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Environmental Literacy Data

  • The Chesapeake Bay Watershed Environmental Literacy Indicator Tool (ELIT) was developed to monitor the capacity and progress of public school districts toward meeting the Environmental Literacy Goal in the 2014 Watershed Agreement. The ELIT is administered biennially to all local education agencies (LEAs) in six jurisdictions: the District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.
  • ChesapeakeProgress helps federal, public and internal oversight groups track the Chesapeake Bay Program’s progress toward the goals and outcomes of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement. ChesapeakeProgress includes accurate, up-to-date and accessible data and information on more than two dozen indicators of environmental health, restoration and stewardship.View data related to the Environmental Literacy Goal:

Learn More about Environmental Literacy

  • Bay Backpack provides educators with the tools they need to support Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences, or MWEEs, for their students. Explore Bay Backpack for teaching resources, action projects, field experiences, and funding opportunities related to the Chesapeake Bay.
    • State Initiatives: Maryland This webpage provides information about state-level drivers of environmental literacy, resources for advancing environmental literacy, information on environmental literacy networks and state sustainable schools programs.
    • District Environmental Literacy Planning Toolkit: This Toolkit provides some waypoints and important considerations for building systemic, equitable, and sustainable environmental literacy within a school district by developing and implementing an environmental literacy plan.

NOAA Chesapeake Exploration This is an online learning platform hosted by the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office. This site provides educators with access to courses that will advance their knowledge about Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences, science topics, teaching and resources. The courses are free and self-paced, meaning you can work on them at your own speed. Many courses have continuing professional development credits approved for some states.