From the MCSEEP website, the purpose is to " to educate the children and staff of McHenry County schools about the environment and stewardship. The program teaches environmental lessons in K-12 classes. It offers instructional materials for incorporating environmental education in the classroom through teacher workshops, a curriculum library and a website. It interacts and networks with other environmental organizations for the purpose of enhanced environmental education in McHenry County."
MCSEEP, like many programs in IL, is having budget challenges. The budget went from $57,000 a few years ago to $42,000 with $16,250 coming from McHenry County.
Teaching our youth how live sustainable lives is worth the investment of time and money. Changing behavior takes time. Changing our behavior when it is still mostly voluntary is much less painful than being forced to change. For example, water and gasoline are still inexpensive to the point that many people don't think twice about their usage. If people start now using fewer resources, the forced change in future behavior will be more palatable.