Cornell University

The Expanding Capacity in Environmental Education Project (EECapacity) encourages innovation by promoting the exchange of ideas among professionals with diverse perspectives. Funded by a generous grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EECapacity is the product of a cooperative agreement with the Cornell University Civic Ecology Lab. NAAEE is excited to partner with Cornell University to assist in establishing eight state consortia to bring practitioners that are committed to learning from each other, exchanging perspectives and participating in a series of workshops and online learning opportunities. Specifically, NAAEE is working on how to develop a research to practice component of the program that will help environmental education professionals everywhere understand how research supports practice.

EECapacity also provides grants and resources for enhancing leadership to states to develop a comprehensive plan to support regional environmental education and capacity building, organizational development, and strategic planning for members of NAAEE’s Affiliate Network, which includes 54 state, provincial, and regional affiliates throughout North America. Working with the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, or NCATE, the largest accrediting body for universities that train teachers, NAAEE is helping to incorporate environmental education guidelines into the accreditation process.

NAAEE also works with EECapacity on their Community Climate Change Fellowship program, which involves a creative and diverse group of educators and community leaders working to address climate change issues in their communities.