Summit Proceedings and Action Plan
From October 14-15, 2010, more than 230 leaders participated in the Ecology and Education Summit held at the National Education Association auditorium in Washington DC. 27 States, Canada, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia were represented.
The first set of Summit proceedings are now ready for public view:
Watch videos of the welcome, keynote speakers and panels.
During the Summit, participants were invited to jot down their reflections on what environmental literacy means and how they might recognize an environmentally literate person. The reflections were posted around auditorium walls during the Summit. Their reflections are transcribed here for you.
C) Action Plan
The Decadal Action Plan that emerged from the Ecology and Education Summit on the theme Environmental Literacy for a Sustainable World is a product of a workshop held October 15-16, 2010. The workshop immediately followed a day and a half of discussions by 200 attendees at the Summit. Workshop participants represented a very broad range of sectors, interests and audiences. Participants were challenged to identify action items of strategic level significance along the five themes of the Summit. The Summit urged all who are concerned about the health of society and ecosystems to think about ways to accelerate environmental literacy far beyond what we have been able to achieve in the past 40 years since Earth Day 1970.
How to use the Document
The document is a set of action items that correspond to the Summit themes. It articulates key items that key leaders strongly believe would make critical changes in the way we work together across sectors, interests and audiences. When looking at the action items, we invite you to think of ways in which your existing programs can be connected with others to achieve the strategic outcomes. While it is very broad, we recognize that it is not comprehensive either: these are action items that workshop participants believe they can commit to. Thus, participants understood that there may be significant gaps in the Action Plan.
The Action Plan is a work in progress. Each action item has an objective, rationale and audience identified. Some items include timelines and notes to better clarify the action item. What you find here has been updated since the Summit. Further updates will be provided periodically. Leaders for each action item have also been named. Individuals interested in more information or becoming involved in any of the action items should contact the respective leaders directly.
General inquiries? Or if you believe there are significant gaps, please contact:
Project Director, Ecology and Education Summit
Director, Education and Diversity Programs
Ecological Society of America