Key Area 5

Ensuring Environmental Literacy through Funding and Support

Current Context

photo credit: JG BaribaultIn these economic times, support for any Environmental Literacy Plan requires examining opportunities for creating partnerships and identifying areas where multiple goals can be reached at the same time environmental literacy can be achieved.  Enhanced efforts to support environmental literacy will need to be funded through grants and funding streams outside of the state’s current funding systems. It is not expected that school administrative units will be able to devote financial resources to promote environmental literacy, no matter how compelling the case.  Environmental literacy partners must work together to make connections with STEM and other well-rounded education initiatives.


Many partners are necessary for the implementation and funding of the Environmental Literacy Plan. The Environmental Literacy Plan Advisory Committee must partner with universities, NHEE, state agencies, DOE, local businesses and industries, PTOs and PTAs, and nonformal EE centers. Implementation will require participation at every level from State agencies to school districts to individual teachers.

  • ELP Advisory Committee and the DOE will seek funding opportunities from a variety of granting sources.
  • ELP Advisory Committee will seek out partnerships with the business community around training for green jobs.
  • ELP Advisory Committee will work with STEM collaborative to seek funding for professional development.
  • Nonformal centers will work with local schools to identify local funding sources.
  • Grant opportunities around developing and building outdoor classroom or schoolyard habitat will be shared with the school community.
  • ELP Advisory Committee will develop a process to promote, implement and monitor the ELP by working through their various agencies and networks.

Short Term Outcomes:

  • Professional development opportunities that are aligned with STEM and other initiatives will be sought out.
  • Funding sources will be located to assist schools in creating field experiences and environmentally focused field trips.
  • Educational organizations incorporate appropriate sections of the ELP into their mission, goals and/or strategic plan.

Medium Term Outcomes:

  • Strengthen State agency’s commitment to providing EE professional development and classroom materials support.

Long Term Outcomes:

  • Fully funded opportunities for professional development supporting environmental literacy are provided.
  • All students have field experiences at nonformal EE centers and in their schoolyard.
  • Schools support the implementation of the ELP into school learning programs and practice.

photo credit: Appalachian Mountain Club