July 2022

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Together in Learning, Aligned in Sustainability:

CELF Summer Institutes in Houston and in Buffalo

What happens when you bring together educators from nine Texas school districts and get them talking about the Big Ideas of Sustainability, exploring the local nature preserve, examining samples under a microscope, and desigining student projects? Magic!

This dynamic group of educators supported each other and felt invigorated to return to the classroom and initiate student projects. For example, students in the Rio Grande school district will gather data on their local watershed and share their findings with the school board and city council.

Meanwhile, in western New York State, educators from the Kenmore-Tonawanda school district and the broader Buffalo region put their heads together on how to cultivate Sustainable Schools. Insights and innovation were fueled by an engaged group of stakeholders: teachers, administrators, buildings & grounds, food service, community partners, local employers and a county politician.

They mapped their first steps toward Whole School Transformation with grade level curricular connections to sustainability on the road to recognition as a national "Green Ribbon School."

Bring CELF Programs to Your School or District

There's Still Time to Register

for CELF Summer Programs

The CELF Civic Science Summer Institute is fully virtual and open to educators around the globe! One of our most popular programs, this year's Civic Science Institute will feature access to field experts in air and water quality, biodiversity and waste, a student panel, and a large international cohort from Ghana. You won't want to miss it!

Dates: July 19-21 and 26-28

Time: 1 - 3:30pm CT (2 - 4:30pm ET)

Modality: Virtual

Register for the Civic Science Virtual Summer Institute

At CELF in the Field: Activating Sustainability through Art, you’ll learn healing, art-infused approaches to bring place-based Education for Sustainability (EfS) from CELF and Strawtown Art and Garden Studio. Join us for a day outdoors in the scenic Hudson Valley.

Date: Friday, July 15

Time: 10 - 4pm ET

Location: Upper Nyack, New York

Modality: In Person / Outdoors

Register for CELF in the Field at Strawtown Studio

CELF 2021 Annual Report: Our Impact, Your Contribution

In 2021, during a period of uncertainty, we are honored that teachers came to CELF to help channel frustration into hope. We’re proud of what teachers have achieved in creating space for children to learn and thrive amidst such difficult circumstances. Our 2021 Annual Report offers a glimpse of how, through our work in 2021, the CELF team and the incredible educators we work with have continued to chart a course toward a healthier, more inclusive, and more sustainable future.

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