Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability

Environmental Education


Education teaches us what to pay attention to, influences what we see as important. At its best, environmental education simply provides all of us the opportunity to reconnect with what eminent biologist EO Wilson refers  to as biophilia: the innate love we all have for life. In a time when many are disconnected from the rest of the natural world, what Louv calls "nature deficit disorder," the CEJS is supporting education in a variety of ways. 

Work we support.

The CEJS is addressing the challenges of environmental justice through the support of environmental education programs. Focused on K-12 schools, these environmental literacy programs are intended to strengthen the voices of communities that have experienced adverse health effects due to air, soil and water pollution. We also seek to support community health by educating youth about organic food systems. Read more about Dr. Efird's Danny Woo Garden project.   

The CEJS also supports the improvement of environmental education in K-12 and higher education. Our current projects include the development of new curricula for Seattle University's environmental science program and Dr. Trileigh Tucker's examination of how environmental justice is taught across the country.

Upcoming Events

OCTOBER 11, 2016:

Integrating Sustainability Across the Curriculum

Kevin Wilhelm, author of Making Sustainability Stick, will discuss how faculty can integrate sustainability into their courses and across disciplines.  

OCTOBER 29, 2016:

Halloween Costume Party

A night of music, dancing, and fun-raising to support Nicamigos. Read more.


CEJS Highlights

Call for Proposals: WAHESC Conference

CEJS is a proud sponser of this year's Washington Higher Education Sustainability Conference (WAHESC), held on February 16-17, 2017, at Gonzaga University in Spokane.

WAHESC is a regionally-focused opportunity for those teaching, working, or studying within higher education to come together and learn about sustainability in academics, operations, and research.

The template for submitting a proposal is here. Proposal deadline is October 14th, and selection decisions will be made by November 4th