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Dear Colleague,

Please join me in sending the below letter that requests funding for the FY19 National Environmental Education Act (NEEA) for $8.7 million, the same funding as in previous years. NEEA programs include:

·         The Health & Environment program works to improve public health by providing information to health care providers to advance environmental health literacy;

·         Project Learning Tree (PLT) is an environmental education program that trains more than 500,000 and reaches approximately 26 million students about forests, energy, wildlife, water, community planning, and waste management.

·         The Environmental Education and Training Partnership delivers environmental education training to a consortium of universities and non-profit organizations that are nationally recognized leaders in environmental education;

·         National Public Lands Day is one of the nation’s largest volunteer efforts that attracts thousands of volunteers in every congressional district to enhance our nation’s public lands;   

·         The Green Business Network is a leading information resource on how to align environmental responsibility with business success.

I hope you will join me in supporting this highly leveraged program that helps facilitate learning in all of our communities.
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Jared Polis

Member of Congress


The Honorable Ken Calvert


Committee on Appropriations, US House of Representatives

Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Committee on Appropriations

Washington, D.C. 20515

The Honorable Betty McCollum

Ranking Member

Committee on Appropriations, US House of Representatives

Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Committee on Appropriations

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Chairman Calvert and Ranking Member McCollum:

We greatly appreciate your past support for funding the National Environmental Education Act (NEEA), providing funding for this program at $8.7 million in recent years. We respectfully request that the Subcommittee on Interior and Environment continue its
support for environmental education projects using the formula in NEEA by funding this successful program at $8.7 million in the Fiscal Year 2019 appropriations bill.

  • Since 1990 the NEEA has been a highly effective, non-regulatory tool for improving student performance in science and math and protecting public health.
  • Utilizes public-private partnerships to highly leverage scarce resources.
  • Reduces reliance on regulations to conserve and protect precious natural resources
  • The program helps build 21st century skills and promote job training, innovation, and leadership skills.
  • NEEA utilizes public-private partnerships to highly leverage scarce federal resources.
  • This program achieves the statutory goal of educating millions of Americans with science-based information that spurs action to create healthy, livable communities that attract jobs. 

Programs funded through this law have far-reaching and well-documented positive impacts. They enable citizens from all walks to make informed, scientifically sound decisions regarding energy consumption, water quality and conservation, and energy efficiency
at homes, schools, and the work place. They provide practical applications for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Research indicates that this type of STEM education increases critical thinking and the problem solving skills necessary to foster
innovation and keep America competitive in a fiercely global economy.

NEEA Grants have been awarded in all 50 states totaling nearly 4,000 grants that support high quality, high impact educational programs that address local priorities and needs. With support from the NEEA, the National Environmental Education Foundation has
partnered with 20 national companies, including Toyota, International Paper, Baxter International, Price Waterhouse and others to demonstrate that environmental education improves the bottom line in sustainability and employee recruitment and retention, producing
millions of dollars of savings. The North American Association for Environmental Education helps ensure that by the time students graduate high school they are equipped with the knowledge and skills to address pressing social, economic, and environmental challenges.
Project Learning Tree, a program of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, demonstrably improves student achievement.

Thank you for your consideration of our request to fund NEEA programs at $8.7 million for Fiscal Year 2019.

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