Colorado EECapacity State Consoritium
Please find below detailed information on the EPA's EECapacity Colorado State Consortium.
Click here for the Colorado EECapacity Consortium Infographic
Click here for a Prezi of the capacities, assets and connections of the Colorado EECapacity Consortium
Overview Information from National EECapacity Project
- Overview Brochure about EECapacity
- EECapacity at a Glance- Different Initatives within EECapacity
- EECapacity Highlights Diversity in Environmental Education
Information from December 13, 2012 Gathering
- Morning Agenda from December 13 Gathering- Anti-Oppression Training
- Afternoon Agenda from December 13 Gathering
- Download: Inclusiveness-Anti-Oppression Information/Resource from Meeting
Additional Inclusiveness Resources- Specific for Environmentally Oriented Organizations:
These articles have been helpful in breaking down big ideas and theory into practical applications for environmental non-profits and programming. These are great sources of information as you are planning for 2013. Click on titles to be taken to the article website.
- Diversifying the Conservation Movement, Marcelo Bonta and Charles Jordan, Land Trust Alliance Magazine. This article provides background on the importance of diversifying the environmental/conservation field and helpful suggestions on how you can do this from the movement, organizational and individual level.
- Facing the Future, Barry Yeoman, Audubon Magazine While environmental groups often work toward preserving biodiversity in ecosystems, many are now grappling with trying to figure out how to diversify their own organizations.
- Understanding Cultural Competency in Experiential Environmental Education Programs, Barr Foundation. This is an excellent article/case study of environmental education programs that provides a framework, strategies and cultural competency metrics for organizations and programs.
- Denver Foundation's Nonprofit Inclusiveness Workbook- this an excellen workbook to help with organizational inclusiveness. They have also shared example blueprints of organizations that have been part of their inclusiveness collaborative- some of which have an environmental focus. Blueprints: http://www.nonprofitinclusiveness.org/blueprints
Additional Articles of Interest Related to Community and Urban Environmental Education
- What's Good in Your Hood? Nearby Nature and Human Hope by Akiima Price
- Feature on Adam Brock from the GrowHaus on Civil Eats Facces and Visions of the Food Movement
- Urban WIldlife Refuge Initiative: A New Idea to Connect Urban Kids to Nature
- Building a Bridge Between Environment and Equity- from the EPA's Environmental Justice in Action Blog
Resources on Developing Community and/or Urban Environmental Education Programs
- Guidelines for Excellence- Environmental Education in Urban Communities- How to Grow a Community Based EE Program
- Lesson Plans for Urban Environmental Education (developed through the online EECapacity course- EE in Urban Communities)
From 2011 Course: http://civicecology.org/doc/2011-EEUC-lessons.pdf
Resources on Assessment and Measuring Outcomes
- My Environmental Education Evaluation Resource Assistant- online evaluation consultant to assist with evaluation needs.
- My eeEcology Map- A visual and written guide to your own understanding of how your activities enable you to help the people and places you care about and what you hope to accomplish as an environmental educator.
- Tools for Measuring Outcomes of Environmental Education- including interest to spend time in nature, students' environmental journals and environmental research competence. These tools were developed from an online EECapacity course on - Measuring EE Outcomes and includes examples from two Colorado organization- Thorne Nature Institute (on After School Programs) and Denver Slow Food (on Food Literacy).
- Research- Effects of Environmental Education Programs on the Environmental Orientations of Children from Different Gender, Age & Ethnic Groups.
Information from November 29, 2012 Gathering
Environmental Justice Video Clips Shown
- Peggy Shephard TedX Harlem Talk on Environmental Justice and Sacrafice Zone
- Robert Bullard- The Father of Environmental Justice Video Series
- Van Jones TedX Talk- Linking Plastics to Poverty
Specific Articles connecting Environmetnal Education with Environmental Justice
Downloadable Resources on Envrionmental Justice- Information in which the presentation came from
- Principles of Environmental Education
- Environmental Justice Toxic Waste Report from 1987 to 2007
- Executive Summary-Gender, Organizing, and Movement Buildingat the Intersection of Environmental Justiceand Reproductive Justice
Web Resource on Environmental Justice
"Racism is the intentional or unintentional use of power to isolate, separate and exploit others. . . Racism is more than just a personal attitude; it is the institutionalized form of the attitude." -National Council of Churches Racial Justice Working Group. “Now all of the issues of environmental racism and environmental justice don't just deal with people of color. We are just as much concerned with inequities in Appalachia, for example, where the whites are basically dumped on because of lack of economic and political clout and lack of having a voice to say "no" and that's environmental injustice.”- Dr. Robert Bullard
Scorecard: The Pollution Information Site
The subject of environmental justice is important, sensitive, and hard to measure. Advocates make a strong case that poor communities and communities of color can bear more than their share of environmental burdens - but in which places, and to what extent? Scorecard profiles environmental burdens in every community in the U.S., identifying which groups experience disproportionate toxic chemical releases, cancer risks from hazardous air pollutants, or proximity to Superfund sites and polluting facilities emitting smog and particulates.
Applied Research Center
ARC explores why communities of color consistently are unemployed, hold less wealth, and are on the brink of poverty. See how we can narrow the racial wealth divide and create good, green jobs for all that can sustain our communities and the environment. ARC is part of environmental movements to challenge the structures that degrade our food, air and water and worsen poverty and discrimination.
Energy Justice Network
The Energy Justice Network is the grassroots energy agenda, supporting communities threatened by polluting energy and waste technologies. Taking direction from our grassroots base and the Principles of Environmental Justice, we advocate a clean energy, zero-emission, zero-waste future for all.
Center for Diversity & the Environment
The Center for Diversity & the Environment racially and ethnically diversifies the U.S. environmental movement by developing leaders, diversifying institutions, and building community. We envision a healthy, flourishing planet and society that sustainably and equitably meets the needs of all its citizens through an environmental movement that is diverse, inclusive, successful, vibrant, and relevant, taking into account the needs, perspectives, and voices of all. Affiliate organizations: Environmental Learning for Kids, Environmental Professionals of Color, Outward Bound Adventures, Center for Whole Communities, African American Outdoor Association.
Information from October 25, 2012 Gathering
Please note that this is the tentative agenda- an updated agenda will be posted after October 25.
- Agenda for October 25 Gathering- Community Environmental Education
- Pictures from meeting
- Draft Community Environmental Education Guidelines
- Contact Info for Akiima Price, EECapacity Leadership Team and person in charge of developing the Community Environmental Education Guidelines
- What's Good in My Hood Curriculum (developed by Akiima Price)
Agenda from September 27, 2012 Gathering
We have some additional handouts related to anti-opression and assessing your organization's inclusiveness. At the request of the facilitator, we are only sharing those via email with EECapacity Consortium Members. If you did not receive them or can't find them, you can request them from Malinda Mochizuki at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Agenda and Notes from September 27 Gathering
- Information & Resources from CAEE's Inclusiveness Initative website-with specific articles related to the environmental field.
Information/Resources From August 30, 2012 Gathering
- Agenda from August 30 Gathering
- Group Norms for State Consortium
- Powerpoint of Overview of EECapacity & State Consortium
- Powerpoint of Guidelines for Excellence in Environmental Education
- Guidelines for Excellence in Environmental Education website (including downloads and presentations)
- Earth Force 6 Step Service Learning Process
- Notes from small group discussion from "Connecting our Colorado EECapacity State Consortium" Activity
- Photos of "Connecting our Colorado EECapacity State Consortium" Activity
- List of Consortium Organizations, Mission Statements, Website & Contact
- Word Cloud of Consortium Organizations' Names
- Word Cloud of Consortium Organizations' Mission Statement
- National EECapacity Project Website
EECapacity Colorado State Consortium Overview
Mission: To build the capacity and partnerships between traditional and non-traditional environmental education organizations through relevant training and tools.
Vision: To build a more diverse and inclusive network in Colorado that values the perspectives of its members and ensures an environmentally literate population that works for a clean, healthy environment.
The Colorado EECapacity State Consortium will bring together a variety of environmental and community focused organizations that are committed to building and strengthening the overall capacity of the field of environmental education in Colorado to be more innovative, relevant, diverse, and inclusive. The members of the state consortium will consist of professionals working in diverse and urban areas that utilize both traditional and non-traditional environmental education settings, practices and networks. The state consortium will build the foundation for Colorado’s environmental education capacity by creating platforms for discussing innovations in environmental education practices that are relevant in an increasingly urban and diverse society. This will occur through the state consortium’s participation in professional development and events that facilitates the exchange of ideas, practices, and resources, as well as develops new partnerships and networks. (see visual overview of consortium).
SHORT TERM GOALS OF CONSORTIUM:
- A network building the capacity of environmental education through trainings & tools.
- Expand relationships and collaborations among organizations and communities- not duplicating efforts.
- Identify/develop environmental education ideas, practices and resources that can be shared widely.
LONG TERM GOALS OF CONSORITUM:
- Develop the overall capacity & pathways for environmental education practices, professionals ,leaders (esp. youth) to be more relevant, diverse and inclusive.
- More environmentally literate population through reaching more audiences in their local communities, connecting to quality of life, and empowering them to become informed decision makers about the environment.