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Center for Great Lakes Environmental Education Hosts Grand Opening Celebration

Scientists, educators and environmentalists gathered in Buffalo, New
York Wednesday night October 21st for the grand opening of the Center
for Great Lakes Environmental Education.

Located at the Buffalo State College Field Station on the shore of the
Niagara River, the binational center's mission is to facilitate learning
and information management in the international Great Lakes- St.
Lawrence Basin ecosystem through collaborative relationships with
existing groups.

Among dignitaries at the grand opening, which coincided with the 1998
State of the Lakes Ecosystem Conference (SOLEC) and the 1998 Annual
Meeting of the Great Lakes Commission, were IJC Commissioner Alice
Chamberlain, the Canadian Consul General Mark Romoff, and Dr. Muriel
Moore, President of State University College at Buffalo.

Dr. Moore expressed optimism for a new partnership between the college
and the Center for Great Lakes Environmental Education, which aims to
educate teachers so that they, in turn, can educate their students about
Great Lakes environmental issues.

Dr. Barry Boyer, President of the Erie County Environmental Education
Institute noted the hours of volunteer effort that have gone into
establishing the center, and he thanked the college for donating space
in the field station facility.

The Center for Great Lakes Environmental Education offers a web site at
http://www.greatlakesed.org, a computer lab with web access for
electronic research, reference services, teacher training, meeting space
and exhibit materials for conferences.

Educators and others interested in Great Lakes education may use the
center on Mondays and Wednesdays between 12:30 and 5:30 pm, and
Thursdays between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm.