Louisiana Environmental Education

A Vision for Environmental Literacy

Louisiana’s rich and dynamic environment encompasses a vast area of land, water, and culture that serve as the lifeblood of this great state. Making wise decisions about using these resources is therefore necessary for us to maintain both a healthy environment and a vibrant economy.

The shared vision of the Louisiana Department of Education and the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission is to cultivate a Louisiana citizenry that understands, feels connected to, and is inspired to protect, preserve, and restore our environment for present use and future sustainability.

This means that “environmentally literate” citizens will have the knowledge, tools, and sensitivity to thoughtfully explore environmental issues, select optimal actions to mediate problems, and routinely include the environment as a crucial element in their work, play, and daily life. Environmental literacy encompasses the fields of natural resources management and conservation, environmental quality, coastal restoration and protection, and environmental stewardship. It is through the understanding and appreciation of our natural environment that we will become better prepared citizens ready to make wise decisions regarding our natural resources. This vision supports actions that ensure all Louisianans have the opportunity to learn about and connect with nature in positive ways, developing informed and responsible stewards of our environment.

To foster an environmentally literate populace, citizens should:

  • have opportunities to experience and learn about our natural environment;
  • understand human impact on the environment;
  • develop a sense of stewardship towards the Earth and its finite resources; and,
  • choose actions that protect and nurture the natural environment.
There is no better time than now to support all Louisiana citizens with opportunity to become more connected to our natural world. All stakeholders will be empowered by improved access to information and experiences that lead to responsible practices benefitting our people and environment.

About the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission


 
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The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission (LEEC) is a body of 26 commissioners appointed by the Governor. Its members are educators and representatives from small businesses, industry, local municipalities, state agencies and environmental advocates. The mission of the commission is to create a comprehensive and balanced environmental education initiative that will result in an environmentally literate citizenry who will make informed decisions to effectively and constructively solve existing environmental problems, prevent new ones, and maintain a sustainable environment for future generations. Find commission materials, including a meeting minutes archive, on LDOE’s State Advisory Councils Page.

To receive updates about environmental education efforts and opportunities happening throughout the state, sign up for the bimonthly Environmental Education newsletter. If you have questions or would like more information about LEEC or environmental education initiatives at the Department, email environmentaleducation@la.gov.

2020-2021 Louisiana Environmental Education Commission Grants Program

The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission (LEEC) and the Department are accepting applications for the 2020-2021 Environmental Education Grants Program. Please consult the grant guidelines for Educator, Green Schools, Professional Development, and University Research for important details. The deadline to submit completed applications is April 6 at 5:00 p.m. CDT. Online applications are linked below.


2020 Art & Language Arts 

The 2020 LEEC Student Environmental Awareness Art and Language Arts Contest will feature the theme “Take it Outside! Explore Nature’s Classroom.” The Department encourages students to create works of visual and language arts that demonstrate the important role nature plays in education.

Winners will be selected from four age groups in both categories. First, second, and third place will receive a monetary prize and will be included in the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission 2021 calendar, which is printed and distributed throughout the state.

Entries must be postmarked by April 24, 2020.  Download the contest brochure and entry form for complete details. For more information, contact environmentaleducation@la.gov.