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Celebrate National Environmental Education Week

By Samantha-Rae Tuthill, Staff Writer
April 22, 2012; 10:52 AM ET
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Leading up to Earth Day on April 22 is National Environmental Education Week (EE Week). The week is a sister program of Earth Gauge, an educational partnership between the National Environmental Education Foundation and the American Meteorological Society that focuses on the environment, weather and the climate.

The goal of EE Week is to encourage active environmental participation, as well as learning about ecology. Many of the week's programs are brought into schools to engage and educate children about how they can help take care of the planet. The theme for this year's EE Week is "Greening STEM: The Environment as Inspiration for 21st Century Learning." STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, four areas of study that EE Week organizers want students to incorporate into the way they look at the environment and the challenges facing it. With STEM, it is hoped that people will construct new and creative ways to approach environmental awareness and achieve solutions to modern problems.

Photo courtesy of Earth Gauge

EE Week will be using STEM to focus on several innovative topics this year, ranging from gardens, schoolyards, energy efficiency, water resources and more. AccuWeather is participating by having our own Earth Week dedication on our site. Each day a new Why Weather Matters tip will be posted, some of which will be contributed by Earth Gauge. Articles about studies and findings that relate to the environment, the ways you can make your life a little greener and information on the weather for scheduled Earth Day events can all be found in our Earth Day tab.

For more information on how you can participate in Greening STEM, visit

In what ways will you be participating in EE Week? Tell us in the comments or on Facebook.


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