March 2021
Preparing the Future Workforce to be ESG-Focused Industry Leaders
Since 2019, CELF has invited green career professionals to join classrooms of students at Lantrip Elementary School in Houston, TX for virtual visits. Together we supported young people in making connections between what they are learning in school to real-world applications and job opportunities. In 2020, we engaged over 300 4th and 5th grade students directly for our Green Careers Speaker series, expanding their perspective of what sustainable practices can look like across various industries.
“It was eye-opening to see how in tune the students are with their future at such a young age by the depth of questions they’ve asked.”
- Drew Burke, Offshore Wind Energy & New Business Developer for Shell's New Energies Business.
If you’re interested in joining us as a speaker or sponsoring this series, please reach out to Lisa Gianukos, CELF HTX Program Director to learn more! 
Giving Thanks to Our Community of Supporters
We reached our goal!
We are excited to share that we exceeded our 2020 End-of-Year fundraising goal, raising more than $50,000! With a one-to-one match from First Reserve, that means $100k of support to help thousands of K-12 students develop the systems-thinking skills they need to reinvent the future of a world at risk.

Whether you contributed time, money, or knowledge to this effort, thank you, for all of your support of CELF. Together we can continue to prepare and inspire the future leaders and change makers of our communities.
Empowering Young Civic Scientists
Our Largest Civic Science Cohort to Date
CELF’s Civic Science professional learning program kicked off last month with over 70 middle and high school teachers from CT, NJ, NY and TX, reaching 10,000+ students. Through participation, teachers learn how to support students in acquiring data analysis and systems thinking skills, along with deep civic content so that students feel empowered to actively participate in their communities.

“Find local issues that impact most if not all kids, and engage them in discussions. Invest time in kids' extracurricular activities and show interest in what they are passionate about.”
- Wen Fu Zhao, 9th and 10th grade Biology teacher, TX
CELF's Civic Science program is generously supported by Linde, PLC; the National Geographic Society; and Diane Fletcher-Hoppe through the San Diego Foundation.
Invitations to Engage with Us!
2021 Virtual
Summer Institutes
K-12 educators will have three opportunities to join us this July and August for CELF Annual Summer Institutes. For more information and dates, click here.

If you are interested in attending, fill out the below interest survey to help CELF tailor our summer programs to your interests and needs.
Virtual Student Symposium
Save the Date! Our first ever Virtual Student Symposium will take place on May 22nd, 2021. CELF's Civic Science program culminates in the Student Symposium, which provides students an opportunity to share Air Quality and other Civic Science projects with community members, field experts, policy makers and peers from schools across the country.
Membership Program
Pilot Launch for Schools
CELF has launched our Membership Program for schools. It provides Education for Sustainability digital resources, long-term curriculum and instruction support, team-based and 1:1 coaching support, and flexible program options. If you’re interested in joining or learning more, click here!
Resources & Program Highlights
Jerry Citron, 9th grade Biology and AP Environmental Studies teacher, NY
Jerry, a current participant in CELF's Civic Science program, created an interactive map of meaningful places and experiences in his community using Thinglink. He is committed to involving his students in civic science projects that foster greater awareness of environmental science issues as well as demonstrate how to gather data, analyze it and how policy is formed from it.
Teachers' Environmental Literacy Series
In January, CELF concluded its first-ever Teachers’ Environmental Literacy Series (TELS). TELS will return next fall with new topics and speakers.
National Geographic Air Pollution Quiz
 How well do YOU understand pollution?
New Board Members
CELF is thrilled to welcome two highly accomplished new board members.
Each share what inspired them to join CELF below:
Maureen Burgess
Assistant Head of School for Learning and Innovation, The Hewitt School
"The Hewitt School inspires girls and young women to be game changers and ethical leaders who forge an equitable, sustainable, and joyous future."  Hewitt's partnership with CELF significantly informed the strategic visioning process that led the school to include sustainability in its new mission.
Evan Matzen
Senior Vice President, Sustainability & ESG Risk Management, BBVA USA
“2020 has proven yet again how interconnected we are, and reinforced the importance of working together to create a safe, healthy, and prosperous future. CELF's mission is remarkably timely, and is critical to creating a future of caring, thoughtful citizen scientists that understand the greater impact of their actions. I am proud to play a role helping to expand CELF's mission and purpose across the US and beyond.”
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