"The CELF Summer Institute was an absolutely amazing experience! The Summer Institute was meaningful, thought-provoking, superbly interesting, and A LOT OF FUN! Thank you again for hosting us at this AMAZING conference!" 

Jodi Cook
Kindergarten Teacher
Franklin Elementary School
Kenmore-Tonawanda, NY

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Education for Sustainability

July 7-9, 2020

Kenmore Middle School, Tonawanda, NY

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A three-day professional learning program open to K-12 teachers, administrators, and non-formal educators

Today's students are tomorrow's leaders. Discover how to transform student learning into an authentic exploration of real-world problems and solutions. Deepen your knowledge of sustainability principles and practices to inspire your students to become Earth Citizens of a sustainable future.


CELF Professional Learning Model

Big Ideas of Sustainability is a learning lens for an interdisciplinary approach to curriculum, campus and community.

Place, Problem and Project-based Learning engages students in real-world problem solving to create relevant and purposeful curriculum units while meeting academic standards.

Three E’s of Sustainability aim to connect learning to relevant environment, equity and economic issues.

Highlights for 2020:

Civic Science and Awareness: connect your students to real world problems in your school community through CELF’s Inquiry to Action program

STEAM - Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Connections: infuse your curriculum and school culture with NGSS aligned sustainability lessons

Connecting facilities projects to curriculum: discover the process for achieving the National Green Ribbon award reflecting whole school change

Takeways for Summer Institute Participants 

When you leave, you will be able to:

  • Develop and/or redesign curriculum plan or place-based lesson, connected to the Big Ideas of Sustainability
  • Connect to a community of educators and local stakeholders engaged with environmental literacy
  • Create Project Implementation planner geared to a school-wide initiative or project that engages students and the community
  • Gain access to CELF Education for Sustainability Toolkit of Resources

The CELF Summer Institute experience is most effective when you attend with a team of your peers. We hear from our many alums that support from and collaboration with colleagues amplifies the benefits that emerge from the Summer Institute.