WHO WE ARE
E3 Washington is the state’s association for Environmental and Sustainability educators, and is an affiliate of the North American Association of Environmental Educators (NAAEE). E3 is a state affiliate of NAAEE and a member of their Leadership 360 team.
Supporting Science, Climate and Environmental Literacy
Washington State is in a unique position to produce a climate and sustainability literate workforce and citizenry. We have the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), Environmental and Sustainability Education standards, a CTE Sustainable Design course, Washington Sustainable Schools Protocol, an environmental sustainability pre-service teacher requirement, exemplar school-based programs and a myriad of informal science learning centers and programs - all that stand out nationally.
What we lack is a system to support and scale these opportunities for all students, from all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds across the state to fully participate in the Green Economy as innovators, consumers, citizens, and workers.
E3 is working with a Coalition of Environment and Sustainability educators, and leaders to support Governor Jay Inslee to carry this work forward for students and schools throughout Washington State.
E3 Washington believes that:
Every young person in Washington state should have high-quality environmental and sustainability education experiences in and out of school that are responsive to community and youth assets, aspirations, and needs.
If you want to talk about partnering or joining E3 Washington, contact Anna Lindstrom, firstname.lastname@example.org
U.S. EPA Awards Washington Students in Okanogan, Everett, and Sammamish for improving air quality and ocean health, teaching sustainability, and creating rural recycling programs
Seattle – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is honoring students and teachers in Everett, Okanogan and Sammamish, Washington and in Kenai, Alaska for their work to protect the environment and promote sustainability in their communities. The students are among youth across the U.S. recognized in this year’s President’s Environmental Youth Awards.
“We’re proud to honor these inspiring young leaders who are engaging their communities to help solve environmental challenges and create a more sustainable future,” said EPA Regional Administrator Chris Hladick. “These students are making a real difference with far-reaching impacts through reducing and recycling waste, improving local air quality, protecting our oceans, and teaching younger students the importance of environmental stewardship.”
Award winners and honorable mentions in Washington include:
Make Soil Not Smoke - Virginia Grainger Elementary School, Okanogan, Washington
Mr. Anderson’s first grade class learned that by composting leaf piles rather than burning them, the community could avoid unnecessary waste and harmful smoke pollution in their air each fall… In just one year, they created over 2,000 cubic yards of garden compost…
Save Our Ocean from Plastic - St. Mary Magdalen School, Everett, Washington
Mrs. Tyndall’s students made presentations to the Mayor’s office, City Council, and other groups to promote reducing single use plastics through a new reusable bag ordinance. The students are creating a cloth snack bag to encourage students to reduce plastics use, carry reusable water bottles, and pick up discarded plastics and other trash…
Operation Sustain - Sammamish, Washington
Through an idea sparked by their environmental science classes, six high school students created a video game to help educate elementary students about environmental issues and promote STEM education. Through trial and error, students learn to think about large-scale solutions for sustainable development and how the choices they make can positively impact their community.
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