Children’s Environmental Literacy Foundation

The Children’s Environmental Literacy Foundation (CELF) was founded in 2003 on the principle that education for sustainability (EfS) is essential for today’s K-12 students. EfS is a teaching methodology that develops critical thinking skills necessary to understand and take action on complex, interconnected issues. Students today face unprecedented challenges and an imperative to balance economic, social, and environmental problems. They need to feel inspired and be prepared to innovate new solutions.  CELF programs use real-world problem solving to prepare students with the holistic thinking skills and motivation to become agents of change for a healthier, more stable, and sustainable future.

What We Offer

  • Professional Development Workshops on EfS for K-12 Administrators and Teachers
  • Schoolwide and Districtwide Leadership in EfS Consulting
  • Annual CELF Summer Institute for K-12 Educators
  • Student Ambassador Program / Walk for Water
  • NGSS Citizen Science for Sustainable Communities
  • EfS Blended Learning Courses for K-12 Educators


Scheduled PD Offerings

2018 Annual Summer Institute: July 9 – 12 @ Manhattanville College, Westchester County, New York


The Institute is a four-day immersion in the principles and practices of EfS. Institute tracks include (1) Leading School Change for administrators and team leaders and (2) Instructional Practices & Curriculum Design for classroom teachers seeking to adapt their curriculum using sustainability principles and practices. Educator teams from across the country engage in active learning experiences that deepen their knowledge of EfS principles and practices and model applying EfS as an integrating context for student learning and community action. School teams explore how to adjust lesson plans, align curriculum, and walk away from the Institute with tools for EfS implementation. School teams collaborate to engage in curriculum integration, including design of student sustainability projects that connect with campus and/or community projects (e.g. gardens, town renewal programs, waterway clean-up and conservation projects, citizen science projects, etc.).