Welcome to the Border Wide EE Conference Forums. Here, we provide a safe place to continue the conversations started at the 2008 BWEEC Conference. We have posted articles and information that we hope you will comment on and respond to, and we hope that this page will become an open forum for information and idea sharing in the time after the conference. Don't forget to share your thoughts! Come join the discussion and read, comment, and discuss. Your opinion matters! Click below on any of the subheadings to go to our forum site.
Creation of a NAAEE-Mexican Affiliate
During Day One of the BWEEC Conference, NAAEE Executive Director Brian Day, along with Gus Medina, co-chair of the Diversity Committee, led a 4-hour discussion about creating the first NAAEE Mexican Affiliate. The session generated enough momentum to spark the interest of key Mexican EE leaders at the national level. We would like to know: How do you feel about the creation of the first NAAEE Affiliate in Mexico? In your opinion, what is the best way to acheive this initiative? And thirdly, do you have any thoughts or suggestions? Click here to access this forum.
Funding for the Border Region
Funding has always been an issue facing Environmental Educators. In our global economy, it is getting more and more difficult to guarantee continuous funding, especially in the border regions. Factors such as convincing the local and national government that specific EE projects are necessary and justifying their impact on the local economy, getting stronger memberships, updating and evaluating personal needs and impacts of projects, continuing to create new activities and curriculums, having annual meetings to discuss different projects and efforts among members all across the region, exchanging networks and sharing experiences, and maintaining contact and communication among organizations, all contribute to the necessity of long-term funding. After seed money is gone, what next?
We would like to know: How do we, as Environmental Educators in the Border Region, ensure continuity of efforts and gain long-term sustainability in our projects? What role should government funding and other foundations’ financial support play in our organizations and schools?Click here to access this forum.
Guidelines for Excellence in Mexico
Factors such as cultural barriers, lack of funding and a difficulty in advancing work to the binational level all contribute to a lack of cohesion in environmental education programs. The NAAEE Guidelines for Excellence materials aim to help teachers and professionals develop high-quality products and use the publications for implementing comprehensive and effective EE programs.
Currently the Guidelines for Excellence in Environmental Education from NAAEE are being adapted into spanish to be more specific of the field of EE in Mexico. We would like to hear your input: ¿How do you think these guidelines should be applied in Mexico? Click here to access this forum.