EE WEEK 300FRANKFORT, Ky. (4/18/13) – Governor Steve Beshear joined U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and hundreds of organizations nationwide in recognizing the value of environmental education and collaboration. The Governor has officially proclaimed April 14-20 as Environmental Education Week.
 
“Environmental Education Week is a wonderful time to focus on learning opportunities in K-12 classrooms, on university campuses and at settings such as nature centers, zoos, aquariums and museums,” said Gov. Beshear. “It also draws attention to environmental education taking place in America’s classrooms on Earth Day, April 22, and to the value of year-round learning about environmental stewardship.”
 
In the Commonwealth, environmental education is coordinated by the Kentucky Environmental Education Council (KEEC), a state agency within the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.
 
KEEC Executive Director Elizabeth Schmitz thanked the Governor for his support.
 
“Whether in the K-12 setting or as a lifelong learner, everybody can benefit from high-quality environmental education,” said Schmitz. “Being an interdisciplinary field, environmental education engages students in the real world, underscoring the importance of healthy living and civic engagement, and shows the connection between the environment and the classroom.”
 
According to experts in the field, countless careers of the next generation will be related to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The STEM subject areas can be major components of Environmental Education Week lessons and activities.
 
“There are many connections between STEM education and environmental education,” said Schmitz. “Examples include students using instruments to measure pH levels, designing solutions to environmental problems, and calculating tons of paper gathered as a result of a student-led recycling program”
 
National Environmental Education Week is coordinated by the National Environmental Education Foundation, a congressionally-chartered independent nonprofit that provides objective environmental information. This is the ninth National Environmental Education Week since its inception in 2005. Last year, more than 20 states officially proclaimed an Environmental Education Week.
 
For more information about National Environmental Education Week, visit www.eeweek.org. To contact the KEEC, visit http://keec.ky.gov or call toll-free (800) 882-5271.
 
SurfKY News
Information provided by Kim Brannock
Photo provided by SurfKY Graphics

e-max.it: your social media marketing partner

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

In Other News...

Apollo Doubles up Hancock County, Advances to Title Game

WHITESVILLE, Ky. (5/29/15) — Apollo doubled up Hancock County 12-6 in the semifinals of the Third Region Baseball… Read More

Register Today for Junior Golf Camp

OWENSBORO, Ky. (5/29/15) — The Owensboro Parks and Recreation Department is currently accepting registrations for its… Read More

Most Read This Week

May 27, 2015 7074

VIDEO: Sparks Fly Over Hanson Rezoning Issue

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
May 28, 2015 5736

Four Charged with Burglary for Entering Elderly…

by SurfKY News
May 25, 2015 4007

Can Sunscreen Save Your Life?

by Melissa Patrick
May 27, 2015 3939

Midnight Ride on Rabbit Ridge Ends in Jail

by SurfKY News
May 26, 2015 3323

Mandarin House Gearing Up to Open Soon

by Gary Gates, SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

May 15, 2015 11082

New Madisonville Business In Full Operation Soon

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
May 23, 2015 8329

Missing 5-Year-Old Boy Found

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

May 29, 2015 1499

Hopkins County Grand Jury Indictments

by SurfKY News
May 29, 2015 1108

KSP Seeks Public Help in Locating Wanted Man

by SurfKY News
May 29, 2015 1080

Two Hopkins Countians to Receive MERR Scholarships

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
May 29, 2015 826

Hopkins County Sheriff's Reports Released

by SurfKY News
May 29, 2015 563

Blessing of the Bikes

by SurfKY News
May 29, 2015 490

NCM Motorsports Park Breaks Ground on Holley…

by National Corvette Museum
May 29, 2015 450

Market Commentary - May 29, 2015

by Randall L. Franklin
May 29, 2015 438

Boyd Advances to Eugene in Close Call at NCAA…

by UK Athletics