Champions of the Environment grant funding is helping sponsor the Palmetto Environmental Education Certification program (PEEC), which trains and informs school educators about environmental issues in South Carolina.
Champions funding will help PEEC have the staff and resources available to provide two-year training programs for kindergarten-12th grade educators. These training programs are centered on building a community of educators across the state who have an increased understanding of environmental science as well as methods for effectively communicating environmental topics and information to younger generations.
DHEC is dedicated to supporting ongoing education and awareness about South Carolina’s environmental resources. By supporting grant programs like Champions of the Environment, the agency helps foster environmental education and action in South Carolina’s classrooms.
To learn how you can support PEEC, review the online sponsorship package which is available here.
"The PEEC program was a wondrous experience which allowed me to explore so many ecosystems in our state. I have taken my children to some of the locations and we all wondered how we had been so unaware. I am confident my students will grasp a greater environmental awareness as they study business and Career and Technical Education courses."
- Erika Marshall, BSBA, MSCIN; South Carolina Financial Literacy Master Teacher, South Carolina Master Naturalist
“Participating in the PEEC program was an incredible experience! Visiting different areas of the state was fun and educational. As a non-formal educator with no formal education background, the educational theory and methods were very useful. Perhaps most importantly, I developed relationships with my classmates and instructors in the program that have been and will continue to be invaluable! I highly recommend the PEEC program!”
- Rosemary Martin-Jones; 4-H Youth Development Agent, Richland County Cooperative Extension Service, Clemson University
"Being certified as a Palmetto Environmental Educator has been a huge point of pride for me personally and is very helpful for my career. Because of the capstone project, my knowledge of the ecological background of my area has deepened and I feel much more confident in my ability to inspire future generations to conserve and protect it. The experiences and field trips in different areas of the state have helped me gain a deeper appreciation for ecosystems that I was not as familiar with. It has been eye-opening to get to know environmental educators and their positions from across the state , and I have enjoyed deepening those relationships even after the program concluded. The PEEC program is a valuable way to grow as an environmental educator."
- Beth Eberhard; Student Programs Specialist, Ruth Patrick Science Education Center