Starting next year, a new federal awards program will honor K-12 teachers who bring an innovative approach to environmental education and use “green” topics as a context for learning, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced yesterday.
The news comes as just last month, the Obama administration launched a new Green Ribbon Schools program. It also comes as we just published a story about apparent momentum building around the promotion of environmental literacy in schools.
“This awards program will highlight and encourage innovative ways to getter integrate environmental issues into our young people’s everyday learning experiences—helping to turn environmental education into environmental action,” said EPA Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe in a press release.
Two teachers from EPA’s ten regions will be selected to receive the Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators, a program jointly developed by the EPA and the White House Council on Environmental Quality. You can find more details here.
A version of this news article first appeared in the Curriculum Matters blog.