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The concepts of sustainability are universal, but every district and school starts from a different place. Whether you have a handful of knowledgeable teachers, one enthusiastic administrator or a new green building, CELF can help you take the next steps toward infusing your curriculum and school culture with education for a sustainable future.

From ½ day workshops to multi-year engagements, we have experience meeting a wide range of goals and expectations for teachers and school districts depending on need. Our three-tier system allows schools to tailor professional learning programs according to where they are on the path to sustainability. 

Introduction to EfS Components 

Designed to implement sustainability initiatives and/or incorporate a sustainability unit or theme for the year.

Taking a Deeper Dive into EfS 

Designed to reinvigorate existing sustainability initiatives and/or enhance specific curriculum and instruction goals through EfS

EfS and Whole School Change 

Designed to assist systemic integration of sustainability throughout curriculum, school culture, campus and community. Support facility and campus infrastructure changes and/or projects and create new corresponding learning opportunities.

We customize the content to fit your school or district's needs.

Using a proven framework strategically developed to incorporate Next Generation Science Standards and current K-12 best practices in place-based education and project-based-learning, CELF provides educators with curricular access points for Education for Sustainability (EfS). Using the Big Ideas of Sustainability, we help connect concepts like systems thinking, interdependence, diversity, equity and long-term effects to existing curriculum.

This sampling of workshops gives you a sense of program content.

Do you want to:

  • Connect place-based learning opportunities in your region or neighborhood to core curriculum? 
  • Explore environmental challenges effecting your community with your students?
  • Develop learning partnerships with local groups or organizations? 

Here is an example of how CELF helped a K-4 STEM teacher expand her nature walk program in the forest behind their school.  

Are you interested in:

  • Integrating your current curriculum with learning opportunities in your school garden?
  • Finding ways to use the garden in multiple content areas beyond science including including math, social studies, and literature?
  • Engaging students in issues of social equity, community-building, health and wellness and sustainable economic systems through experiential learning? 

Here is one teacher's account of the transformational experience of tending her afterschool Garden Club after working with CELF. 

 "I learned how knowledge is constructed. It is firmly situated in experience and emerges as we interact with the world, with our place." -Amy Goods, MS 447 in NYC 

Are you upgrading your infrastructure to be cleaner and greener? Do you want to use these changes as a learning opportunity for your students? 

In Putnam Valley, CELF professional learning paralleled efficiency upgrades the district was implementing through an energy performance with their utility. Here is an account of their work with CELF. The District is well on its way to whole-school-change transformation. 

Are you looking to take a more comprehensive and considered approach to sustainability in your school community? 

Are you looking to involve multiple departments and a variety of stakeholders to create meaningful change? 

  • Are you looking for ways to motivate learners through real-world problem-solving?
  • Do you want your students to feel empowered to make a difference in their local communities with the skills and knowledge they acquire in your classroom? 

There are many ways to connect student learning to community engagement. At PS 75 in New York, students took over neighborhood bioswales to improve stormwater management in an urban context and engaged a local senior center to partner in their efforts.

Our Citizen Science: Inquiry to Action program is designed to guide students from their driving question through the research process to taking concrete actions to address the problems they identify. 

These case studies can give you some guidance on what CELF engagement looks like in different contexts. 

Please get in touch with our Director of Education, Victoria Garufi, if you have any questions! [email protected]