The USA TODAY reporting team worked with academic researchers to pool government data on industrial polluters near 127,800 schools. What they found was incredible -- in thousands of schools, the models indicated that the air outside could be at least twice as toxic as the air in nearby neighborhoods. In some cases, the difference reached 10 times higher.
Having honored over 120 journalists since 2006, The Grantham Prize for Excellence in Environmental Reporting came to a close in October 2012. In partnership with the Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting, Jeremy and Hannelore Grantham established The Grantham Prize in 2005 to increase public understanding of environmental issues and recognize those journalists whose reporting had the potential to effect change. With The Grantham Foundation's support, the Prize played an important role in helping to ignite broad interest in high-quality environmental reporting.
The Grantham Foundation shifted its collaboration with Metcalf Institute to support improved news coverage of the environment through the Institute’s science training programs for journalists. Click here to learn more about Metcalf Institute training programs and resources for reporters.
From 2006 to 2012, The Grantham Prize honored journalists whose coverage of significant environmental issues had the potential to inspire substantive change on a local, regional, national, or international level.
Up to three Awards of Special Merit were given in each year of the prize to recognize the runners-up for The Grantham Prize.