About the Campaign for Environmental Literacy
The Campaign for Environmental Literacy was formally established in February 2005
as a response to the environmental education (EE) community's most vital
political need: concerted support from the federal government.
The timing for such an initiative is opportune. Washington, D.C.'s current
atmosphere of partisan deadlock provides a strong incentive for both political
parties to seek out less partisan and controversial issues in which progress
can clearly be demonstrated. EE, with its history of outstanding levels of bipartisan
support both in Congress and throughout American households, presents one such
exceptional opportunity. Most importantly, the EE field itself is poised and
ready to engage in building a broad-based movement among its extraordinarily
diverse and influential proponents, practitioners, and supporters.
The Campaign operates under the umbrella of a fiscal agent, Public
Interest Projects (PIP), and has been funded to date by the generous
support of the Curtis and Edith Munson Foundation, Mary Kay, Inc., the
Tortuga Foundation, Marisla Foundation, Wendling Foundation, the
Alaska Conservation Foundation, and The Ocean Foundation. Our staff is based in Washington, D.C.,
with James L. Elder serving as the Campaign's coordinator and liaison
to both the funding and EE communities.
The Campaign aims to help organize and mobilize
the collective tools and assets of the EE community in order to secure federal
support and encouragement for vibrant, integrated EE programs across the nation.
Simply put, our goal is to significantly increase the amount of federal funding
dedicated to the EE community. We are certain that this emphasis will be instrumental
in closing the growing environmental literacy gap.
By striving to reach this primary goal, the Campaign will significantly increase
the quantity and quality of environmental education across the country. This
will in turn help young people in two vital ways:
- EE prepares students for the 21st century, a period in which they will be
required to solve our most daunting environmental and sustainability challenges.
- EE programs demonstrably improve student performance and test scores in