CARRIE SAMIS | 15 October 2013
Baltimore, Maryland. The North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) presented Governor Martin O’Malley with a leadership award for environmental literacy at its annual conference in Baltimore, last week. Governor O’Malley’s passion for connecting Maryland youth with their natural world, and leadership in developing environmental programs and initiatives earned him this prestigious honor.
“I accept this award on behalf of the Maryland Partnership for Children in Nature, and all of our partners who have worked together to ensure that our young people graduate high school not only with the intellectual ability to tackle complex environmental challenges ─ but also with the will and desire to care for and save our troubled planet,” said Governor O’Malley before a crowd of more than 300 university professors, educators, researchers, organizations and government leaders from across the nation. “Many thanks to the North American Association for Environmental Education for this honor, and for their vision, hard work and leadership.”
Governor O’Malley has made environmental education a priority of his administration, through programs like the Maryland Partnership for Children in Nature which ensures all Maryland young people have the opportunity to connect with their natural world and grow to become informed and responsible stewards.
During his speech, Governor O’Malley gave a special shout-out to Coastal Stewards, a collaborative program of the Maryland Coastal Bays Program, Assateague State Park, and Assateague Island National Seashore.