E3 Washington Programs
E3 Washington is a set of five compelling goals, a powerful network of over 9,000 leaders, a web center and a vision for a “a system of education for sustainable communities for all”. Thousands of education, business, governmental and community-based leaders across Washington created and are in the process of implementing regional and sector strategies in order to weave together actions to collectively achieve the five goals that include:
- Get Together: Link schools, campuses, and community resources for student achievement, lifelong learning, and a sustainable future.
- Lead Green: Turn schools, campuses, businesses, and public places into models of sustainability.
- Go Out: Help everybody explore and discover their place within the natural and social communities that sustain us.
- Build Support: Garner funds to provide equitable adequate coverage and meaningful impact of Education for Sustainable Communities.
- Connect Up: Use networking and technology to create inclusive leadership and diverse partnerships to achieve Education for Sustainable Communities.
This “living plan” resides on the state-of-the-art E3 Washington center for environmental, sustainability and systems education www.e3washington.org
. The site supports the day-to-day actions of education change agents, thought leaders and innovators across Washington to achieve the five goals. Importantly, E3 Washington is setting a course to regularly convene representatives of the network in person and through distance technology and a method for tracking and measuring progress across the system.
Through our E3 Network e-newsletter, E3 Weekly Digest and Showcase News outlets, EEAW regularly promotes environmental, sustainability and systems organizations, programs and leaders. EEAW provides advocacy for sustainability and systems education in Olympia as well as at the federal levels and hosts strategic gatherings (in person and through digital technologies) to advance the E3 Washington goals.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
Coordinated the 2013 E3 Washington Statewide Summit at South Seattle Community College featuring Peter Senge, the author of the Fifth Discipline. The summit was geared to regional and sector teams working to implement the E3 Washington Get Together goal to link classroom and community-based resources for heightened student learning.
Held the gala E3 Washington Summer Evening event honoring our annual Green Apple Award for Excellence recipients including students, teachers, informal educators, higher education, business, tribal, nonprofit and agency awardees; individuals and organizations that have made important contributions to environmental and sustainability education in the state;
Hosted and co-developed the all day Educator-to-Educator workshop for over 120 teachers and informal educators at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma. The workshop demystified standards such as the Next Generation Science Standards and featured "promising practices" highlighting exemplary informal programs that are successfully working with K-12 schools to address the E3 Washington Get Together goal.
Received and managed grants from the Environmental Protection Agency, The Boeing Company, the Seattle Foundation, and Tribal Foundations to support selected school districts in use of the Washington State Environmental and Sustainability Literacy Plan to address a persistent "problem of practice" thus demonstrating the value of ESE to the needs of schools today.
Co-led with the Office of the Superintendent of Public instruction the publication of the Washington State Environmental and Sustainability Literacy Plan;
E3 Washington's greatest need is for unrestricted funding for office and staff capacity to sustain the momentum and quality of our programs in the field needed to implement the E3 Washington plan as described in some of the examples above.