Support Budget Amendments for Virginia’s Environmental Education

 Environmental education combines many disciplines and builds teamwork as well as high-level thinking and problem-solving skills. Yet there is no one in the state to coordinate environmental education efforts, as Virginia’s Office of Environmental Education was dispersed several years ago due to budget cuts. 

By providing funding to reinvigorate a Virginia Office of Environmental Education, legislators can support local school districts and advance Virginia’s STEM efforts, with the goal of creating a workforce ready to be successful in the high-paying and in-demand jobs of the future.

 We urge legislators to support budget amendments that provide funding for two environmental education coordinator positions and reinvigorate Virginia’s Office of Environmental Education.

Support Environmental Education by sending an email in support of the budget amendments to the Virginia Senate Finance & Appropriation Committee and Virginia House Appropriation Committee

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I would like to voice my support for the Environmental Literacy Budget Amendments 374 #2s and 374 #2h.

These budget amendments support two positions in the Office of Environmental Education to develop and implement a Virginia Strategic Plan for environmental literacy in collaboration with the Department of Education, the Science Museum of Virginia STEM program, and other relevant stakeholders.These positions will also work with local districts to connect them to the curriculum resources, professional development, and local programs to offer these types of learning opportunities to all students.

Thank you for your consideration of this and I hope you will support these amendments.

Thank you,


Senator Janet D. Howell 
Senator Richard L. Saslaw
Senator Thomas K. Norment, Jr
Senator Emmett W. Hanger, Jr.
 Senator L. Louise Lucas 
Senator Stephen D. Newman
Senator Frank M. Ruff, Jr.
Senator Jill Holtzman Vogel 
Senator George L. Barker
Senator John S. Edwards 
Senator R. Creigh Deeds 
Senator Mamie E. Locke  
Senator J. Chapman Petersen 
Senator David W. Marsden
Senator Adam P. Ebbin
Senator Jennifer L. McClellan

Delegate Barry D. Knight
Delegate Terry L. Austin
Delegate James W. Morefield
Delegate C. Matthew Fariss
Delegate Glenn R. Davis
Delegate Robert S. Bloxom, Jr.
Delegate Emily M. Brewer
Delegate Daniel W. Marshall, III
Delegate M. Keith Hodges
Delegate Carrie E. Coyner
Delegate Scott A. Wyatt
Delegate William C. Wampler III
Delegate Luke E. Torian
Delegate Mark D. Sickles
Delegate Kenneth R. Plum
Delegate David L. Bulova
Delegate Betsy B. Carr
Delegate Delores L. McQuinn
Delegate Paul E. Krizek
Delegate C.E. Cliff Hayes, Jr.
Delegate David A. Reid
Delegate Sam Rasoul

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