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Developing an Environmental Literacy Plan (ELP) is part of USEE’s vision to build a culture of environmental literacy, knowledge, and action to create a sustainable future for Utah. Environmental education is the practice through which environmental literacy can be achieved. Learners of all ages in Utah should have the opportunity to participate in environmental education programs, to help cultivate their knowledge, build connections to the natural world and develop the skills to make sound decisions regarding the environment.

ELPs provide statewide guidance on environmental education and literacy. These vary in nature from state to state. For example, some have mandates for state standards or graduation requirements and some are simply guidance documents. USEE spearheaded an ELP effort in the early 2010s. Given recent developments at the state level, including Utah’s Every Kid Outdoors Initiative, new state standards for science and outdoor recreation, and the increased attention on the benefits of outdoor learning brought about by the Coronavirus pandemic, now is the time to reinvigorate these efforts.

This spring, USEE conducted listening sessions, receiving feedback from over 80 individuals, to inform the development of an ELP for Utah. These responses have informed this survey and your further input will help us determine our next steps as we develop an ELP for Utah. This survey will take 15-20 minutes to complete.

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