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The International Museum of Art & Science was the setting for the first meeting of TEEM, a community-based environmental group that will set goals for environmental education on both sides of the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo. The overall goal of TEEM is to build local capacity here in the Valley and Northern Mexico to provide education on environmental issues, so that individuals will have the skills needed to work together to solve and prevent environmental problems.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $100,000 to the International Museum of Art & Science to lead this important effort. The federal assistance will help fund education initiatives aimed to improve the health and quality of life of all residents of the Lower Rio Grande Valley through environmental literacy.

Groups and organizations that offer environmental education will be able to participate in this effort. Representatives from Laredo to Brownsville will participate, as will representatives from Mexico. Preliminary core planning members for the project include the Museum, the University of Texas - Pan American, Region One Education Service Center, the Rio Grande Valley Science Association and the Environmental Science Center of Laredo, and many others.

Representatives attending the first meeting at the Museum June 4th were:
(Front Row, left to right) Hudson Deyoe (UTPA), Teresa Davila (Cetis 71, Reynosa), Penny Hartwell (Audubon Texas & Earth Care), Raquel Hinjosa (International Museum of Art & Science) (Middle Row) Carmen M. Pedraza-Silva (International Museum of Art & Science), Mary Cloud (International Museum of Art & Science), Linda Gardner (Rio Grande Valley Science Association), Amadee Madril (U.S. EPA Region VI) (Back Row) Tom C. Vaughan (Texas A & M International University), Tom Miller (Environmental Science Center of Laredo), Neil Markowitz (Project Director, Region 9, TEEM), Sergio Cantu (UMAN A.C.), Maria Mallona (Peace Corps), David Cavazos (Region I Education Service Center).
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