In 2018, new state science standards were adopted by the Arizona state board of education after public feedback from educators, content experts, community members, and other stakeholders. These new standards include changes related to science content, learning standards, and connections between science and other subjects.
California Regional Environmental Education Community
Through the California Regional Environmental Education Community, this program offered a one-time allocation of $4M that has been used to promote state-level environmental education guidelines and to help teachers implement them, while additional funding is dedicated to grants for teachers and schools.
This bill would amend California’s adopted science curriculum to include “coursework including material on the causes and effects of climate change” from grades 1-12 starting no later than the 2021-22 school year.
Administered by the California Department of Education and funded with Environmental License Plate Funds, school districts, other local schools, state agencies other than the State Department of Education, and community organizations are eligible for grant funding to support programs with long-term educational benefits to California educators and students, with support going primarily to professional development for teachers.
This program was designed to support outdoor environmental education at state parks and other public land. Funding will be available to public organizations and will come from the state as well as private donors, with an estimated $10 million per year towards this program.
Great Outdoors Colorado Inspire/Generation Wild Initiative
Great Outdoors Colorado created the Inspire Initiative to support the development of 15 coalitions of organizations joining together to address structural barriers to youth getting outside in their communities with emphasis on collaboration between organizations. Total program funding is $27.6 million towards these coalitions.
This grant program is a conduit for public or private gifts, grants, or donations to be dispersed to organizations and schools, with an emphasis on outdoor learning for urban and/or low-income youth was funded with $100,000 within its first year.
Through these new standards, The Maryland State Board of Education requires that each public school student be environmentally literate before they graduate from high school, making Maryland the first state in the USA to approve environmental literacy as a graduation requirement.
This act includes the Maryland Association of Environmental and Outdoor Education into the state budget, mandating about $1.6 million over five years to support the Maryland Green School program with the goal of increasing the number of green schools in the state.