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Caretakers of the Environment International - USA Branch - Oregon Chapter (CEI)
What is CEI- USA-Oregon Chapter?
Caretakers for the Environment International (CEI) – United States Branch, Oregon Chapter is the state chapter for the international organization started in 1986, and organized through the Netherlands and the USA branch located in Wilmette, Illinois. This local chapter emphasizes “act locally, think globally”. A select few students apply for, interview, and are selected to attend as a USA-Oregon delegate to an international youth environmental conference in a foreign country. CEI-USA (Oregon) has sent student-delegates to four international conferences and has been the host of one of the conferences in 2005. Delegates conduct a project based on the theme of the conference, which also includes thorough and in-depth research of the topic and conducting a service-based project which will then be the topic of their presentation at the international venue. The road to the summit requires delegates to be actively engaged in community outreach opportunities during the time prior to the conference. This program requires intense commitment by students, whether or not they are selected to travel to the annual conference.
The two CEI-USA Oregon chapter delegations, representing six Marion County schools, upon arrival at the CEI Conference in Aalborg, Denmark July 2008
What is Caretakers of the Environment International?
Caretakers of the Environment International (CEI) believes that promotion of sustainable development education for youth can best occur through having students meet and work together. By organizing annual international conferences, making available a periodical for teachers and students, establishing national branches and organizing national and regional workshops, CEI tries to establish a worldwide network for secondary school teachers and students who are actively concerned about environmental issues and who are willing to do something about sustainable development issues through their education and their actual participation. The network intends to act as a platform for teachers and students to exchange concerns, ideas, strategies, actions and projects in the field of environmental education. See http://www.caretakers4all.org
CEI-USA Branch – Oregon Chapter
The CEI Oregon Chapter is based at OSU Extension Service – Sustainable Communities and is supervised by Dan Hoynacki and Ryan Kinnett in conjunction with other natural resource youth programs, and sends one or two delegations to each annual CEI conference. Another active school is Cascade Middle School with Cascade Caretakers, an after-school environmental club who will also participate in the 2009 CEI conference in Aberdeen, Scotland. We are interested in expanding the Oregon Chapter to include more motivated teachers and their students to participate and share the CEI experience. www.ceioregon.org
CEI Global Forum for Environmental Education
The Global Forum for Environmental Education is the official periodical that has been created to support the network. The Forum provides a medium for teachers, students and other people interested in EE to write about their own ideas and experiences. Participants of the international conferences automatically receive The Forum -- which appears two times a year-- upon paying their registration fee, but anybody who is interested in environmental education can subscribe to the periodical. The editorial staff consists of several secondary school teachers complemented with members of the international board of CEI.