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Minnesota Environmental Education Advisory Board

Also known as:
Environmental Education Advisory Board
Active dates:1990 - 2008
Function: Advises the director of the Environmental Education Office (within the Minnesota Department of Education) in initiating, developing, implementing, evaluating, and marketing informal environmental education programs; promoted state government and private sector policy consistent with environmental education programs; and may coordinate informal environmental education with the K-12 and postsecondary environmental education programs developed by the Department of Education and the state's postsecondary institutions. (Source: Official communication from the office of the governor of the state of Minnesota, 30 June 1992.)
History: Authorization repealed (1996 Minn. Laws Chap. 412 Art. 9, Sec. 20).

The Minnesota Environmental Education Advisory Board (EEAB) was created by the 1990 Environmental Education Act (M.S. 1998, Chapter 115A.072) to promote environmental literacy for all Minnesota citizens by advising the Governor, the MPCA, and state agencies and organizations on the implementation of Minnesota's state plan for environmental education including review of EE programs and policies. (from SOS Fiscal Year 2007 Annual Compilation and Statistical Report).

Historical information below is from SEEK (Sharing Environmental Education Knowledge) website 1/10/08:
*The Minnesota Legislature abolished MEEB (Minnesota Environmental Education Council?) and established an Office of Environmental Education and an Environmental Education Advisory Board in the State Planning Agency (1990).

In the late 1980's and early 1990's, the Legislative Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCMR) struggled to prioritize an ever growing number of education-related proposals. In 1990 the commission convinced the Legislature to fund development of a new state plan for environmental education. The old environmental education act was amended eliminating MEEB and its regional councils and creating a new Environmental Education Advisory Board (EEAB).

Using the input of the 1,500 or so people who contributed, the new board produced A GreenPrint, State Plan For Environmental Education that laid out environmental education policy and goals, and identified strategies by which these might be achieved, relying on the continuing activity of all the players. Since then a lot of work has gone into building an infrastructure that will support and guide implementation of the plan.

*The Minnesota Legislature abolished the State Planning Agency and transferred the Office of Environmental Education and the Environmental Education Advisory Board to the Department of Education (1992).

*The Legislature transferred the Environmental Education Advisory Board (EEAB) to the Office of Environmental Assistance (OEA), which had been hosting the EEAB since 1995 (1996).

Note from the EEAB website 12/08/08: The EEAB sunset as of June 30, 2008. The Environmental Education Advisory Task Force (EEATF) has been established to carry forward some of the work of the EEAB until the Board can be restored through the Legislative process.
Subordinate to:
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)
Membership: 17 members (commissioners of natural resources, agriculture, and education; directors of the Pollution Control Agency and State Planning Agency; chair of the Board of Water and Soil Resources; executive director of the Higher Education Coordinating Board, Board of Teaching and extension service; 8 citizen members appointed by the governor, one from each congressional district; 2 of the citizen members must be licensed teachers currently teaching in K-12 system); appointed by governor; per diem. (as of 1992)

Updated 1/10/08: The EEAB is a 20-member advisory board that meets the fourth Thursday every other month to deal with environmental education issues for all citizens. Click to find out about the board's members, meetings, projects, accomplishments, and more.
Record last updated: 01/19/2010
 

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