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Environmental Education and Environmental Literacy

Information on current environmental literacy resources and grant opportunities.

Blueprint for Environmental Literacy

Recognizing that critical environmental concerns face California, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson convened the California Environmental Literacy Task Force to think deeply about how to build a future for an environment that is sustainable, healthy, prosperous, and equitable. The resulting report, A Blueprint for Environmental Literacy: Educating Every Student In, About, and For the Environment provides guiding strategies and recommendations to realize the ambitious goal of achieving environmental literacy for all California students.


A Blueprint for Environmental Literacy: Educating Every Student In, About, and For the Environment (PDF)
Accessible Alternate Version of A Blueprint for Environmental Literacy

Environmental Education Grant Program

The Environmental Education Grant Program has the primary purpose of supporting programs and projects which will result in long-term educational benefits to potentially all California educators and/or students. The state legislature approved the allocation of Environmental License Plate Funds (ELPF) to the California Department of Education (CDE) to support the distribution of funds through the Environmental Education Program. The projects awarded from the 2016-17 Environmental Education Grant Program Request for Application (RFA) were provided one more year of funding. Historically, these grants have funded the California Regional Environmental Education Community (CREEC).

Past Funding Results

CDE Programs and Initiatives

  • CREEC Network External link opens in new window or tab.
    The CREEC Network is administered by the California Department of Education. The CREEC Network is a communication network supporting the environmental literacy of California’s students by providing teachers with access to high quality environmental education resources. Each California CREEC Region is supported by Regional Coordinators. Regional Coordinators provide professional development and resources to educators as well as foster communications among schools and organizations interested in supporting environmental literacy of California’s teachers and students.
  • Education and the Environment Initiative External link opens in new window or tab.
    The mission of the Education and Environment Initiative is to develop a unified strategy to bring education about the environment into school districts using the Model Curriculum Plan and California's Environmental Principles and Concepts.


Partnering Agencies

  • California Environmental Education Interagency Network (CEEIN)
    Consortium of the CDE, the California Environmental Protection Agency, the California Natural Resources Agency, and the Department of Food and Agriculture that supplies environmental educational services, materials, and programs. Access curriculum and resources for each participating agency through this link.
  • State Education and Environment Roundtable (SEER) External link opens in new window or tab.
    A cooperative endeavor of 16 state departments of education working to enhance student achievement through environment-based education.

Program Questions

Shannon Gordon, e-mail:, tel. 916-319-0190
Alice Ng, e-mail:, tel. 916-323-4636

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Questions: Shannon Gordon | | 916-319-0190 
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, April 26, 2017