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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.

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Dispatch from San Francisco: Ecoliteracy for All
Alice Lee Tebo

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

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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.

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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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Bringing People Back into the Economy

The renewable energy of ecology, sharing, solidarity, and compassion must counter the destructive energy of greed creating scarcity at every level.

Vandana Shiva
But I Am a Child Who Does

The author’s children, growing up with locally grown food and without television, prefer fresh vegetables to junk food.

Sandra Steingraber
California Food for California Kids

An initiative with ideas, models, and resources focused on California that can be adapted anywhere.

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.

Campuses and Buildings That Teach

As David W. Orr has said, "Buildings have their own hidden curriculum that teaches us as effectively as any course taught in them."

Michael K. Stone
Case Study: Implementing a Farm-to-School Lunch Program

Building relationships — with nutrition services staff members, local farmers, and the community — is key to developing a successful program.

Nancy May
Case Study: Vermicomposting

Vermicomposting provides a way for waste management and reduction to become part of the academic curriculum.

Binet Payne
Civic Engagement

Students become motivated when their work has meaning to the wider community.

Michael K. Stone
Collaborative Decision-Making

Collaborative decision-making teaches skills needed for living in communities.

Michael K. Stone
Connecting Health with Educational Goals

If one of our primary goals as educators is to help students prepare for healthy and productive lives, then nutrition and health education are central to that goal

Marilyn Briggs
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