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.
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.
- 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
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.
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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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.