The Case for the Massachusetts Energy & Environmental Literacy Plan (MEELP)
A cooperative effort of Agencies, Organizations, Business, Government, Community and our Commonwealth
If we want a Massachusetts of vital communities, prosperous and healthy families, and resilient ecosystems then we must build it atop a foundation of universal literacy about energy and the environment. To implement our hopes and dreams for a greener commonwealth we must start from a shared understanding of the science in the interconnected relationships among community, economy and the environment. When we are all literate about energy and our environment the choices we make will reflect an appreciation of the lasting impacts that our preferences and actions will have on others in the community, both locally and globally, and in the natural systems that support us.
Through education, innovation, stewardship, and an environmental ethic, Massachusetts’ citizens will have the tools to envision and achieve an enduring balance between the needs of society and the natural world. With energy and environmental literacy as a common basis, together we can create and support a thriving economy alongside a more sustainable environment in the Commonwealth.
The Massachusetts Energy & Environmental Literacy Plan (MEELP) will bridge and bond key work across the state in to support these key priorities:
· Green Communities: Nonprofit and informal community organizations and clubs can support an understanding of multiple uses and collective impact and how to balance needs across our community. Additionally, the plan will align and connect small scale or grass-root efforts across the state to maximize positive impacts.
· Green Economy: The plan will support business leaders to keep pace with industry and market trends as they relate to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and sustainability initiatives. This will help keep Massachusetts placed at the top across states for energy efficiency and position the Commonwealth to be prepared for changes to our environment, energy use and green economy.
· Green Education: Educators and agencies need to prepare all learners to understand and address multi-faceted environmental and community challenges. Massachusetts will produce graduates who are college and career ready and develop informed citizens able to make well-considered choices with positive environmental impacts.
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• Developmentally appropriate environmental education will be well integrated across the Pre-K-12 curriculum, including the new state science and other standards.
• Higher education will provide a similarly appropriate and integrated curriculum, have opportunities for environmentally-related research, and prepare students for environmental and STEM-focused careers.
• Teacher training and professional development programs for all educators will integrate environmental literacy goals.
• Career programs will offer job training specifically in environmentally-relevant and STEM -relevant fields, as well as integrate environmental-related components in a wide range of jobs not directly related to the environment.
• Informal learning environments such as after-school, camps, museums, zoos, and aquariums will enhance and promote environmental literacy.
• Businesses, government agencies, and NGOs, will consider and strive for positive environmental impacts in every decision, policy, or initiative they undertake.