2010 Ecology and Education Summit on Environmental Literacy for a Sustainable World in Washington D.C.

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Education and Human Resources Committee (EHRC)

Central Leadership:
Meg Lowman, Chair of EHRC, ESA (meg.lowman(at)ncdenr.gov)
Teresa Mourad, Director, Education and Diversity Programs, ESA (Teresa(at)esa.org)
Julie Reynolds, Chair of Education Section, ESA (julie.a.reynolds(at)duke.edu)

Melissa Armstrong (Melissa(at)esa.org)
Chris Beck (christopher.beck(at)emory.edu)
Catherine Cardelus (ccardelus(at)mail.colgate.edu)
Carmen Cid (CID(at)easternct.edu)
Jeff Corney (jcorney(at)umn.edu)
Samir Doshi (samir.doshi(at)mine.queensu.ca)
Charlee Glenn (Charlee(at)esa.org)
Leanne Jablonski (Leanne.Jablonski(at)notes.udayton.edu)
Ken Klemow (kklemow(at)wilkes.edu)
Mimi E. Lam (m.lam(at)fisheries.ubc.ca)
Aurora MacRae-Crerar (aurorama(at)sas.upenn.edu)
George Middendorf (gmiddendorf(at)howard.edu)
Rachel Muir (damzelfly(at)gmail.com)
Lina Oliveros (lina(at)esa.org)
Sonia Ortega (sortega(at)nsf.gov)
Bob Pohlad (bpohlad(at)ferrum.edu)
DC Randle (drandle55(at)msn.com)
Carlos de La Rosa (cdelarosa(at)catalinaconservancy.org)
Elaine Sun (jiajia(at)esa.org)

Summary of the Ecology and Education Summit

As the EHRC student representative I attended the Ecology and Education Summit on Environmental Literacy for a Sustainable World in Washington D.C. on October 14-15th, 2010.

This was the first-ever Ecology and Education Summit, hosted by both the Ecological Society of America and the National Education Association.

The goal of the Summit was to bring people together who believe in making the world a better place through civic engagement and sustainable environmental practices. A diverse range of people were represented, including, but not limited to, high school through graduate students, scientific researchers, educators, farmers, government officials, video game programmers and educational program directors. Essentially, the Summit an was an impressively wide-ranging brainstorming session focused on three major objectives:

  1. provide sustainability education for all;
  2. develop a green work force of diverse citizens; and
  3. bolster the economy and jobs through sustainability pathways (i.e. measures that conserve resources for future generations, and use best practices).

The EE Summit was proof that an environmentally sustainable world is possible if we work together creatively to achieve one.

Below are some highlights, and links to various resources that students may find helpful and inspiring:

Growing Power: non-profit organization and land trust promoting urban farming and affordable access to healthy food, founded by former professional basketball player, and ex-corporate sales leader turned farmer, Will Allen.

Will Steger Foundation: creates programs that foster international leadership and cooperation through environmental education and policy, founded by explorer, educator and environmentalist Will Steger.

Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Education Department: promotion of ecosystem literacy for students, policy makers, educators and the public.

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences: Expanding natural Science knowledge for the public.

U.S. Green Building Council: A non-profit community of leaders working to make green buildings available to everyone within a generation.

VMDO Architects: Specializes in designing educational institutions and has an unwavering commitment to designing environments that shape the way people live, learn, work, and play, and at their best, uplift the human spirit.

National Council of Churches: Ecoservice program for environmental and justice ministries.

National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis: NIMBioS, a place where appropriate mathematical and quantitative methods are developed and applied to biological systems and which has a strong education and outreach focus.

National Geographic Education Foundation: works to motivate and enable each new generation to become geographically literate.

Learn and Serve America: provides direct and indirect support to K-12 schools, community groups and higher education institutions to facilitate service-learning projects.

The National Academies: The Board on Science Education

Campaign for Environmental Literacy: provides the public with the tools to advocate for increased federal funding for environmental, ocean, conservation and sustainability education.


An in depth description of the Summit and its proceedings can be found at: http://www.esa.org/eesummit/

An Action Plan emerging from the Summit is currently in progress. Stay tuned!

Click here for a summary letter intended for use as a template for groups involved with and/or committed to the goals of the EE Summit.

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