Who We Are

The California Education and the Environment Initiative is a program of CalRecycle's Office of Education and the Environment (OEE). Our mission is to foster environmental literacy among all California students as part of a high-quality K-12 education. Environmental literacy builds critical thinking and analytic skills that prepare students to make informed decisions about issues affecting our world, and readies them for college and career success.

Located in the Joe Serna Jr. CalEPA building in downtown Sacramento, our staff includes environmental education specialists who travel throughout the state to provide professional learning to teachers on how to integrate the environment into their instruction. A team of Teacher Ambassadors, seasoned teachers who have extensive experience implementing environmental literacy in the classroom, also help lead these trainings.

Our key environmental literacy implementation partners include the California Department of Education’s California Regional Environmental Education Community Network and Ten Strands, a nonprofit organization that supports environment-based learning

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