Strategic Energy Innovations
Strategic Energy Innovations (SEI) is a nonprofit that builds leaders to drive climate solutions. For over 20 years, SEI’s focus has been on building capacity to create sustainable communities through scalable programs and models. Its flagship programs (Energize Schools, Energize Colleges, School of Environmental Leadership, and Climate Corps) integrate climate education, training, and career development. From young students to emerging professionals to communities, SEI programs engage local talent to directly address their community’s sustainability goals by leading projects with measurable environmental, economic, and social benefits.
What We Offer
Our instructional projects engage students in sustainability topics while developing valuable career skills. Curriculum is aligned with Common Core, California Career Technical Education, and Next Generation Science Standards. Choose from career technical courses, sustainability certificates, project-based learning units, and sustainability guides. SEI curriculum is free for California high school teachers. Visit Energize Schools to learn more.
Green Careers Conferences
The Energize Schools Green Careers Conferences are a place for high school students to explore career pathways within the environmental sector. Professionals join students in their community to talk about how they arrived in their current position and what their job entails and offer real feedback on the environmental issues they are supporting. Students also present on classroom and community projects they are working on to protect our planet.
Conservation Campaigns and Competitions
SEI hosts an annual Earth Day Competition to help schools design and implement campaigns that change sustainability behavior on campus and an Energy Conservation Competition where schools compete to see who can save the most electricity. SEI also supports campus green teams that make a difference in their communities using Energize Schools’ conservation ideas and project management tools. Visit Energize Schools to learn more.
Climate Corps Fellow at Your School or District
Climate Corps is a professional development program that places fellows at organizations or educational institutions to implement climate change resiliency projects. Fellows placed in K-12 schools have implemented Safe Routes to School programs, developed sustainability/climate protection curriculum, led K-12 green teams to implement “green” practices, and audited water and energy use. Visit Climate Corps to learn more.
School of Environmental Leadership
The School of Environmental Leadership (SEL) is a project-based, environmentally-focused program that emphasizes leadership development and the “Four Cs”: Collaboration, Communication, Critical Thinking, and Creativity. The four-year high school program empowers students to increase ownership of their educational experience and actively apply 21st century skills to drive environmental solutions. If you are interested in bringing SEL to your school or district, email info@TheSEL.org.
Scheduled PD Offerings
Teacher Training: Take Action for the Environment
October 15 and 16 @ 8am – 2:15pm
Engage in hands-on learning and access to curriculum on the following topics brought to you by Energize Schools: Carbon Cycle, Watershed Mapping, Biomimicry as a Design Solution, Energy Auditing, Designing a Solar USB Charger, and Participation in an Environmental Innovation Design Challenge. Any high school teacher interested in incorporating environmental literacy activities into their classroom is welcome. This training is a good fit for Science, CTE, or Civics teachers or teachers in an environmental pathway or academy. The training is funded by an environmental literacy grant and will be presented at no cost to high school educators in San Diego or Imperial Counties.