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An Investment in CELF
is an Investment in a Sustainable Future

America needs youth with the skills and knowledge to address complex issues and the ability to create sustainable solutions that strengthen our country’s competitive advantage. Demonstrate your organization’s commitment to environmentally literate graduates and a better future for them by supporting CELF. Every dollar goes directly towards our goal of an environmentally literate society.

Today’s students must prepare for a world vastly challenged by environmental and economic crisis. CELF‘s mission is to ensure that students get the education they need to create a sustainable future. We are a pioneer in sustainability education, helping schools and school districts develop engaging, results-oriented programs.

CELF Can Make a Difference—With Your Help

CELF supports teachers and administrators in providing the education on sustainability that our students need.Since 2003 CELF has had a transformational impact on education in schools throughout the tri-state region and beyond. We bring flexible services that respond to the specific needs of each school or school district. We have:

  • Worked with over 1,000 teachers and administrators
  • Connected over 20,000 students to educational programs that integrate sustainability into their curriculum and classroom culture
  • Been recognized for leadership in sustainability education [link to About page paragraph on honors]
  • Involved more than 200 schools in our professional development programs, student programming and speaker events
  • Built coalitions between stakeholders, connecting leaders in business and higher education with K-12 teachers, parents and students

Growing Awareness Means Growing Demand

Increased awareness of the importance of sustainability has caused demand for CELF’s vital efforts to grow faster than our capacity. Schools and school districts appreciate that we not only educate teachers, but teach them to train other teachers, so that sustainability education can become self-sustaining. It’s a very cost-effective model for achieving a vital goal.

We need your help to reach out and to meet demand! Please assist us to:

  • Extend our reach to local schools already clamoring for our services and to schools that will need subsidies to have the same opportunities.
  • Scale up CELF’s School Eco-Footprint Program by providing grant support to underserved schools.
  • Create a web-based program so schools worldwide can utilize our School Eco-Footprint Program.
  • Expand our school consulting program and professional development workshops, bringing insights from universities and corporate innovators to schools seeking to increase green practices and build their green curriculum.

Your support is absolutely critical to our continued efforts.While we do charge fees for some of our services and programs to school districts that can afford it, we rely on generous donations and grants from individuals, corporations, foundations and the government for the majority of our budget. The generosity of our supporters has traditionally allowed us to provide our work at a subsidized rate to many participants.

When you donate to CELF, you’re supporting sustainability education programs that will give today’s students the knowledge and skills they must have to succeed in tomorrow’s world.

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To discuss opportunities for supporting CELF while benefitting your corporation, or to explore program grant possibilities, please contact Katie Ginsberg, Executive Director, at 914-238-4743.

CELF is a not-for-profit 501(c) 3 organization. All donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

CELF Thanks its Supporters!


Major Supporters:

Bay & Paul Foundations
Ben and Jerry’s
Christian Johnson Endeavor Foundation
Con Edison
Department of Education - NYC
Edith Winthrop Teachers Center
Fidelity Charitable Fund
Clarence E. Heller Foundation
Great Atlantic & Pacific Company
Greenwich Capital Foundation
Heller C&E Fund
Heineman Foundation
Manhattanville College
Mizuho Bank
The New School
New York Power Authority
National Grid Foundation
NYS Special Legislative Fund
NYS Senator Suzi Oppenheimer
Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES
Pace Center for Environmental Legal Studies
Pace University
Printing Responsibly+
Proskauer Rose LLP
Powersmiths International, Inc.
Scarsdale Teacher Institute
Simmons College
Teachers Center of Central Westchester Thornwood Self Storage
Veritas Partners
Vestergaard Frandsen
United Federation of Teachers - NYC
Waldner’s Business Solutions
Wells Fargo
Whole Foods Market White Plains
Whole Foods Market Chelsea





“The students are extremely receptive and excited about how we are teaching life science this year. They have really latched on to the idea that “there is no ‘away’” and they enjoy systems thinking and the big picture strategy…”

John Borchert
Science Teacher, Rye Middle School, NY

“Thanks to all of you for such an amazing workshop. I would be floundering right now without that training. I feel that I am prepared now to address those critical issues concerning sustainability with my students in a responsible, positive and enlightened way. I am more hopeful than ever that our students will become caring and connected individuals who can make decisions that benefit the community and the world. This training has pointed me in the right direction.”

Pamela Scott
ELA teacher and Sustainability Coordinator, IS52, Inwood, NY

“CELF's presentation made me ask myself, "Why WOULDN'T we want to refer to issues of sustainability in our instruction?" ... sustainability education is SO possible to integrate into existing curricula and other efforts. I'm convinced--and on my end, I'll be working with colleagues to explore how to bring life to SE in our district.”

Katonah-Lewisboro School District Administrator, NY

“The course was profoundly important to me. I was already committed to teaching kids about the environment, but this course drove my commitment up several notches. As a result of what I learned, I plan to change the focus of my enrichment class…. to refocus on systems thinking, and imbuing the kids with an understanding of the ecosystem, and how various human activities affect it.”

4th Grade Enrichment Teacher
Ossining, NY


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