Green Schools

Claire Latané

Even before 2020, our young people experienced skyrocketing rates of anxiety, stress, trauma, and suicide. This generation of students faces the fear of school or neighborhood shootings, concern over police brutality and systemic racism, and eco-anxiety. More than any generation before them, they see, hear, and feel local and global injustices in real time through […]

Karen Cowe

At the end of 2020, Karen Cowe, Ten Strands’ CEO, and Linda Livers, Ten Strands’ consultant, interviewed three staff members of the Park Day School in Oakland, California: Angela Taylor, head of school; Jennifer Cooper, facilities manager; and Josie Shapiro, director of admissions. This interview was originally published as a case study on the National […]

Sharon Danks

This interview originally appeared in Green Technology Magazine and was republished with permission. Sharon Danks describes the benefits that transforming schoolyards as public resources can bring to students, teachers, and communities. I was wondering if you can tell me what green schoolyards are, exactly? Green schoolyards are rich outdoor environments that strengthen local ecological systems, provide hands-on learning resources, […]

Lesley Taylor

“The students of today will be the architects of future climate strategies and our champions for achieving greenhouse gas reduction targets.” ~State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson 2015 was a big year for environmental and sustainability education, and a critical pivot point. Superintendent Torlakson’s Environmental Literacy Task Force had spent all of 2014 putting […]

Tracey Ritchie

Happy Earth Month! April is an exciting time; flowers are blooming, the temperature is gradually increasing (then suddenly crashing, but hopefully increasing again!), and there is global excitement about taking care of our planet. Earth Day is celebrated each year on April 22, and is acknowledged worldwide by people across faith, race, political affiliation, and […]

Tony Knight, EdD

This week’s blog post is written by Tony Knight, EdD, Superintendent of the Oak Park Unified School District and Environmental Literacy Steering Committee (ELSC) member. About his district, Dr. Knight writes: The Oak Park Unified School District is a place for children to grow, where they will be valued and honored and be educated in […]

Matt Biggar

In her blog post earlier this year, Ten Strands Board member Sheila Nahi provided an unequivocal yes to the question of whether we are still in a ‘Goldilocks moment’ to achieve environmental literacy in California, as first posed by Ten Strands Founder and President Will Parish in July 2015. With the active implementation of A […]

Environmental Literacy Steering Committee

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 23, 2017 Contact: Environmental Literacy Steering Committee Karen Cowe, Project Director Email: kcowe@tenstrands.org California Public-Private Partnership Honored for Work in Advancing Environmental Literacy California’s Environmental Literacy Steering Committee was honored with a top national award yesterday for its model approach to infusing environmental literacy into K–12 education statewide. The Committee received […]