DC Greens, the DC Environmental Education Consortium (DCEEC), and the Anacostia Watershed Society (AWS) are working toward realizing the Mayor’s Vision of building a strong school-based foundation for a Sustainable DC by developing an Environmental Literacy Framework for the District of Columbia in collaboration with District schools. Together these three partners create a comprehensive team, each bringing expertise on a different aspect of environmental education.

In 2010 the D.C. Healthy Schools Act mandated the development of the DC Environmental Literacy Plan (ELP). The ELP develops an overall road map that lays the foundation for District-wide implementation and integration of environmental and sustainability education into the K-12 curriculum. The development of the Environmental Literacy Framework is the necessary next step towards the execution of the ELP. This framework will define the essential knowledge and skills that students need to know and be able to do in order to be environmentally literate.

Environmental literacy is the development of knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to make informed decisions concerning the relationships between natural and urban systems.

These schools are part of a core team developing and piloting the Environmental Literacy Framework. For the next two years (July 2013 – July 2015), we are working collaboratively with teachers and administrators at these schools to ensure the framework can be effectively implemented in schools throughout the District. Funding for this project is generously provided by the District Department of the Environment through the Sustainable DC initiative.

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