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California EEI: Landmark K-12 Curriculum Teaches Academic Standards and More...

The Education and the Environment Initiative (EEI) Curriculum teaches select K-12 California academic content standards in Science and History-Social Science, using the environment as a context for learning. This engaging curriculum is designed to increase environmental literacy, and help students become critical thinkers, informed decision makers, and leaders for the future.

Teachers can Use the EEI Curriculum to:

  • Engage students in topics that matter to them--the air they breathe, the water they drink, the food they eat.
  • Cultivate students' understanding of their relationship with the environment.
  • Make learning relevant and fun!
  • Prepare students to be critical thinkers and 21st century problem solvers.
  • Encourage students to be responsible stewards of the earth.
  • Teach History-Social Science and Science while supporting California Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards

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Resources for School Facilities: Waste Reduction and Recycling Help for Your District

Recycling at your school not only makes good environmental and economic sense, but in most cases it is also required. Starting in 2012, California schools that generate 4 or more cubic yards of trash a week are required to recycle. Additionally, as of April 2016, depending on the amount of materials generated, schools are also required to recycle their organic waste.

Schools and other public entities can take one or any combination of the following in order to reuse, recycle, compost or otherwise divert solid waste from disposal:

  • Self haul.
  • Subscribe to a hauler(s).
  • Arrange for pickup of recyclables.
  • Subscribe to a recycling service that may include mixed waste processing that yields diversion results comparable to source separation.

Reducing Waste at Schools: Start here for assistance in starting or expanding a waste reduction program in your school district. Get all the information you need by visiting this webpage. CalRecycle Local Assistance staff are also available for your inquiries about waste reduction, including setting up recycling programs, identifying local resources, and more.


Last updated: August 25, 2016
Office of Education and the Environment
Contact: (916) 341-6769