Welcome to Vermont SWEEP: State-Wide Environmental Education Programs.
SWEEP is a coalition of dozens of organizations and individuals promoting environmental education in Vermont. SWEEP's purpose is to foster environmental appreciation and understanding in order to enable Vermonters to make responsible decisions affecting the environment
We welcome you to learn more about SWEEP, our members, and about environmental and sustainability education in Vermont. SWEEP members include environmental organizations, teachers & schools, outdoor educators, museums, farm & forest centers, nature centers, youth leaders, parents, and many others.
Join us for SWEEP's SPRING 2014 GATHERING
Thursday, March 20th from 3:45-7:00 p.m.
The Red School House on the Vermont Technical College campus
Presentations by the EPA sub-grantees: The Burlington Phenology Guild, Sustainability Leaders Network, and the Common Planet Professional Development Series
Discussion & Active Participation: Centering on a Vermont Sustainability and Environmental Literacy Community Education Plan (SELP)
And of course! Food, Refreshments and Time with super folks who are doing amazing work around Vermont!
Save the Date for the 2014 NEEEA Conference!:
in beautiful southern Maine
Three Vermont Organizations Awarded Grants to Improve Environmental Literacy
Three Vermont Organizations rose to the top of a highly competitive process and received $5,000 grants to increase awareness and knowledge about the environment. Grant funding came from the New England Environmental Education Alliance, which disbursed the grants through SWEEP. To make these grants, NEEEA received a $150,000 grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Almost 100 organizations across the region applied for 19 grants from NEEEA.
Other grantees include The Sharon Academy and Rock Point School. Sharon Academy, in partnership with the Sustainability Leaders Network (SLN), who will develop and pilot-test a semester-long “Biomimicry in the Upper Valley” high school science course to introduce students and teachers to a new and exciting way of looking at human innovation. Rock Point School will collaborate with Crow's Path, a nature-mentoring program; Our Curriculum Matters, a place-based education resource; Burlington High School; and the PLACE (Pace-based Landscape Analysis and Community Education) Program a partnership of Shelburne Farms and the University of Vermont. These organizations will offer formal and informal educators, students, and community members the opportunity to study the phenology of a place.
Together, the nineteen environmental education projects funded in New England will develop, test, and share new educational techniques and approaches that address critical environmental issues while advancing academic standards. Ultimately, the three Vermont projects will strengthen other organizations’ ability to develop and deliver environmental education programs, thereby helping the public to make informed decisions and take responsible actions that foster environmental health.
Roadmap to Environmental Literacy
The Roadmap to Environmental Literacy for Vermont
All sorts of Vermont businesses, organizations and communities are educating people about environmental issues, and many have developed model environmental initiatives in their practices. In partnership with Four Winds Nature Institute, SWEEP is leading a statewide effort to identify and celebrate environmental literacy in our towns, schools, work places. And to talk together to outline a road to action. To learn more about this project, visit: www.environmentalliteracyvt.org.
New England Environmental Education Alliance (NEEEA)
SWEEP is a member of the six state New England Environmental Education Alliance. Visit www.neeea.org