EPA, NASA Collaborate to Foster New Generation of Scientists

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scienceU.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson and NASA Administrator Charles Bolden on Monday stressed the importance of science and engineering education and signed a Memorandum of Agreement to foster cooperation between the two agencies in environmental and Earth sciences and applications.

The signing ceremony took place at the Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science in Northwest Washington. After the ceremony, Jackson and Bolden met with students to discuss the importance of science and engineering education.

“Our health and the health of our environment depend on continuous scientific exploration and innovation,” Jackson said. “EPA is proud to work with NASA to engage and inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers who will carry our work forward. America’s young people are stepping up in this effort because they know what’s at stake now and in the future, and they see the opportunities for the next great, game-changing discovery that will improve their lives and the lives of others.”

Bolden said both agencies have a remarkable opportunity to take on different environmental issues together, and “involving students in Earth science and climate research at an early age will encourage a stronger sense of stewardship toward our home planet.”

The signed MOA promotes renewed efforts of collaboration between EPA and NASA to improve environmental and Earth science research, technology, environmental management, and the application of Earth science data, models and technology in environmental decision-making. Areas of applied research and applications expected to benefit from this partnership include climate change, air quality and water.

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