Environmental Education

Environmental Education is aligned with the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality’s (MDEQ) goal of maintaining an adequate level of outreach to ensure citizens, businesses, and communities engage in behaviors that both protect the health of and preserve Mississippi’s environment. The MDEQ’s Office of Community Engagement (OCE) offers an environmental education outreach platform through the office’s Environmental Justice (EJ) and Small Business Environmental Assistance Programs (SBEAP). Both programs collaborate with other internal programs that create opportunities for knowledge and interest in environmental stewardship. As a result, businesses, communities, government officials, and schools are provided essential environmental tools to help protect the State’s natural resources.

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM):

The OCE supports STEM by working with the agency’s internal programs to make interactive STEM activities available to students. Students get to engage across multiple disciplines while investigating, learning processes, and problem-solving.  They gain knowledge that can encourage environmental stewardship and spark curiosity in STEM careers.

The collaboration between OCE and other internal programs has provided speakers, science fairs judges, interactive booths at collegiate and community events, and provided guided lab tours as well as hands-on educational training at the agency’s lab.

View the following links to learn more about the OCE’s STEM activities and careers at MDEQ.

STEM Education Youth

STEM Education Activities

Occupation Outlook