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Phoenix Awarded Grant from the National Fish and Wildlife FoundationPhoenix Awarded Grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation<div class="ExternalClassB6B2276C7C9F401BA5FB763DC8D1429F"><p>​The city of Phoenix Neighborhood Services Department has been awarded $30,000 as a recipient of The Five Star and Urban Waters grant from The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) for a Greening Wilson Elementary School District Project.  </p><p>The city will partner with Watershed Management Group, Wilson School District, Support Sky Harbor Coalition, Arizona State University (ASU) and Artlink to implement a neighborhood green infrastructure project that will support the revitalization of the Sky Harbor neighborhood.</p><p>"We are honored to be one of the 53 grants awarded by the NFWF," said Chris Hallett, director of the city's Neighborhood Services Department.  "Our project focuses on building the capacity of residents and students to improve their neighborhood by engaging them in a series of educational workshops and an improvement project at the Wilson Elementary School campus."  </p><p>Students and residents will be educated on native plants and how to capture rainwater to sustain them.  In addition, residents and students will be engaged in the construction of the rain garden at Wilson School. The rain garden will provide much needed shade to students walking to school.  ASU will evaluate the rain garden to be able to better understand the impacts of garden in addressing the Urban Heat Island.  Project activities include planting 15 trees, planting 75 shrubs, removing 30 bags of trash and more.  </p><p>The Five Star and Urban Waters 2014 winners were selected from a highly competitive pool of more than 200 applications.  These projects must involve a high degree of partnership between local government agencies, elected officials, community groups, businesses, schools and environmental organizations for improving local water quality and restoring important fish and wildlife habitats.  Fifty three projects were awarded funding totaling $1.8 million; two of the 53 were given to projects in Arizona.  The other local grant recipient was the University of Arizona Board of Regents, who received $29,209.40 for a "Making Space for Monarchs and Students in Phoenix" project.</p><p>For additional information on the grant recipients, visit the <a href="http://nfwf.org/whoweare/mediacenter/pr/Pages/five-star-pr-14-0731.aspx#.U-O47WM1AoM">National Fish and Wildlife Foundation website</a>.  </p></div>8/18/2014 8:00:00 PMStephanie Romero, stephanie.romero@phoenix.gov602-261-8512