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Take Action for the Environment

The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) is pleased to announce a pilot program -- Take Action for the Environment -- for high schools in South Carolina.

The mission of the "Take Action for the Environment" program is to provide South Carolina-specific support to the AP and/or environmental science high school course curriculum focusing on relevant environmental issues -- including solid waste (reduction and recycling), air and water.

 

Program Goals

The objectives of this program are to:

  • improve student environmental literacy;
  • improve teacher environmental literacy in areas of South Carolina-specific information; and
  • establish a sustainable partnership and build an environmental support network.

The program's measurable goals include the following.

Goal 1

  • Students take an on-line pre and post environmental literacy survey focusing on:
    • awareness of environmental issues and role of one’s self in the natural world;
    • deeper understanding and knowledge of natural and social systems and their interactions and connections;
    • developing an attitude of concern or appreciation, and Eco-ethics, for the environment;
    • building physical and mental skills (e.g., GPS, problem solving, inquiry, environmental monitoring, technology, communication); and
    • taking positive action (e.g., self esteem, service learning, place-based projects).
  • Students and teacher (s) design and start an environmental service project

Goal 2

The program will:

  • provide teachers with relevant DHEC “Action for a cleaner tomorrow ” curricula/materials aligned to course standards;
  • provide related environmental education training as requested and needed;
  • conduct at least two on-site planning visits, and conference calls as needed; and
  • recognize teachers effectively implementing the program.

Goal 3

Program participants will:

  • sign an Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between all key partners;
  • assign county and/or local mentors to assist the project with DHEC/SCDE oversight; and
  • recognize students, mentors, schools and districts for excellence in environmental education.

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Program Partners

This program is offered through a partnership between DHEC, the S.C. Department of Education (SCDE) and county recycling coordinators as well as participating high schools and their districts.

 

 


This Web page was last updated on May 2, 2013.