Government EE Agencies

Government EE Agencies

Government EE Agencies

Environmental Education in the context of a governmental agency has its own unique set of challenges and opportunities. What limitations do you face in your work? What are the opportunities for advancing EE as a career field within your governmental system? How do you foster and care for a solid relationship with your state affiliate?  How do those who currently control the political aspects at your level of government view environmental education?  This group will allow those who work within federal, state, and local government agencies with EE responsibilities to share their successes and explore how to navigate the sometimes turbulent waters of the governmental process.

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Billy Bennett

Billy Bennett is the Executive Director of the Kentucky Environmental Education Council (KEEC). Before his appointment, he was the Director of the Center for Environmental Education and part-time faculty in the College of Education at Eastern Kentucky University. Currently he also serves as vice-president of the Kentucky Society of Natural History. Billy also served as the Chair and Vice-chair of the Kentucky Association for Environmental Education (KAEE) and the Kentucky College and University Partnership for Environmental Education (KCUPEE). Through collaboration with KAEE and KCUPEE, he promotes the use of environment-based education across the curriculum areas. His agency, in partnership with KAEE, oversees the operation of the Environmental Education Leadership Corps which places AmeriCorps members with EE nonprofits and government agencies throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Billy holds a Bachelor’s in Middle School Education, Teaching (2004), a Master's in Secondary Education, Teaching (2006) and a Master's in Elementary Education (2008) at Eastern Kentucky University. He holds a Rank 1 Teaching certificate for 5-8th grade Science/Social Studies, as well as 8-12th grade Earth Science, and has an Endorsement for Environmental Education grades K-12. Also, he is a certified master environmental educator through the Kentucky Environmental Education Council.

His professional affiliations include the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE), the Kentucky Association for Environmental Education (KAEE), The Kentucky Science Teachers Association (KSTA), the Kentucky Chapter of the US Green Building Council (USGBC KY), the Kentucky Society of Natural History (KSNH), and the National Science Teachers Association. He is also a life member of the National Eagle Scout Association (NESA).

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