Center for Ecoliteracy Publications

These publications, by Center for Ecoliteracy board and staff members and colleagues whose work we respect, expand on the discussions in this website of the theory and practice of ecological literacy in education. "Publications" include books, downloadable publications such as teachers' guides, and essays by a variety of experts.


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The Center for Ecoliteracy has created a number of book-length publications, available for purchase. They present its ideas in greater depth than is possible on this website, offer resources for educators concerned with schooling for sustainability, and document the accomplishments of the schooling for sustainability movement.
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Daniel Goleman
Lisa Bennett
Zenobia Barlow
Read what happens when emotional and social intelligence meet ecological intelligence.
Smart by Nature: Schooling for Sustainability Book
Michael K. Stone
David Orr calls Smart by Nature "must reading" for educators, parents, and the concerned public.


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The Center for Ecoliteracy makes many of its extended publications available for downloading at no cost. They include Smart by Nature™ downloadable resources; a teacher's guide for the film Food, Inc., a guide for starting school gardens; the Center's Rethinking School Lunch Guide; a visual guide to linking food, culture, health, and the environment; and a guide to district wellness policies.
Students in grades 3–5 sample different fruit or vegetable varieties, learn about seasons, microclimates, and growing requirements.
Students in grades 6–8 research the origin and migration of key ingredients typical of five different regions of the world.


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Through its newsletter and website, the Center for Ecoliteracy offers concise essays presenting the perspectives of leading thinkers, educators, and policy makers. Its contributors probe the connections that link childhood obesity and other school food, environmental issues and public policy, the interdependence of human and ecological communities, and education for sustainability.
California Thursdays April 2015 Launch
Forty-two participating districts serve a meal featuring California foods. The State Assembly proclaims "California Thursday" throughout the state.
Climate-Smart Ranching: An Interview with Kat Taylor and Wendy Millet
Kat Taylor
Wendy Millet
TomKat Ranch is a huge experiment to investigate the environmental and economic benefits of sustainable animal agriculture.


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Center for Ecoliteracy videos offer windows into our projects and activities while showcasing ideas and leaders in the schooling for sustainability movement.
A video in which third-grade students at West Oakland's Hoover Elementary explore interactions among diverse species of plants and animals in their...
The actor, talk show host, and author stands up for school food to help kid learn, grow, and succeed. (90 seconds)
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