May 2022

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Bridging Continents to Reduce Waste:

Cross-Cultural Civic Science in Houston and Ghana!

Tricon Energy and CELF are announcing a new cross-border collaboration (press release here). Tricon's sponsorship will support schools in Houston's environmental justice communities together with schools in Ghana's Eastern Region to take part in CELF's professional learning and student engagement programs. This partnership will support educators and student civic scientists on both continents as they use evidence to promote zero waste strategies and the circular economy in their schools and communities.

Houston schools will take part in CELF's 2022 Summer Institutes, Civic Science and Green Careers programs. High school students in Ghana will experience similar initiatives with a focus on the emerging recycling movement in West Africa (government roadmap here)CELF will collaborate with the NGO Youth and Women Empowerment (YOWE) to support implementation in Ghana. 

Looking ahead to the Spring 2023 CELF Student Symposium, these students will be able to join peers from around the globe to share and present their projects in a virtual interactive setting.

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Latest Updates on the CELF Summer Institutes

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Wondering which Summer Institute is right for you?

Learn more at the upcoming virtual OPEN HOUSE

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

6pm Central

7pm Eastern

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Manhattanville Institute Speaker Announced

Join a conversation with

David Penberg, PhD

Penberg's career has spanned three continents and four countries. His work has evolved with each new context centered in the conviction that all learners (children/adults/ teachers) have the capacity to make a difference in the world. Penberg has just completed Headship of Woodstock Day School, where he launched with the Ashokan Center an Environmental Youth Sustainability Summit.


Discover a trove of information on the Summer Institutes

Whether you're considering the Summer Institute in Houston, TX, Westchester, NY, Buffalo, NY, or you're interested in the Virtual Civic Science Summer Institute, the CELF website has all the information you need:

  • Flyers to download and share
  • Group discounts
  • Scholarship opportunities
  • PD credit availability
  • Speaker & activity updates
  • Administrator letter template
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CELF is Hiring!

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CELF is currently recruiting two educators:

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New York Educator & Professional Development Facilitator will work collaboratively with the CELF team, specifically as a creative and strategic team partner to the CELF Director of Education, to develop CELF’s Professional Learning Program primarily for K-12 schools in New York State, New York City, New Jersey, and the Northeast.

Houston Educator & Professional Development Facilitator will work collaboratively with CELF, specifically as a creative and close team partner to CELF's Texas Program Director, to support CELF’s core programming through professional learning programs for K-12 educators throughout the Greater Houston area and scaling throughout the state of Texas.

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News on Our Programs and Partners

CELF Green Careers Speaker Series wraps up the school year with two exciting events. Kara Branch of Black Girls Do Engineer inspired students at the Young Women's Leadership Academy in Fort Worth, TX.

The CELF team also helped facilitate the inaugural Green Opportunities Houston Careers Expo.

Contact us to learn how to bring Green Careers to your school in the fall.

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HabitatMap shares resources for air quality projects in the classroom. On its new AirCastingActions website, the maker of the AirBeam3 air quality monitor offers videos and practical steps that can help you get your students collecting data as part of a CELF Civic Science project.


CELF Leadership Circle Spotlight 

Nancy Kralik, Sustainability Group Chair at Fluor, on her commitment to CELF's sustainability education work: 

"Sustainability is significant to me, both personally and professionally. I lead the sustainability program in Fluor Corporation, and we have an exciting initiative to reduce our operating emissions to zero by the end of next year. This initiative will benefit our stakeholders, Fluor, and most critically the planet. The ability to be involved in the environmental education of our children is critical to providing the next generation of talent to formulate and manage similar initiatives."

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