CELF’s Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action Project:
CELF Leadership Training in Sustainability Curriculum

When students connect content to sustainability, they become engaged as learners, environmental stakeholders, and take greater ownership of school and community sustainability practices and initiatives. For these reasons, ten New York City schools showed their commitment to making explicit curricular connections to sustainability through ongoing participation in the CELF Leadership Training in Sustainability Curriculum Program.

In partnership with the Department of Education’s Sustainability Initiative, the Project delivers professional learning opportunities, providing tools and guidance for teachers to identify access points for Education for Sustainability within their curriculum and place-based learning opportunities in their school communities. This past year, participating schools documented the existing connections between content and the twelve Big Ideas of Sustainability, from CELF's project partner, Shelburne Farms Sustainable Schools Project.

CELF is proud to acknowledge the individuals who comprised each school’s team and their progress meeting Education for Sustainability professional development goals.

See participating schools below!

Utilizing multi-grade, school-wide initiatives to make sustainability education visually engaging, tangible and an integral part of the school community.

Expanding an environmentally oriented school with enhanced connections between EfS and curriculum.

Working to incorporating sustainability themes into the curriculum every year to ensure focus and continuity for students and teachers.

Increasing “place-based” education by linking classroom lessons to campus resources to captures students’ imagination and increase eco-literacy skills.

Rebranding PS3 as a school dedicated to EfS as a centerpiece of its commitment to education.

Identifying “access points” in the school curriculum – opportunities to systematically embed EfS across grade levels.

Incorporating EfS into a rigorous academic curriculum, strengthening the context and process for learning and student outcomes.

Creating a unified learning experience through curricular mapping and experiential learning, from soil study and STEM robotics to dairy farming.

Demonstrating how to literally “dig in” to lessons on sustainability through PS50’s signature rooftop and yard gardens.

Launching its first annual school-wide sustainability event, “Sustainable is Attainable,” MS 51’s commitment to EfS is coming together in a powerful way for both students and teachers.

The CELF NYC Leadership Training in Sustainability Curriculum Project
is a Clinton Global Initiative Commitment Project. Each school participating in this Project is highlighted at the Annual CGI Global Conference. The Project is in partnership with the New York State Department of Education, its Sustainability initiative and Shelburne Farms Sustainable Schools Project.  To learn more, contact Katie Ginsberg, CELF Executive Director,
Katie@celfeducation.org or call

See highlights of CELF at the '13 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting: New York City, Sept 23-26.





Jacqueline Mooney-O'Brien 
Alan Cass

NYC Department of Education Sustainability Initiative
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