The Wisconsin Environmental Education Board (WEEB) defines environmental education as a lifelong learning process that leads to an informed and involved citizenry having the creative problem-solving skills, scientific and social literacy, ethical awareness and sensitivity for the relationship between humans and the environment, and commitment to engage in responsible individual and cooperative actions. By these actions, environmentally literate citizens will help ensure an ecologically and economically sustainable environment.
Wisconsin's historical commitment to environmental education is well-known. Beginning in the 1930s, Wisconsin citizens recognized the need for environmental education to be an integral part of a young person's schooling. By requiring instruction in the conservation of natural resources at both the elementary and secondary levels as well as in the teacher preparation programs, the groundwork was laid for an environmentally conscious and responsible citizenry.
-from Wisconsin's Model Academic Standards for Environmental Education.1998, p. 11.