The pre-keynote remarks included an update by Jim Elder, Director of the Campaign for Environmental Literacy. on federal legislation. The good news is that money is starting to become available for higher education and sustainability concerns, thanks to the good work of Jim and others.
Jim gave an overview of FY10 results which included:
1) The University Sustainability Program (Department of Education) was funded as an “invitational priority” of the $28m FIPSE (Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education) Comprehensive Program. At least one project has received funding so far – “Mobilizing STEM Education for a Sustainable Future,” but there may be others. Note: STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
2) $10m is available from NSF (National Science Foundation) for Climate Change Education
3) $10m is available from NASA (National Atmospheric Sciences Administration) for Global Climate Change Education.