The Project Learning Tree Network is reporting that legislation was introduced today (Sept. 23) in Congress to reauthorize the National Environmental Education Act (NEEA). Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (NY) introduced the bill in the Senate and Representatives Jared Polis (CO) and Michael Castle (DE) introduced the companion bill in the House (H.R. 6194).
NEEA is the law that authorizes the EPA Office of Environmental Education, the Environmental Education and Training Program (EETAP, a national training grant program), environmental education grants and gellowships and much more all through the Environmental Protection Agency. The law has not been reauthorized since it was first enacted in 1990 and has not seen an increase in funding for more than a decade. The reauthorization would revise the law to take into account the movement on environmental literacy efforts and training for “green” jobs—a growing field.