Center for Ecoliteracy Essays

Through its newsletter and website, the Center for Ecoliteracy offers concise essays presenting the perspectives of leading thinkers, educators, and policy makers. Contributors probe the connections including links between school food and combating childhood obesity, environmental issues and public policy, the interdependence of human and ecological communities, and education for sustainability.

Many of these essays have been written specifically for the Center. New essays are added regularly.

Dispatch from San Francisco: Ecoliteracy for All

San Francisco USD uses Center for Ecoliteracy principles as a guiding framework in its sustainability initiative.

California Food for California Kids Awards

The Center recognizes innovative leaders and school districts in the movement to incorporate fresh, seasonal food in school meals.

New Lessons from Leonardo
Fritjof Capra

To reconnect us with the living Earth today, we need exactly the kind of synthesis Leonardo outlined 500 years ago.

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After Boston, Eyes-Wide-Open Hope?

How do we know the difference between head-in-the-sand hope and eyes-wide-open hope? One is a killer; the other, a life-giver.

Frances Moore Lappé
Against All Odds: School Gardens Bloom in West Contra Costa

A collaborative of teachers, administrators, community members, and students creates successful school gardens in some tough places through the power of community.

An Interview with Communications Consultant Andy Goodman

How can we promote school lunch improvements to attract support from students and parents?

Janet Brown
An Interview with J.P. Dozier and Marc Zammit

How do you approach the problem of managing costs in a healthy nutrition services program?

Michael K. Stone
Answers to Basic Facilities Questions

What is the ideal planning process for updating the facilities in a district wanting to improve school lunch?

Michael K. Stone
Becoming Ecoliterate

What it means, what it offers.

Daniel Goleman
Lisa Bennett
Zenobia Barlow
Becoming Healthy by Nature

Nature teaches schools how to choose practices that promote the health of people.

Michael K. Stone
Beyond a Garden in Every School

School gardens should be thought of as the center of the school, and not just another program or place.

Philip Nix
Biosphere Education

New curricula combine biosphere awareness with cultivation of empathy to help students make global emotional connections.

Jeremy Rifkin
Brain Food for Kids

Children's behavior, intelligence, and performance are significantly affected by the quantity and quality of what they eat.

Alan Greene
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