The Midwest Environmental Education Conference (MEEC) is comprised of environmental educators from Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. This bi-annual conference provides a forum for bring educators together to discuss EE best practices, to network and to share our successes. This year's theme is: Promoting Access to Environmental Educational Experiences. This theme is tied directly to “Wisconsin’s Plan for Environmentally Literate and Sustainable Communities” – our state strategic plan for environmental literacy – which sets forth five goals for the state of Wisconsin. Goal #2 is “promote access to environmental education experiences needed to support environmental literacy and sustainable communities at home, work, school, and play.
- Sustainable Foods – How are we promoting access to and educating about locally and sustainably produced foods in the Midwest?
- Climate Change – How are we providing education about the realities of Midwest climate change – especially as it relates to the Great Lakes? What are the challenges to and successes of education about climate change?
- Environmental Justice – How are we promoting access to and educating about environmental issues faced by undeserved audiences? How are we reaching our most undeserved audiences with the information and tools they need? How are we addressing barriers, using inclusive language, and providing access to natural areas?
- Reduce, Renew, Refresh – How are we promoting access to and educating ourselves about our own success stories? How are we advocating for our profession and our professional mission?