California Regional Environmental
Education Community

California Department of Education,
STEM Office

October 2016 Newsletter
Region 11 - Los Angeles County


Cal Water H20 Challenge    

Embark on an H2O Science Adventure with Your Classroom!

California Upper-Elementary Teachers:
Would you like to incorporate lessons into your classroom around our state's historic drought?  Perhaps you want to teach about water conservation, but need a place to start? California  Water Service (Cal Water) and the North American Association for Environmental Education  (NAAEE) have collaborated with field-leading educational organizations to develop a program  that:
  • Aligns with Common Core State Standards
  • Compliments Next Generation Science Standards
  • Follows a Project-Based Learning Methodology
  • Adheres to an Educator-Created Objective Rubric


Introducing Cal Water H2O Challenge
The Cal Water H2O Challenge is a project-based learning competition designed in conjunction  with NAAEE and WestEd K-12 Alliance. Over 4-8 weeks, classrooms initiate, develop, and  implement a project focused on caring for water, which must:
  • Explore Water as Both a Global Resource and Local Resource
  • Tackle a Local Water Issue

To compete, participants must be a 4th to 6th grade class within Cal Water's service area.

For more information see the CalWater H20 Flyer or go to  the website.


- Candice Dickens-Russell, CREEC Coordinator, Region 11 

Mon, Oct 3, 2016,  Sat, Feb 25, 2017,  Sat, May 6, 2017

Environmental Charter Schools invites educators and community leaders to the  Green Ambassadors Institute, a 3-part professional development series on incorporating real-world environmental sustainability issues in your curriculum. Using Los Angeles as a learning lab, connect to research being conducted by LA's leading environmental organizations, get localized content knowledge you can use in any K-12 subject and leave with tools to help your students drive relevant solutions of their own. Participants are eligible for $300 minigrants to implement an environmental service learning project with students. Sub costs reimbursed for classroom teachers. 

Click here  to learn more about this event.

November 2-3, 2016

The tenth annual  Green California Schools and Community Colleges Summit and Exposition comes to the Pasadena Convention Center on November 2-3, 2-16.

The Summit is the first and largest statewide green schools event.
The opening session on November 2 will include a keynote presentation by venture capitalist, philanthropist and Next 10 founder  Noel Perry. Through an Expo with over 100 companies offering green products and services, dozens of educational sessions, and special events including a Leadership Awards reception, the Summit offers two days of total immersion in all aspects of green schools. Dozens of concurrent education sessions and Pre-Summit training will focus on topics including Prop 39 energy efficiency case histories, water conservation techniques, Zero Net Energy buildings, environmental literacy, biophilic design and funding sources.

Click here to learn more about this event.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson invites schools and districts to share their "Journey to Green" by applying to the California Green Ribbon Schools (CA-GRS) recognition program this fall. CA-GRS recognizes applicants for excellence in whole-school sustainability, including resource use and conservation, health and wellness, and environmental and sustainability education. 

Please read the Superintendent's letter on the California Department of Education (CDE) Web page

Quarterly Networking Breakfast
Fall 2016

Date: Thursday, November 10, 2016, 7:30 am - 9:30 am 

Hosted by:  Dwain Wilson,  Wildwoods Foundation

Magnolia Place
1910 Magnolia Avenue
Conference Room 106 B
Los Angeles, CA 90007
(Directions and parking information available upon request)
Speaker: Jan Ducker, LAUSD

Topic: LAUSD's Sustainability Goals and Practices
This is the meeting the CREEC-LA Network has been asking for! Jan Ducker, Senior Sustainability Specialist for LAUSD, will join us to share the Districts sustainability goals and practices. We'll also discuss LA Unified's field trip policies and bus policies and how they work. Finally, we'll hear from First 20 Co-Founder and TreePeople's Senior Manager of Sustainable Schoolyards, Michelle Bagnato on best practices when working with LAUSD.
For more information click on the event flyer.


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Disclaimer: These professional learning opportunities and resources are intended merely to provide access to information. The California Department of Education (CDE) has not reviewed these opportunities or resources for effectiveness or alignment with the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). CDE does not warrant or guarantee the effectiveness or results of any opportunity or resource that may be made available through this communication network. The inclusion of an opportunity or resource is neither an endorsement nor recommendation by CDE. Please excuse formatting errors that may result from the software application used to distribute this newsletter.

The California Regional Environmental Education Community (CREEC) Network is an educational project supported by the California Department of Education in collaboration with state, regional and local partners. Its expansive communication network provides educators with access to high-quality educational resources to enhance the environmental literacy of California Students.

Shannon Gordon, CREEC Network State Contact,, STEM Office, California Dept. of Education, 1430 N Street, Suite 4309, Sacramento, CA 95814

In Los Angeles, CREEC is housed and supported by TreePeople. Candice Dickens-Russell CREEC-LA Coordinator 818.623.4876


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