The Environmental Education Advisory Board (EEAB) was the state board that guided the direction of environmental education in Minnesota between 1990 and 2008. It was created by the 1990 Environmental Education Act (M.S. 1998, Chap. 115A.072) to promote environmental literacy for all Minnesota citizens. The Board accomplished this by advising the Governor through the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), state agencies, organizations and citizens on the implementation of A GreenPrint for Minnesota: State Plan for Environmental Education.
The Environmental Education Advisory Task Force (EEATF) took the place of the Environmental Education Advisory Board (EEAB) whose work was inadvertently "sunset" in June 2008 by Legislative mandate. The EEATF was created under the authority of the Commissioner of the MPCA and existed from July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2010.
The loss of the EEAB and EEATF in 2010 is a concern for many MAEE members. In 2010, the MAEE expressed concern to the MPCA about the loss of this board and its staff. The MAEE asked the MPCA to consider its long-term plans for Minnesota's EE guiding documents.