The California Environmental Education Interagency Network (CEEIN) is a state government consortium of environmental educators representing departments, boards, and commissions of the California Department of Education (CDE), California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA), The Resources Agency of California (RA), and the Department of Food and Agriculture (DFA). CEEIN fosters broad understanding of the State's environmental and cultural resources while affirming that education is essential to the development of understanding and respect for the environment. The CEEIN partnership provides a forum for its members to share resources, programs, and materials with California's public schools and students in kindergarten through university. This partnership is solidified by a memorandum of understanding, which has been signed by the state Superintendent of Public Instruction and the secretaries of Cal/EPA, RA, and DFA. CDE hosts the CEEIN Web site as one of its responsibilities on the partnership. The site was previously hosted by CalEPA through 2009.
The primary goals of CEEIN are to develop a unified response to the environmental education needs of California's educators and local governments, and to assist with statewide educational reform movements. Additionally, a "leadership by consensus" approach was devised to maintain the spirit of an open forum whereby the responsibility for meetings and projects are shared by all CEEIN agencies. The lead agency is designated every two years.
CEEIN subcommittees include Administration and Organization; Communications and Outreach; Diversity, Leadership, and Legislation; and Public and Private Partnerships.
CEEIN accomplishments include the Curricula and Compendia Project, supporting the California Regional Environmental Education Community (CREEC) network, establishing an outreach program that includes development and distribution of the CEEIN brochure, conducting workshops designed specifically for educators, and staffing exhibits booths at environmental conferences and fairs.
Environmental Education Curriculum Resources
Resources from CEEIN members and others for integrating environmental concepts into lesson plans.
A listing of events that may be of interest to educators who would like to integrate environmental education into their teaching.
The following departments, boards, and commissions are members of CEEIN.
Resources within CDE:
- Agricultural Education
- California Partnership Academies
- Environmental Education and Environmental Science
- California Air Resources Board
- Department of Pesticide Regulation
- Department of Toxic Substances Control
- Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment
- State Water Resources Control Board
- Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)
- California Coastal Commission
- California Conservation Corps
- California Energy Commission
- Department of Boating and Waterways
- Department of Conservation
- Department of Fish and Wildlife
- Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
- Department of Parks and Recreation
- Department of Water Resources
Meeting Schedule 2014
CEEIN members meet monthly to discuss and share information about national and statewide environmental education efforts. These monthly meetings allow participants to network with their counterparts at the other boards, departments, and commissions on a regular basis. Discussions enable the various participants to rapidly exchange information and increase the breadth of information dissemination. This communication enables members to maximize their efforts and minimize redundancy.
January 16, 2014 – Cal/EPA, 1001 I Street, Room 230
February 20, 2014 – Water Education Foundation, 717 K Street
March 20, 2014 -- Cal/EPA, 1001 I Street, Room 230
April 17, 2014 -- Water Education Foundation, 717 K Street
May 15, 2014 -- Water Education Foundation, 717 K Street
June 19, 2014 – University of California, Davis Cooperative Extension
July 17, 2014 – California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom, 2300 River Plaza Drive, Sacramento
August – no meeting
September 18, 2014 -- Water Education Foundation, 717 K Street
October 16, 2014 -- Water Education Foundation, 717 K Street
November 20, 2014 – Nimbus Fish Hatchery
December 2014 – no meeting
CEEIN Procedural Handbook (DOC; 177KB; 12pp.)