Restoring Funding for the EPA's Office of Environmental Education

Take Action: Tell Congress to Restore the EPA's Division of Environmental Education

The Environmental Protection Agency's Division of Environmental Education (OEE) has been zeroed out in the President’s FY2009 Budget for the seventh year in a row, eliminating resources for a key environment education program in the United States. This $9.2 million funding cut threatens once again to completely eliminate the EPA's Division of Environmental Education (DEE) along with an estimated $3 million in grants and $1.8 million in contracts that the DEE distributes the environmental education field.

In previous years, the House and Senate have nonetheless appropriated funds to continue operation of the DEE as a result of the community’s encouragement.  For example, twenty national EE organizations came together in 2007 to voice their support for the DEE in a letter to the leadership of the House and Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittees. Together, our message demonstrated a diverse, yet unified, show of support for the DEE.

As in the past, EE champions in Congress are also playing a vital role this year in our efforts to protect the  DEE's FY 2009 funding.

  • A key letter led by Representatives Walsh (R-NY) and Udall (D-CO) to Chairman Dicks of the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee brought the credibility and weight of twenty eight widely-respected Congressmen to our cause.
  • Another key bi-partisan support letter from 10 Senators, led by Senators Clinton (D-NY) and Collins (R-ME) has been delivered to leadership of the Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee.

These letters hold great promise to restore this important funding – if they are backed up by a substantial call from the public to their representatives to do so.

This is where your help is needed! We need you to contact your representatives and voice  support for restoring these funds – click here now to TAKE ACTION!