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Oregon Environmental Literacy Task Force

Oregon Environmental Literacy Plan

For more information about the Oregon Environmental Literacy Plan, please contact Traci Price

Establishing Authority

The Oregon Environmental Literacy Task Force was created when House Bill 2544 (2009 Session) was signed into law.

Purpose

House Bill 2544, also known as the “No Child Left Inside Act,” created the eleven-member Oregon Environmental Literacy Task Force. The Task Force is charged with developing the Oregon Environmental Literacy Plan and reporting back to the Legislature by October 1, 2010. 

Responsibilities

As part of the Oregon Environmental Literacy Plan, the Task Force is charged with several tasks, including: 

  • Preparing students to understand and address the major environmental challenges facing Oregon and the United States;
  • Help establish programs that promote healthy lifestyles through outdoor recreation and sound nutrition;
  • Create professional development opportunities for teachers to improve their knowledge of environmental issues and skills in teaching about environmental issues.

The Legislature directed the Oregon Environmental Literacy Plan to identify:
 
  1. Academic content standards; 
  2. The relationship of the plan to high school diploma requirements; 
  3. How environmental literacy will be measured; 
  4. Professional development program options; 
  5. A plan for implementation; and 
  6. How to partner with Oregon public schools. 

Membership

The task force consists of 11 members as follows: a member who is appointed by the Superintendent of Public Instruction; a member who represents a nonprofit organization that advances environmental education in Oregon and who is appointed by the Governor; a member who represents a local park and recreation association that provides environmental education in Oregon and who is appointed by the Governor; a member who represents the Institute for Natural Resources created under ORS 352.239 and who is appointed by the Chancellor of the Oregon University System; the Director of the Department of Environmental Quality, or a designee; the State Parks and Recreation Director, or a designee; the State Fish and Wildlife Director, or a designee; the Director of the Department of State Lands, or a designee; the State Forester, or a designee; the Director of Agriculture, or a designee; and a member who represents the marine industry, as appointed by the State Marine Director. 


2011 Environmental Literacy Task Force Agendas, Meeting Notes and additional documents. These documents are posted by ODE as a courtesy. 

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