July 9, 2008
CONTACT: Gordon Ovenshine:
State bill strengthens SRU-based environmental center
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Pennsylvania General Assembly has approved a bill to strengthen the Slippery Rock University-based Pennsylvania Center for Environmental Education virtual resource center. The bill will establish a nine-member center governing board to provide additional leadership.
State Sen. Mary Jo White, R-21, sponsored the legislation, which the state senate passed a year ago and Governor Ed Rendell signed on Wednesday. "I am proud that Slippery Rock University has turned the Pennsylvania Center for Environmental Education into a truly statewide resource," White said. "Enacting this legislation will make learning tools available to teachers, home-school parents and students via the Internet and newsletters."
The board will oversee activities, establish priorities and adopt an annual budget and work plan. The nine members will be appointed from the business, environmental, agricultural and higher education fields.
The PCEE was created by executive order of the governor in 1997 to "provide an avenue for increased participation by educators, local officials, citizen and non-profit groups, business and industry as partners in the implementation of quality environmental education on a statewide basis."
The center, on Main Street in Slippery Rock, operates a reference library with more than 2,000 links and sends a newsletter to 12,000 recipients monthly. It also provides resources to teachers.
SRU has a strong record of environmental leadership, including a commitment to greening and alternative energy. A wind turbine generates clean electricity for the Robert A. Macoskey Center for Sustainable Systems Education and Research. In the past year, SRU students have launched a Green Bike Initiative making loaner bicycles available for use on campus and established a Green Fund to support environmental projects on campus.
Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.