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Building a Global Network to Strengthen Environmental Education.

This past May, UK NAEE partnered with the North American Association of Environmental Education (NAAEE), the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) and the Environmental Protection Administration of Taiwan (EPA Taiwan) to launch the Global Environmental Education Partnership (GEEP) in Bristol, UK. The event was hosted by NAEE's President Bill Scott, and attracted nearly 50 environmental education practitioners to the At-Bristol Science Centre, all eager to hear how the GEEP could help support their work.

In Bristol, we discussed the many opportunities offered through the GEEP and learned about the exciting environmental education work happening throughout the UK. The GEEP aims to highlight excellence in environmental education and help strengthen our collective work in this field--whether it is showcasing new thinking in climate change education programming, how to strengthen EE policy at the national level or foster strategic partnerships. This global partnership is led by US EPA, EPA Taiwan, NAAEE, and an exemplary group of advisors (see thegeep.org/steering-committee).

Environmental education leaders from around the world are helping to shape the GEEP. They recognize that although there is an abundance of innovative EE happening around the world, there is no easy, centralized way to know what is happening and to easily share success and learn from each other. By showcasing and sharing tools, resources and effective practices, and by building a vibrant learning network, the GEEP aims to better support environmental education leaders, to elevate the impact of education in addressing environmental and social issues.

The GEEP focuses on three specific areas:

* Build capacity to advance global policy and practice in environmental education

* Foster strategic partnerships to create a 'network of networks' resulting in a stronger global environmental education community

* Promote Innovation through a Global Think Tank focused on EE

In the months following our UK launch event, the GEEP team has been working to connect the GEEP website to NAAEE's online learning platform, eePRO, to create the GEEP eePRO website:

naaee.org/eepro/geep

This website will serve as a central hub for environmental education initiatives happening around the world and provide opportunities to network with other leaders, a free resource available to anyone interested. Once you register, you will be able to post resources and comments.

We are also working to develop a series of global GEEP case studies, which will be accessible to anyone who is part of the GEEP.

Please sign up for the GEEP eePRO site. And let us know if you have any ideas for case studies that we can share. The GEEP is only as strong as the network it attracts; the more people who join and share, the more we can build a global network of ideas in our field.

Melissa Hopkins Taggart North American Association of Environmental Education

More information

Visit the website or email info@thegeep.org.

Caption: An international contingent: members of the GEEP advisory group

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Title Annotation:Bristol: GEEP launch
Author:Taggart, Melissa Hopkins
Publication:Environmental Education
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Date:Sep 22, 2016
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