A GreenPrint for Minnesota: State plan for environmental education, third edition is the state plan for environmental education for 2008-2018. It was developed by the Environmental Education Advisory Board and supporting staff with input from the environmental education community. GreenPrint, third edition is designed to serve those of you who educate, provide funds, develop programs, support efforts, and set policies that affect environmental education in Minnesota.
Minnesota has a strong history of environmental education and the state plan is an integral part. GreenPrint, third edition and the three state plans before it have all been written to help educators bring their audiences closer to the state goals for environmental education (Minn. Stat. § 115A.073). Because of the evolving nature of environmental education, GreenPrint, third edition also recommends that environmental educators target their programs and plans toward achieving environmental literacy for all Minnesotans.
The EE community is growing, as is the array of topics being taught. As Minnesotans seek ways to lessen their impacts on the natural world, the educational needs of sustainability topics such as energy efficiency, living locally, organic foods, transportation, green building, and climate change need to be met. The more we teach environmental education based on the understanding of natural and social systems and their interrelationships, the more issues environmental education includes and the more people needed to provide and support education on them.
As you jump into GreenPrint, third edition, whether as a policymaker or an on-the-ground educator, please make good use of the document by marking up the pages with notes, dog-earing corners and highlighting pieces until they glow. No plan, especially one as important as this one, should ever look brand new.
Perspectives on using the GreenPrint at many different levels of education.
How do you use the GreenPrint? Educators share how they use the GreenPrint in their environmental education efforts.
- Sarah Erickson, Education Director, Great Lakes Aquarium; MAEE Board Member
- Sandy Gunderson, County Educator, Becker County Environmental Services
- Dawn Flinn, Education Coordinator, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
- Steve Skoog, Administrator, Becker County Environmental Services
Overview: How do you use the GreenPrint?
Sarah Erickson, Education Director, Great Lakes Aquarium; MAEE Board Member
Sandy Gunderson, County Educator, Becker County Environmental Services
Dawn Flinn, Education Coordinator, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Steve Skoog, Administrator, Becker County Environmental Services
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- Tracking progress toward the environmental education outcomes in GreenPrint, third edition
- Minnesota state plans for environmental education: 1972-present
- Acronyms in environmental education
- Inclusive environmental education: General guidelines for encouraging and including diversity in your audience (PDF)