Center for Environmental Education Research (CEER)

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The Center for Environmental Education Research (CEER) was a global warming skeptic group that worked to influence how environmental subjects were taught in U.S. schools.[1] According to Factsheet, "CEER was a project of the Competitive Enterprise Institute dedicated to bringing "sound science" into environmental education." In 2001, Michael Sanera was cited as its Director. "Before becoming a project of CEI, CEER was known as the Environmental Education Research Institute, and was affiliated with the Center for the New West. (CEI press release, March 24, 1999) As of 5/04 CEER is no longer listed on the CEI website under "projects". Michael Sanera reportedly left CEER in 2001 to teach at a charter school and edit books with Jane Shaw of the Political Economy Research Center. (Marianne Manilov, "The Right in the Classroom," The Nation, December 20, 2001) The current status of CEER, which appeared to be solely the project of Sanera, is unknown."[2]


According to the Competitive Enterprise Institute, "Efforts to educate children about environmental issues are hampered by inaccurate, biased, and misleading educational materials. A newly acquired project at the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) is designed to promote balance in environmental education. The Center for Environmental Education Research (CEER) is a national leader in analyzing, critiquing, and reforming environmental education delivered to children in America's elementary and high school classrooms. CEER will continue to be headed by Dr. Michael Sanera, a new Senior Fellow at CEI, and nationally recognized expert on environmental education."[3]

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6842 E. Tanque Verde Rd.
Suite D
Tucson, Arizona 85715
Phone: 520-722-3300
Fax: 520-722-3335

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  1. Holly Lippke Fretwell, "Environmental Education: The Science of Fear", Property and Environmental Research Center, Fall 2009.
  2. FACTSHEET: Center for Environmental Education Research, CEER,, accessed April 13, 2010.
  3. "Institute Takes On Environmental Education: Michael Sanera and Center for Environmental Education Research Join CEI", Competitive Enterprise Institute, March 23, 1999.