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E3 Washington is a nonprofit umbrella organization serving those who practice and support environmental, sustainability and systems learning in Washington State.

We are fully committed to diversity and inclusion and work to strategically align leaders and practitioners in three systems – education, environment, and economy – in a dynamic approach that invites bold, action-oriented results.



The E3 Mission
To optimize environmental and sustainability education for everyone who lives, learns, works, and plays in Washington State—to create thriving environments for schools, communities, and businesses.

The E3 Vision
To make education for sustainable communities the norm in Washington; to inspire educational opportunities, community behaviors, business practices, legislative policies, and other strategies that support sustainable and thriving environments for everyone in the state of Washington.

The E3 Washington vision aligns with the aim of the National Environmental Education Foundation that "by 2022, 300 million Americans will actively use environmental knowledge to ensure the well-being of the earth and its people.” (NEEF, Aug, 2014)



for leaders in and providers of rigorous, interdisciplinary, real-world, field and project-based environmental and sustainability  (ESE) learning in and out of K-20 classrooms.


of news, resources, jobs, events, research, professional development.  Members share resources and thinking through action groups. Post your resources today!

for sustainability learning, ready to provide leadership and mobilize our growing network of 12,000+ to achieve the programs and funding needed to implement environment and sustainability education throughout Washington State. Our values support equitable and culturally inclusive ESE.

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Organization Background

We are guided by E3 Goals and principles of partnership, diversity, and inclusion. We are organized into 16 geographical regions (click here for the Regions group pages) and 12 economic sectors (click here for the Sectors group pages) to reflect the geographic and cultural diversity of Washington State.

These regions, sectors, and community groups are organized as "leadership communities of practice”, and local E3 partners serve as community or sector liaisons to coordinate E3 growth and five Goal achievements.  

In 2004, the Governor’s Council on Environmental Education (GCEE), produced the Report Card on the Status of Environmental Education in Washington State for the state legislature. Their leading recommendation was that a statewide comprehensive planning process be conducted to strengthen environmental education (EE) in the state. The report card gave an "A” to the effectiveness of environmental education in: a) improving students’ standardized test scores; b) Washington’s innovative approaches to EE, and; b) to the legal foundation for EE. However, the report gave a "C” to the public’s awareness of EE’s benefits, and a "D” to state support of EE.

To remedy the low scores in public awareness and state support, in 2005, the Governor’s Council on Environmental Education asked the Environmental Education Association of Washington (EEAW), Washington’s professional association for environmental and sustainability educators and stakeholders, to lead the environmental education comprehensive planning process for the field, which evolved into the E3 Washington initiative. 

From March 2006 to June 2009, region summits were held in every E3 region of Washington State to ensure that as many voices as possible were involved in bringing E3 to life. That comprehensive input was used to co-create the 5 Goals and develop the E3 plan, based on values of diversity, inclusion, 7th generation planning, and our principles of partnership and E3’s visioning for the future.  

From 2009 to present, E3 Washington has been partnering with numerous individuals and organizations to build support for Environmental and Sustainability Education (ESE) throughout the state. In 2013, EEAW finalized its transition to E3 Washington.

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E3 Washington!

 Contributions of $50 or more come with the option of a   complimentary individual E3 membership.

This website was made possible through a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency
and through generous contributions of E3 Washington supporters. THANK YOU!

CONTACT US: • McKinstry Innovation Center • 

210 South Hudson St. •  Seattle WA 98134

E3 Washington is  a 501(c)(3) organization registered with
the Washington Secretary of State. ©2014 E3 Washington.



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