Principles of Partnership
E3 Washington embraces a “systems approach” to learning. We recognize the interdependence of all people. We reach across our differences to work together, to build trust, and to define the educational pathway to a healthy and prosperous future for all. At the beginning of E3 in 2006 we adopted the following Principles of Partnership to guide us:
E3 Washington’s goal is to establish a vibrant and growing, statewide network to help develop sustainable communities through broader environmental literacy, stronger economic structures, and increased social equality. By embracing collaborative, inclusive participation, E3 Washington brings together distinct professional, cultural, and regional interests; encourages diverse perspectives; and connects environmental-sustainability educators and community members. Our success depends on the individual and collective ability of participants to craft and implement a common vision for sustainable communities and life-long learning. Outcomes achieved using the Principles of Partnership will be greater than those of any single sector or geographic area working on its own.
Applying the Principles of Partnership means that:
- Mutual respect
- Appreciation for diversity in opinion, experience, tradition, and knowledge
During E3 Washington’s development of these principles and continuing today, the collaboration among stakeholders who have not historically understood each others’ perspectives results in a dynamic spirit of interconnectedness – an essential quality for the subsequent development and execution of more localized plans. E3 Washington is purposeful, directed, and participative – on all levels. By employing the Principles of Partnership, E3 encourages participants and supporters to recognize and appreciate the variety of roles, competencies, and organizational capacities necessary for such a comprehensive approach and process. Only by working together can we define a new educational pathway to achieve a healthy, prosperous future for all.
- We believe that it is the right of all Washington residents to be included in the development of E3 state and regional education plans, implementation, evaluation and revision.
- We consider all cultural, geographic, social-economic, and ideological perspectives to be valid.
- We commit to partnership, collaboration, and respect for diverse opinions, experiences, traditions, and knowledge.
- We commit to respectful, productive resolution of conflicts.
- We understand that many environmental and sustainability educational opportunities take place in natural places and that many of these are co-managed by tribal, state, and federal governments on a government-to-government basis.
- We commit to crafting strategies that provide equal access for all to quality, affordable environmental-sustainability education.
Read more about the key concepts and guiding frameworks that form the foundation for E3 Washington’s mission, vision, principles, and engagement:
Seventh Generation Planning
Attributes of 21st Century Residents
The term “Education for Sustainable Communities”