MEEN was originally set up in 1994 by teachers who wanted to develop a network so they could support and help each other learn about and deliver environmental education.
By 2001 MEEN was incorporated as a charity and backed by a consortia of partner organisations. The original partner organisations included The Development Education Project (DEP); The Mersey Basin Trust; Groundwork Manchester, Trafford, Salford and Stockport; Manchester Environmental Resource Centre Initiative and the Manchester Healthy Schools Partnership with support from Manchester City Council.
Traditionally members from these organisations were trustees of MEEN, today though the board covers a wider spectrum of individuals and organisations.
We also have a strong tradition of working in partnership with other organisations: here are some examples of our partnerships over the years. We worked closely with:
- MERCi on an 'Earthrights' Conference and achieved international recognition with them as a part of the UNESCO Centre of Expertise on ESD;
- we worked with DEP on NW Sustainable Schools; Manchester Healthy Schools delivering staff training on Sustainable Schools;
- Manchester City Council on the annual Sustainable Schools Conference and the Energy Unit on our 'Schools Energy Efficiency Project';
- Red Rose Forest helping with our Forest Gardens project;
- Hulme Community Garden Centre and Sow the City as key partners for the Greater Manchester Growing Schools Hub;
- Cooler Projects to develop Carbon Literacy for Schools and the Carbon Classroom;
- Peak District National Park delivering school visits tied to our projects;
- Kindling Trust, Stockport Council and Stockport Homes in a Communities Living Sustainably bid;
- School of Environment, Education and Development (SEED) at Manchester University developing an intergenerational project with schools and trade unions;
- and of course all the many schools from both Manchester and Greater Manchester, their staff, pupils, parents and communities, who have engaged in our projects, training and network events.