Daley, Policy Committee explore environmental education programs

GLADWYNE, Oct. 24 –State Rep. Mary Jo Daley, D-Montgomery, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on environmental education programs at the Riverbend Environmental Education Center.

Daley was joined by Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, and state legislators from across the commonwealth. The committee discussed the importance of establishing environmental education programs to support the career paths of local students.

Daley said that the committee’s work would help expand environmental education programs across the state, as the demand for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs increase, due to environmental needs and industry innovations.

“Today’s hearing was a productive discussion on environmental education programs designed to help preserve our environment and prepare our youth to become future leaders in this field,” Daley said. “For the sake of our children and the generations to come, we must learn more about keeping our communities safe and sustainable.”

Sturla added, “Implementing environmental educational programs in our communities is an important responsibility. We need to better prepare our students for brighter futures. I applaud Representative Daley for being a leader on this issue.”

The committee heard testimony from Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn; Riverbend Environmental Education Center Executive Director Laurie Bachman; Riverbend’s Director of Education Programs and Strategic Initiatives Erin McCool; Judd Pittman, special consultant to the secretary of Education for STEM, Pennsylvania Department of Education; and Norristown Area School District Superintendent Christopher Dormer.

Testimony, photos and video from today’s hearing will be available at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee.

The meeting is one in a series being held across the state on the House Democrats’ Plan4PA, which includes putting people first by growing good jobs, investing in quality schools and working toward a fair economy. Those interested can visit www.plan4pa.com for additional information about the Plan4PA.