The GEEP was launched by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the Taiwan Environmental Protection Administration, and the North American Association for Environmental Education in 2014. Our founding partners have provided global leadership on a variety of environmental education topics, discussed in more detail below:
The International Environmental Partnership (IEP) was launched in April 2014 by the Environmental Protection Agency of Taiwan and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It aims to provide a platform to promote partnership between countries on key environmental issues such as children's health, environmental education mercury monitoring, environmental enforcement and compliance, remediation of contaminated sites, recycling of electronic devices, and climate change adaptation and mitigation.
The Environmental Protection Administration of Taiwan (EPAT) was founded in 1987 to promote blue skies and green earth, verdant mountains and pristine waters, and health and sustainability. EPAT employs a variety of results-driven objectives to accomplish this, and uses environmental education as a key strategy. In 2011, Taiwan adopted a visionary environmental education policy, The Environmental Education Act. This policy required all public sector and students of elementary and junior high schools to receive more than four hours of environmental education annually.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) was founded in 1970 to protect human health and the environment. The U.S. EPA uses environmental education is a key strategy to accomplish this mission. In 1990, the United States passed groundbreaking legislation,The National Environmental Education Act of 1990, which requires EPA to provide national leadership to increase environmental literacy. Learn more about the National Environmental Education Act here.
For more than four decades, the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) has promoted excellence in environmental education throughout North America and the world. Our mission is to advance environmental literacy and civic engagement to create a more equitable and sustainable future. With more than 20,000 members around the world, NAAEE is working as a force multiplier for environmental education by strengthening and increasing the visibility and efficacy of the profession.