Pacific Coast Environmental Conservancy’s Education Constitution
Pacific Coast Environmental Conservancy (PCEC) is committed to providing and supporting science-based insight, solutions and education for our modern environmental concerns. By creating a deeper understanding about human impacts, conservation as well developing a respect for the environment which will help develop environmentally-thoughtful citizens. PCEC acknowledges that young children are the most important members of the world that will one day inherit a society that can sometimes neglect the results and repercussions of its actions and activities on the environment. For this and other reasons it is important to educate our youth, as well as all members the community, on the importance in understanding human impacts in today’s natural environment. In a society that is continually emphasizing new technology, PCEC is dedicated to promoting state-of-the-art scientific approaches and technologies to help understand these problems.
Using these tools PCEC will facilitate and directly support the participation of students (K-12) and the public in environmental studies, assessment, and other beneficial activities that lead to increased awareness of modern environmental problems and potential solutions. This educational component will hopefully prepare everyone (especially students) and bring awareness for the role they will have as decision making adults. PCEC will engage students and the public by presenting environmental education using real-life situations that exemplify the impact humans place on the environment every day! This educational component will also benefit and reach out to those who are not able to participate in environmental studies or for underrepresented minorities, so that together we can bring the important environmental issues that face us ALL to the forefront and work together to accomplish understanding and solutions.
• Provide opportunities to participate in ongoing environmental studies and assessment efforts
GRADUATE STUDENTS: Graduate students will be placed in hands-on environmental studies working closely with researchers. Students will be conducting high level research work with a goal of publishing this work in scientific journals. This will enable them to be exposed to current research done in environmental studies using new techniques and technologies.
UNDERGRADUATES: Will be able to develop scientific research skills in hands-on environments, both in the field and in a laboratory setting. Students will be part of important research projects that will help them transition into a Graduate or PhD program.
K-12: Students will be exposed to some of the current environmental issues that face us today, including the impacts that humans place on the environment through different actions and activities. Programs will be set up where students can aide in data collecting and collecting, so that they engage in field research and actively participate versus simply being lectured on it.
• Provide small grants in aid of environmental research
• Providing opportunities for underrepresented minorities in environmental science and education
Students who come from an underrepresented minority in science will be exposed to different environmental areas of research as well as new technologies and state-of-the-art techniques used in environmental science. PCEC will support these students, who otherwise not have any exposure to environmental science or state-of-the- art research and facilitate a new area of study for them.
• Public outreach and environmental education
It is very important that everyone know and learn about what environmental issues we are dealing with in today’s society, especially when some of these issues directly impact people living in a particular area of interest. PCEC will organize and lead outreach programs to give communities and citizens information on some of the most important environmental issues facing all of us today and what we can do/are doing to deal with such issues. Bringing education and understanding of these issues which will hopefully bring change of current environmental protocols and bring implementation of new strategies.
• Partnerships with public agencies /institutions in applying state-of-the-art scientific techniques in environmental assessment.
PCEC will work hard and diligently in building strong and successful partnerships in order to face some of the new environmental issues facing the environment today. PCEC has already built collaborative efforts with public agencies and institutions that have helped in developing environmental research projects to investigate the enormous impact humans have on the environment and its affect on the organisms in those environments.
SFEI: San Francisco Estuary Institute
CSULB: California State University, Long Beach
OCSD: Orange County Sanitation District
SCCWRP: Southern California Coastal Water Research Project
• Classroom instruction, public lectures, courses etc.
PCEC is proud to involve itself in an educational setting to be able and expose students (K-16) to new environmental issues brought upon by human activity and the resulting impacts on the environment. PCEC will conduct class visits to students (K-12) and when possible extend opportunities for students to be part of the research by facilitating their participation in field research, data collecting and other hands-on activities.
PCEC will conduct public lectures to address environmental issues that face us all in today’s society. Particularly, PCEC will address communities and citizens living in areas that may be directly affected by such issues/impacts in order to further facilitate understanding of how such problems can affect individuals, organisms and the environment itself. The lectures will hopefully lead to increased awareness of modern environmental problems and possible solutions along with enhancing identification and implementation of effective mitigation strategies. PCEC will develop an educational course that will focus on the problems facing the environment and the role humans play in such impacts. The course will allow students (university) to be exposed to new scientific research occurring in environmental science.