EPOC main website credentials.

      Another way to access the site is to log in to EPOC's main website first at https://epoc.org/Sys/Login, and then go to the LMS site and click the login link. This will also allow you to reset/obtain your password if you have forgotten it.

    We will keep the EPOC membership updated as new content is added as we work towards making this site a resource for all EPOC members and to provide approved on-demand courses for LEP credits.


  • Thu, January 20, 2022 3:17 PM | Seth Molofsky (Administrator)

    EPOC Environmental Grant Program

    Now Accepting Applications for 2022 Awards

    Application deadline is April 15, 2022

    For further information and application form, please see: www.epoc.org/grants

    PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT THIS OPPORTUNITY!

    The EPOC Grant Program provides non-profit and not-for-profit environmental advocacy groups, community based groups and environmental education organizations funding for local projects that benefit the environment. The applications will be judged against the environmental benefits of the project and compared to the other grant submittals. Environmental benefits can vary widely and successful applications may include projects within Connecticut that improve the environment, such as: property and watershed clean-ups, reforestation efforts, biodiversity projects, streamside buffer restoration projects, monitoring environmental conditions of watersheds or ecosystems and hazardous waste collection efforts. Also, proposals that promote environmental education and development of youth for careers in the environmental field will be considered.

  • Thu, January 20, 2022 2:57 PM | Seth Molofsky (Administrator)

    EPOC 2022 Environmental Scholarship Fund

    Application Deadline is April 30, 2022

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION AND TO APPLY ONLINE, SEE:

    www.epoc.org/scholarship

    PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT THIS OPPORTUNITY!

    EPOC recognizes its duty to assist in the education of individuals planning a career in the environmental industry. Consequently, the EPOC Environmental Scholarship Fund was established in 1998. The purpose of the Scholarship Fund is to assist Connecticut residents, or an immediate family member (spouse or child) of an EPOC Member in good standing, who are enrolled in accepted programs of study (see below) preparing the student to become a Technical Environmental Professional* in the State of Connecticut as defined by the CT DEEP, or a professional in a related service discipline who may render technical assistance to the Technical Environmental Professional.

    *As defined by the CT DEEP, a Technical Environmental Professional (TEP) is anyone, including a Licensed Environmental Professional, who collects soil, water vapor, or air samples in order to investigate and remediate pollution to the state's soil or water, and who may be directly employed or retained as a consultant by a public or private employer.

    Accepted programs of study include the following: Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Geology, Biology, Chemistry, Hydrogeology, Hydrology, Earth Science, Natural Resource Management, Ecology, Soil Sciences, Water Resources, Toxicology, Wetland Science, Engineering (Civil, Environmental, Chemical), and Other Related Degreed Environmental Programs.

    We ask that you assist us in publicizing the availability of the scholarships. If you know of students who meet our criteria, or professors, department chairs or personnel in financial aid offices at the universities you have attended, please inform them of the availability of the scholarship fund and direct them to EPOC's website. Please feel free to forward this e-mail to those who may be interested.

    For further information about the EPOC Scholarship Fund, contact Seth Molofsky at (860) 537-0337 or Email: epoc@epoc.org.

  • Tue, December 28, 2021 9:24 AM | Seth Molofsky (Administrator)

    The new exam applications for the May 12, 2022 Connecticut Licensed Environmental Professional’s Exam (LEP Exam), including the associated reference forms and verification of education, are now posted on DEEP's website here: LEP Application Forms (ct.gov).

    The LEP Exam application and the associated references and verification of education must be submitted to DEEP on or before February 11, 2022.

    The evaluation of the LEP Exam applications to determine which candidates are approved to take the exam will be done by the LEP Board on or after Feb 17th.

    If you have any questions about the exam process, contact Liz McAuliffe, LEP Board Administrator at Elizabeth.Mcauliffe@ct.gov.


  • Wed, February 17, 2021 11:46 AM | Seth Molofsky (Administrator)

    The Remediation Standard Regulations (Wave 2) and the Environmental Use Restrictions (EURs) have been published and are effective as of February 16, 2021. Please see the following links to the regulations. Note: These documents show deleted text ([in brackets]) and new text (underlined) as compared to the previous regulations. We expect a “clean copy” of the new regulations will be posted soon. Also, EPOC will be conducting training programs on these regulations in the near future.

  • Tue, January 05, 2021 1:49 PM | Seth Molofsky (Administrator)

    EPOC 2021 Environmental Scholarship Fund
    Applications now being accepted through 
    April 30, 2021.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION AND TO APPLY ONLINE, SEE:

    www.epoc.org/scholarship

    PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT THIS OPPORTUNITY!

  • Mon, May 11, 2020 5:24 PM | Seth Molofsky (Administrator)

    CT DEEP has provided a copy of their presentation from our virtual meeting on 5/8/20, CLICK HERE (PDF).  

  • Fri, April 24, 2020 2:50 PM | Seth Molofsky (Administrator)

    CT DEEP is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in a number of ways.  Please check this page for updates on DEEP’s facilities, process changes, and response initiatives.

  • Tue, January 07, 2020 1:00 PM | Seth Molofsky (Administrator)

    EPOC 2020 Environmental Scholarship Fund

    Application Deadline is April 30, 2020

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION AND TO APPLY ONLINE, SEE:

    www.epoc.org/scholarship

    PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT THIS OPPORTUNITY!

    EPOC recognizes its duty to assist in the education of individuals planning a career in the environmental industry. Consequently, the EPOC Environmental Scholarship Fund was established in 1998. The purpose of the Scholarship Fund is to assist Connecticut residents, or an immediate family member (spouse or child) of an EPOC Member in good standing, who are attending an accredited college or university (CT colleges or out of state colleges) and have declared majors pertinent to the environmental field. Students must be enrolled in a bachelor, master or PhD degree program. The scholarships are awarded annually to those entering Junior year, Senior, or Graduate level (full or part time), and are enrolled in accepted programs of study (see below) preparing the student to become a Technical Environmental Professional* in the State of Connecticut as defined by the CT DEEP, or a professional in a related service discipline who may render technical assistance to the Technical Environmental Professional.

    *As defined by the CT DEP, a Technical Environmental Professional (TEP) is anyone, including a Licensed Environmental Professional, who collects soil, water,vapor, or air samples in order to investigate and remediate pollution to the state's soil or water, and who may be directly employed or retained as a consultant by a public or private employer.

    Accepted programs of study include the following: Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Geology, Biology, Chemistry, Hydrogeology, Hydrology, Earth Science, Natural Resource Management, Ecology, Soil Sciences, Water Resources, Toxicology, Wetland Science, Engineering (Civil, Environmental, Chemical, Mechanical, Agricultural), and Other Related Degreed Environmental Programs.

    We ask that you assist us in publicizing the availability of the scholarships. If you know of students who meet our criteria, or professors, department chairs or personnel in financial aid offices at the universities you have attended, please inform them of the availability of the scholarship fund and direct them to EPOC's website. Please feel free to forward this e-mail to those who may be interested.

    For further information about the EPOC Scholarship Fund, contact Seth Molofsky at (860) 537-0337 or Email: epoc@epoc.org.


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Seth Molofsky, Executive Director
Phone: (860) 537-0337, Fax: (860) 603-2075

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