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The EEI, with its broad reach, proven curriculum, and ambitious goal of leading the nation in environmental literacy, is one of the most significant philanthropic initiatives impacting California's schools.

An Unprecedented Initiative

Pavley, AB 1548, Chapter 665, Statutes of 2003

Bi-Partisan Support: Signed into California law by Governor Gray Davis in 2003 and supported and funded by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in both 2005 and 2008.

Author: Senator Fran Pavley

Sponsored by Heal the Bay, a non-profit environmental organization based in Southern California.

Key Mandates:

  • Development of Environmental Principles and Concepts (EP&Cs).
  • Development of a K-12 model curriculum.
  • Alignment to California's academic content standards.
  • Incorporation of the EP&Cs into textbook adoption criteria.
  • Approval of the model curriculum by the State Board of Education.
  • Coordination and collaboration with the State's educational agencies
  • Coordination and oversight of all state K-12 environmental education-related materials.

The Next Essential Steps

1. Outreach and education to raise awareness about the EEI Curriculum with California school districts
2. Provide and enhance the online and digital versions of the EEI Curriculum to California's teachers
3. Recruit early adopter school districts and their leadership
4. Train teachers in the curriculum's content and use
5. Print and distribute select curriculum components for districts
6. Evaluate the curriculum's use and effectiveness
7. Build long-term sustainability for the EEI in California schools









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Education and the Environment Initiative,
Last updated: June 25, 2012

"Field-testing the EEI Curriculum in my classroom was a high point in my career.
To watch students engage with the natural world and make new intellectual connections as a result of their learning is educational gold."

– Second Grade Teacher
Elk Grove Unified School District