As directed by the National Environmental Education Act of 1990, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the availability of approximately $11 million in funding for a multiyear cooperative agreement to develop and manage the National Environmental Education Training Program. Applications must be submitted by May 29.
“Training environmental educators on the latest science, technology and engineering is crucial not only to their engagement on the issues but also to inspiring the next generation of environmental educators,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler in a statement. “Through this cooperative agreement, we hope to increase the availability and understanding of scientific information to improve environmental decision making and promote a cleaner, healthier environment for all Americans.”
The purpose of the program is to develop and deliver environmental education training and long-term support to education professionals across the U.S. Applications must include proposals for national programs that will:
- Help train environmental educators.
- Increase distribution of quality materials.
- Improve non-formal education programs.
- Enhance coordination among environmental education organizations to help reduce duplication and costs.
- Increase the number of environmental educators.
- Increase public knowledge of the environment.
Only one cooperative agreement will be awarded to a U.S. institution of higher education, a not-for-profit institution or a consortium of such institutions. Applicants must provide non-federal matching funds or in-kind contributions of at least 25 percent of the total cost of the project.