California’s Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) brings together the state’s recycling and waste management programs, and maintains a tradition of environmental stewardship.

CalRecycle’s vision is to inspire and challenge Californians to achieve the highest waste reduction, recycling, and reuse goals in the nation. Through landmark initiatives, California works toward a society that uses less, recycles more, and takes resource conservation to higher and higher levels. Our state leads the nation with an approximately 65% diversion rate for all materials, and today recycling supports more than 140,000 green jobs in California.

We partner with CalRecycle’s Office of Education and the Environment to make the Education and the Environment Initiative Curriculum available to teachers and students throughout California.

Since the beginning of our partnership with CalRecycle, we have distributed over 9,748,290 EEI Curriculum student lessons to over 4,760 schools in 780 districts, helping educators teach California state standards using the environment as context.

We partner with CalRecycle on the following Work:

California Environmental Literacy Initiative

Ten Strands is leading the Initiative to create a system of support in California that enables all students to have local, standards- and environment-based experiences that enhance their learning inside and outside…

Environmental Principles and Concepts

California's Environmental Principles and Concepts have a timely and relevant place in the new state frameworks. In 2003, the California Education and the Environment Initiative, Assembly Bill 1548, was passed by California’s legislature and signed…

Professional Learning

To be successful, students need to learn key skills—such as critical thinking, problem solving, and communication—and meet academic goals. Teachers need access to high-quality professional learning experiences that help them keep students…

Education and the Environment Initiative Curriculum

The California Education and the Environment Initiative (EEI) Curriculum is a powerful, state board of education-approved instructional resource that helps educators teach to state standards in science, history–social science, and English language…