The mission of the Mojave Environmental Education Consortium (MEEC) is to improve the environmental literacy of students, teachers and the community of the Mojave Desert region by actively providing quality educational resources.
Founded in 2001, MEEC is headquartered at the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District in Victorville, which also serves as the organization’s lead/founding agency. MEEC’s programs are 100% funded through sponsorships of different levels provided by 40-plus businesses and agencies. MEEC was granted its 501(C) (3) status in 2006. Our combined mission is to link teachers with high quality environmental education resources to improve the environmental literacy of California’s students. All of MEEC’s services are provided free of charge, thanks to the generosity of MEEC’s 40-plus local sponsors. MEEC is a grassroots effort created to better serve educators, students and the communities of the Mojave Desert.
MEEC provides a variety of FREE services and programs to educators, including, but not limited to:
- Two environmental Resource Libraries where teachers can check out standards-based classroom materials;
- "EnviroBus Buck" transportation grants, which fund school field trips to environmentally-relevant sites to more than 6,000 students annually;
- At least fifteen environmental teacher workshops a year;
- An annual MEEC Teacher and Students of the Year awards program;
- Up to five environmental essay contests per year;
- Classroom presentations and environmental science demonstrations;
- Participation at middle and high school Career events promoting “green jobs” and green technology in our schools;
- High School Environmental Science/Engineering scholarships awarded to five qualifying graduating seniors going on to study in environmental science(s), engineering, and related fields in the amount of $2,500 each;
- An annual scholarship competition for teachers to attend the Keystone Center, a national teacher training institute located in Colorado valued at more than $3,500;
- An annual Youth Environmental Leadership STEM Conference (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) for more than 300 students and educators;
- Participation in local science fairs to select winners of the "Outstanding Environmental Science Project" Award;
- A quarterly newsletter for educators;
- An environmental education resource website at www.meeconline.com, and assistance locating providers/resources on almost any environmental education topics through a Speakers/Mentors Bureau, which provides classroom speakers, job shadow hosts and senior project mentors;
- MEEC also hosts an annual “Solar Cook-Off” Competition where teams of students in grades 4-12 design and build a working solar oven as well as develop a recipe, with prizes totaling more than $2,400;
- MEEC programs also include the Piute Ponds Desert Lab Project, under which standards-based watershed curriculum and an educational website was developed using the Edwards Air Force Base wetlands as the learning centerpiece. All-encompassing kits are provided for hands-on activities and learning at this place-based site, and the Mojave Narrows Kit, funded by a grant from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.
MEEC is a recipient of the 2004 and 2014 San Bernardino County Education Medal of Honor; has received the
“Top Non-Profit of The Year” Award for the past four years from GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of reviews
and ratings of nonprofit organizations throughout the United States. Additionally, MEEC has been selected as a recipient of the 2017 North American Association for Environmental Education’s (NAAEE’s) award for Outstanding Service to EE by an Organization (Local Level).
MEEC is proud to have been recognized for its outstanding programs in environmental education from the following:
- Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon
- Senators Jean Fuller and Sharon Runner
- Assemblymen Jay Obernolte, Steve Knight, and Tim Donnelly
- The Boeing Company
- Commendation, Los Angeles County, Mayor Michael Antonovich