News Release

Office of Public Affairs

For Immediate Release: September 15, 2015
Release #2015-20
Media Contact:
Heather Jones

SACRAMENTO--The Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) commends Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and California’s Department of Education for their commitment to environmental education, outlined in today’s Blueprint for Environmental Literacy report. CalRecycle applauds Torlakson for convening the task force that completed the report, and is proud to have played an active role in the blueprint’s development.

“As the home of the Office of Education and the Environment and the groundbreaking Education and the Environment Initiative curriculum, we couldn’t be happier about Superintendent Torlakson’s commitment to support expanded cooperation and resources to integrate environmental education in classrooms across the state,” CalRecycle Director Scott Smithline said. “We look forward to ongoing collaboration with the state Department of Education on our shared goal of environmental literacy for all Californians.”

Jim Bentley engages his students with the hands-on lessons from the EEI curriculum.

Jim Bentley engages his students with the
hands-on lessons from the EEI curriculum.

Students show off the food webs they created as part of EEI’s ecosystems unit.

Students show off the food webs they
created as part of EEI’s ecosystems unit.

EEI units take students beyond the classroom for real-world environmental education.

EEI units take students beyond the classroom for
real-world environmental education.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


About EEI: CalRecycle’s Education and the Environment Initiative (EEI) is part of a statewide effort to ensure all Californians become environmentally literate and have the knowledge and know-how to successfully confront the environmental challenges of the 21st century.  The EEI was signed into law in 2003 and mandated the creation of a standards-based curriculum to bring education about the environment into California’s K-12 schools. The EEI curriculum was approved by the State Board of Education in 2010. All 85 units are available for free online at www.CaliforniaEEI.org.


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