Minnesota State Plans for Environmental EducationFor a field that is still considered to be in its infancy, environmental education has a long history in Minnesota. Minnesota has developed four formal state plans for environmental education since 1972.
Minnesota's first EE plan (1972)In 1971, by executive order, Gov. Wendell Anderson established the Minnesota Environmental Education Council. This group conducted a study that resulted in the first Minnesota state plan for environmental education published in 1972. The state plan was written to offer guidance and direction for educators, the EE community and government as they work towards the state's environmental education goals.
A GreenPrint for Minnesota: State Plan for Environmental Education (1993)After seeking input from nearly 1500 people, the Environmental Education Advisory Board, with staff of the Office of Environmental Education, published the second state plan in 1993: A GreenPrint for Minnesota: State Plan for Environmental Education.
The GreenPrint laid out policy, goals, strategies and recommendations for Minnesota environmental education. For the state to work comprehensively towards those goals, three priority outcomes were identified:
A GreenPrint for Minnesota, Second Edition (2000)A GreenPrint for Minnesota, Second Edition (800Kb)
In 1999, staff at the Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance, under the guidance of the Environmental Education Advisory Board (EEAB) began collecting input from the Minnesota environmental education community for the development of the next state plan. Staff and board members worked to update the GreenPrint, conducting regional and audience-based focus groups and a statewide EE survey. Input centered on the progress made since the original GreenPrint and the priorities and strategies that had emerged since then.
Seven statewide priorities emerged as outcomes to help Minnesotans reach the state's EE goals (Minn. Stat. § 115A.073).
A GreenPrint for Minnesota: State Plan for Environmental Education, Third Edition (2008)A GreenPrint for Minnesota, Third Edition (2.5Mb)
The most recent GreenPrint is a ten-year plan running through 2018. Its focus is offering guidance to those helping Minnesota citizens achieve the state goals for environmental education (Minn. Stat. § 115A.073) and ultimately attain environmental literacythe understanding of natural and social systems and their interactions. GreenPrint, third edition continues the tradition of furthering both individual program and statewide EE efforts.
The development of the current GreenPrint was conducted by staff of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency under the guidance of the Environmental Education Advisory Board. Input was sought from the environmental education community and interested individuals across Minnesota through six public input sessions, multiple email listservs and an online survey on the SEEK web site. Special attention was given to identifying leading challenges in environmental education.
To address these main challenges, four outcomes, listed in priority order, were developed for the EE community to work toward over the next 10 years.
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