Environmental Education Council for the Californias (EECC)

The Exchange, with funding provided through the TEEM Project has worked for the past ten years with the Environmental Education Council for the Californias (EECC) which is a binational network of environmental research, policy, outreach, advocacy, and grassroots hands-on organizations. The Council has the mission of advancing a culture of sustainability in the region by addressing the environmental, economic, and social access issues surrounding environmental education in the Californias and focusing on increasing environmental awareness and understanding and the subsequent behavior leading to responsible action for the environment. The EECC draws its expertise from environmental education professionals throughout the region whose work is based on recent, high-quality scientific inquiry into the region's environmental challenges. The EECC is a binational network of environmental research, policy, outreach, advocacy, and grassroots organizations dedicated to advancing a culture of sustainability through environmental education in the California/Baja California border region. The EECC holds quarterly meetings open to all council members and the general public, with the purpose of sharing information and empowering EE organizations and projects throughout the region. The Environmental Education Council for the Californias was created in 1998 from the Environmental Education Blueprint of the Californias. The Blueprint was born out of the intense desire and frustration of the people of the Tijuana/San Diego border region to resolve serious issues of habitat loss, environmental degradation, and the deteriorating quality of life in the region. The Blueprint proposed three major tasks, one of which was to establish a specialized organization in the region that would direct its efforts toward educating different audiences about these issues. The Exchange has worked as a technical support for this project since its inception in 1999.