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How to increase resilience through education: Lessons from NOAA Environmental Literacy grantees

August 5, 2019

A new report from NOAA’s Office of Education shares lessons learned from grantees who are working on the ground to help their communities build the environmental literacy necessary for resilience to extreme weather events and other environmental hazards. The report captures findings from the 2019 Environmental Literacy Program (ELP) Resilience Education Grantee Workshop and helps advance the growing field of resilience education. 

Nearly 75 participants pose in front of the NOAA Science Center for the second ELP Resilience Education Grantee Workshop held at NOAA headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, in 2019.

The Environmental Literacy Program convened resilience education grantees at NOAA headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, from April 29-May 1, 2019. Around 75 participants attended the event, many of whom had received funding for resilience education from 2015-2018. 

This Resilience Education Grantee Workshop provided a venue for collaboration among grantees and NOAA scientists and experts. Participants discussed relevant themes such as environmental justice, citizen science, and how to work with local officials. The grantees walked away from the workshop with more resources, expanded networks, and new ideas about how to address their challenges and measure their impacts. This workshop built on findings from the first Resilience Education Grantee Workshop, which was held in 2017 at the Museum of Science in Boston, Massachusetts.

NOAA will continue to build upon the themes highlighted in the workshop, both through the current projects and in future funding opportunities. Reports from both the 2019 and 2017 workshops, as well as information on past competitions and NOAA resilience assets, are available on the Environmental Literacy Program’s new resilience hub.


A new competition for Environmental Literacy Grants will be issued in the fall of 2019. Pre-applications will be due late fall 2019. Visit the Environmental Literacy Grants webpage to learn more.