The Center for Ecoliteracy is a nonprofit that advances ecological education in K–12 schools. We recognize that students need to experience and understand how nature sustains life and how to live accordingly.
We engage with school communities, foundations, filmmakers, and other change agents to further education that is smart, hopeful, and vital. Founded in 1995, the Center creates books and resources, offers professional development, and provides strategic consulting. Our work is based on systems thinking, leadership dynamics, and how young people learn. We recognize nature as our teacher and that sustainability is a community practice.
Our books include Ecoliterate: How Educators Are Cultivating Emotional, Social, and Ecological Intelligence; Smart by Nature: Schooling for Sustainability; and Ecological Literacy: Educating Our Children for a Sustainable World. Among our food-related resources are Big Ideas: Linking Food, Culture, Health, and the Environment; the Rethinking School Lunch Guide; and the cookbook and professional development guide Cooking with California Food in K–12 Schools. Our discussion guides include the Academy award-nominee Food, Inc.
The Center for Ecoliteracy was cofounded by Fritjof Capra, author and systems thinker; Peter Buckley, farmer and founder of the David Brower Center; and Zenobia Barlow, who serves as executive director. It is located in the award-winning David Brower Center, a home for environmental and social action in Berkeley, California.