After generating strong results through a pilot program that happened in collaboration with the Boys & Girls Club of America (BGCA) in Kansas City, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has decided that it will roll out a nationwide program with the BGCA. The educational program is designed to promote energy conservation.
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The EPA ran the test program in Missouri for two years before the agency's Office of Children’s Health Protection and Environmental Education made the decision to run the program in areas across the nation, according to Environmental Protection.
The educational programs have been designed for middle school students and involve nine 45-minute sessions related to environmental health, the media outlet reports. The courses provide students with syllabi and materials. The different sessions involve educational materials that can be brought home as well as activities that students can do in person.
"BGCA is positioned to reach out and equip families, especially in disadvantaged areas, with information to protect the environmental health of children and their communities," Peter Grevatt, Director of Children’s Health Protection and Environmental Education, told the news source. "EPA’s Office of Children’s Health Protection has partnered with BGCA to introduce children’s environmental health information into the educational programs provided by BGCA."
The agency office responsible for approving the nationwide program said that the age is ideal for students to receive this information, as they are aware of their chance to make a difference in the world, the media outlet reports. People at the specific stage of development have cognizance of elaborate systems and their place in those systems.
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