EEI Curriculum - Frequently Asked Questions

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Q: What is taught in the EEI Curriculum?

A: The EEI Curriculum consists of 85 K-12 units that teach science and history-social science through an environmental lens.

Q: How can I use the EEI Curriculum to teach Common Core State Standards?

A: EEI provides texts that include activities designed to develop critical thinking skills and reasoned arguments from evidence. Our free Common Core Correlation Guides provide a lesson-by-lesson alignment.

Q: Can I use the EEI Curriculum to connect with the Next Generation Science Standards?

A: Yes. To learn more about how EEI can support NGSS instruction, please visit our NGSS Correlation Guides page.

Q: Does the EEI Curriculum align with other curricula and resources?

A: Yes. The Unit Planner section of each Teacher’s Edition cross-references textbook standards. The California Department of Parks and Recreation site. offers an alignment tool and online resource that connect specific EEI lessons and units to various state parks. For more local programs and online resources for teachers, please contact your local representative of the California Regional Environmental Education Community (CREEC) Network.

Q: How can I find out if the environmental topic I want to teach is covered in an EEI unit?

A: The Environmental Topics in the EEI Curriculum page provides resources to support your lesson planning.

Q: How can I minimize the paper my class consumes while using EEI?

A: All components of the EEI Curriculum are available for free download in a PDF format. For more ideas on how to implement the EEI Curriculum digitally, visit our Going Green webpage.

Q: How can I order EEI Curriculum units in print?

A: We are happy to provide California teachers with free hard copies of the EEI Curriculum. Please watch our introductory EEI 101 training video and you will receive email instructions on how to order your free units.

Q: How much does the EEI Curriculum cost?

A: All 85 EEI Curriculum units are free.

Q: Is the Curriculum online?

A: Yes, all 85 EEI Units are available in downloadable format on our website.

Q: I watched EEI 101 and I did not receive an email with ordering instructions.

A: If you do not receive an email, please check your spam/junk folder and add eei@calrecycle.ca.gov to your safe sender list. If this does not resolve your issue, please contact us and we’d be glad to assist you.

Q: Can I submit my order via email?

A: Our office personnel will not place orders. If you send your order via email, we will send you a link to our online order form, contingent upon your eligibility to order.

Q: What can I expect to receive with my ordered materials?

A: Each unit contains different components. You can see a list of the unit’s components on the curriculum page by clicking the image of the unit you wish to order.

Q: What components will not be included in my shipment?

A: The following will not be included in the shipment of printed materials:

  • Teacher’s Masters
  • Visual Aids
  • Form Fillable files
  • Video/Audio files
  • Projectable Formats

All unit components on our website are available for download.

Q: What should I expect in my reorder shipment?

A: A reorder is limited to student materials only. Teacher’s Kits are not provided with reorders.

Q: If a component is missing from my order, what do I do?

A: Please contact us via email.

Q: What do I do if my class size is greater than the maximum allowable number of units?

A: Please contact us via email.

Q: What do I do if there is an error with my shipped materials?

A: Please contact us via email.

Q: After I submit my order for my free EEI Curriculum units, how long will it take for my materials to arrive?

A: Typically, it takes 1 to 2 weeks.

Q: Can I order for another teacher?

A: No. Teachers must order for their own use.

Q: I just filled out the Order Form, what happens next?

A: Contingent upon your eligibility to order, your order will be processed by our EEI office personnel. You will receive a confirmation email on the day your order is processed. Printed materials of the unit(s) you order will arrive within 2 weeks. The materials will ship to the address you provided when ordering.

If there is a question with your order or your eligibility, our team will contact you via email.

Q: What address should I use for shipping?

A: Delivery of EEI materials occurs Monday thru Friday with a signature of receipt required. Please use an address that will satisfy the above-mentioned requirements by keeping in mind school and personal schedules.

Q: What if I put the wrong information on the Order Form?

A: Please contact us via email.

Q: I do not see my school on the Order Form, how do I order?

A: Please contact us via email and send us the name and address of your school.

Q: May I order if I homeschool?

A: If you have completed a training, you may order.

Q: May I order if I do not live in California?

A: We only provide hard-copies of the EEI Curriculum to California-based teachers. However, all of our materials are accessible in downloadable format on our Curriculum Page.

The EEI Curriculum is free to use for non-profit, educational purposes and we encourage you to download and print resources that may benefit you and your students.

Q: I am unable to open the Teacher’s Edition of the EEI Curriculum on your website.

A: All of our Teacher’s Editions are password protected. Please complete our password request form for access.

Q: I requested a password to the EEI Teacher's Editions, but I never received an email.

A: The response is automatic. If you don’t see the reply in your inbox, please check your junk/spam mailbox. If, for any reason, you still don’t find it, please contact us for assistance.

Q: Are there plans to create additional EEI Curriculum units?

A: Currently, there are no plans to add more EEI units. The State Board of Education (SBE) approved the original 85-unit collection as a model curriculum for publishers to use as a guide for incorporating environmental principles and concepts (EP&Cs) into future classroom texts. Rather than creating more EEI units, we, along with Dr. Gerald Lieberman and Ten Strands, worked with the California Department of Education, the California Instructional Quality Commission, and the SBE to ensure integration of the EP&Cs into the new state-adopted science and history-social science textbooks.

Q: Are there any plans to produce the EEI Curriculum units in other languages?

A: Some schools in California have translated select units into Spanish, and we are working with them to facilitate their translation effort. We intend to make those units available to the public. Please contact us, if you would like to participate in this translation project, or to request additional information.

Q: Are there plans to align the EEI Curriculum to Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards?

A: We have guides that provide tips for using the EEI Curriculum to support Common Core and the Next Generation Science Standards.