Jenna Hartley is an ORISE Participant at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Research and Development in Research Triangle Park, NC. She is also pursuing a PhD at North Carolina State University under the guidance of Dr. Kathryn Stevenson, focusing on environmental education. A former classroom science teacher, Jenna’s work centers on empowering students to be environmental change-agents in their families, schools, and communities.

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The Challenge: Building Environmental Literacy in K-12 Students Environmental science in the United States is at a critical point: in the face of numerous environmental challenges, the public consistently ranks environmental issues among their lowest priorities,1 scientific literacy is on the decline,2 and politics (rather than science) often …

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