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|Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education Adopts Association Environmental Stewardship Statement|
Statement Will Guide Association Environmental Initiatives In 2015 and Beyond
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – July 8, 2015 – The Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE) today announced the adoption of an Association Environmental Stewardship Statement at its recent midyear meeting. This statement, drafted by the AORE Environmental Stewardship Committee and approved by the Board of Directors, outlines the organization’s commitment to promote the preservation of the natural environment. The statement builds on the organization’s strategic plan, through which the Association will actively engage on issues and policies related to the environment that impact the ability of AORE members to deliver outdoor recreation and education opportunities to the populations they serve.
"Protection of the natural environment is an important component of AORE's mission," said Eric Frauman, AORE Environmental Stewardship Committee Chair and Associate Professor of Recreation Management at Appalachian State University. "The Environmental Stewardship Statement adopted by the Association charts a course for the Association to pursue this goal. With this statement as a starting point, AORE can grow into a strong advocate for the sustainable use of earth's natural resources and the conservation of the natural classrooms that are vital to outdoor recreation and education programs."
"The statement lays out both internally and externally focused environmental goals for AORE. Internally, AORE will encourage member organizations to adopt environmentally-friendly and sustainable practices in the operation of their programs, and serve as advocates for the environment to facilitate positive institutional and industry change. Externally, AORE will support policies that promote the conservation of the natural environment particularly the public lands and waters essential to the success of AORE programs."
Going forward, AORE’S leadership will propose management practices to make AORE and its member programs more sustainable, and will also adopt policy positions on specific environmental issues and concerns and make those positions part of its advocacy program.