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Calendar No. 541
101st CONGRESS
2d Session
S. 1076
[Report No. 101-284]
A BILL
To increase public understanding of the natural environment and to advance
and develop environmental education and training.
May 11 (legislative day, APRIL 18), 1990
Reported with amendments
S 1076 RS
Calendar No. 541
101st CONGRESS
2d Session
S. 1076
[Report No. 101-284]
To increase public understanding of the natural environment and to advance
and develop environmental education and training.
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
May 18 (legislative day, JANUARY 3), 1989
Mr. BURDICK (for himself, Mr. CHAFEE, Mr. MITCHELL, Mr. MOYNIHAN, Mr. SIMON,
Mr. COHEN, Mr. CONRAD, Mr. JEFFORDS, Mr. BENTSEN, Mr. REID, Mr. LIEBERMAN,
Ms. MIKULSKI, Mr. ADAMS, Mr. KASTEN, Mr. SASSER, Mr. DODD, Mr. DASCHEL,
Mr. SARBANES, Mr. FOWLER, Mr. BIDEN, Mr. SANFORD, Mr. GORTON, Mr. BAUCUS,
Mr. KERRY, Mr. WIRTH, Mr. KOHL, Mr. ROCKEFELLER, Mr. BOREN, Mr. LEVIN,
Mr. GRAHAM, Mr. PELL, Mr. LAUTENBERG, Mr. BREAUX, and Mr. HARKIN) introduced
the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on
Environment and Public Works
May 11 (legislative day, APRIL 18), 1990
Reported by Mr. BURDICK, with amendments
[Omit the part struck through and insert the part printed in italic]
A BILL
To increase public understanding of the natural environment and to advance
and develop environmental education and training.
  Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United
  States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE AND TABLE OF CONTENTS.
  (a) TITLE. --This Act may be cited as the `National Environmental Education
  Act'.
  (b) Table of Contents-
Sec. 1. Short title and table of contents.
Sec. 2. Findings.
Sec. 3. Definitions.
Sec. 4. Office of Environmental Education.
Sec. 5. Environmental education and training program.
Sec. 6. Environmental education grants.
Sec. 7. Environmental internships and fellowships.
Sec. 8. Environmental education awards.
Sec. 9. Environmental Education Advisory Council and Task Force.
Sec. 10. Environmental Education Trust Fund.
Sec. 11. Authorization.
SEC. 2. FINDINGS.
  The Congress finds that--
  (1) Threats to human health and environmental quality are increasingly
  complex, involving a wide range of conventional and toxic contaminants in
  the air and water and on the land.
  (2) There is growing evidence of international environmental problems, such
  as global warming, ocean pollution, and declines in species diversity,
  and that these problems pose serious threats to human health and the
  environment on a global scale.
  (3) Effective response to complex environmental problems requires
  understanding of the natural environment and awareness of environmental
  problems and their origins, and the skills to solve these problems.
  (4) Development of effective solutions to environmental problems and
  effective implementation of environmental programs requires a well educated
  and trained, professional work force.
  (5) Current Federal efforts to inform and educate the public concerning
  the natural environment and environmental problems are not adequate.
  (6) Existing Federal support for development and training of professionals
  in environmental fields is not sufficient.
  (7) The Federal Government, acting through the Environmental Protection
  Agency, should work with local education institutions, State education
  agencies, not-for-profit educational organizations, noncommercial educational
  broadcasting entities, and private sector interests to support development of
  curricula, special projects, and other activities, to increase understanding
  of the natural environment and to improve awareness of environmental
  problems.
  (8) The Federal Government, acting through the coordinated efforts of its
  agencies and with the leadership of the Environmental Protection Agency,
  should work with local education institutions, State education agencies,
  not-for-profit educational organizations, noncommercial educational
  broadcasting entities, and private sector interests to develop and support
  methods, practices, and programs to assure the highest level of education
  and training, including technical and scientific skills, of professionals
  in environmental fields.
SEC. 3. DEFINITIONS.
  For the purposes of this Act, the term--
  (1) `Administrator' means the Administrator of the Environmental Protection
  Agency;
  (2) `Agency' means the United States Environmental Protection Agency;
  (3) `Federal agency' or `agency of the United States' means any department,
  agency or other instrumentality of the Federal Government, any independent
  agency or establishment of the Federal Government including any Government
  corporation;
  (4) `Secretary' means the Secretary of the Department of Education;
  (5) `local education agency' means any education agency as defined in
  section 198 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20
  U.S.C. 3381)  [Struck out->] and;  [] or  [] (d) [] shall  [] (d)  [] (e)  [] (1)  [] (2)  [] title,  []   (f) The Council shall, after providing for public review
 and comment, submit to the Congress, within twenty-four months of enactment
 and biennially thereafter, a report which shall-- []   (1) describe and assess the extent and quality of
 environmental education in the Nation's schools, colleges, and universities;
 []   (2) provide a general description of the activities
 conducted pursuant to this Act and related authorities over the previous
 two-year period; []   (3) summarize major obstacles to improving environmental
 education and make recommendations for addressing such obstacles; and
 []   (4) identify personnel skills, education, and training
 needed to respond to current and anticipated environmental problems and make
 recommendations for actions to assure sufficient educational and training
 opportunities in these professions. [] (g)  [] or conferences  [] (h)  [
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