Environment in Action initiative of The Center for Sustainable Development (CSD) within The Earth Institute at Columbia University came about as a means to apply the knowledge and research of Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory scientists at The Earth Institute to science curricula of schools and community centers in developing countries where the Center works in education spheres. 

 

It soon became clear that regardless of country and setting, every community of learners can benefit from environmental education at homes, schools, businesses and communities.

 

By presenting science that is alive and relevant to the daily lives of students, the Eco Ambassadors program is meant to engage our next generation youth in all places, so that they can begin educating their own communities about local environmental issues and start small steps to solving these issues with community action. It aims to engage interested participants in meaningful ways. Parts of the program uses Design for Change’s Feel-Imagine-Do-Share method. The initiative is in partnership with Sustainable Development Solutions Network's Global Schools Program.

As of Fall 2019, CSD's lessons from the Eco Ambassador summer pilot and discussions on expanding education for sustainability helped re-strategize the approach for 2019-2020 Eco Ambassador Program. The key framework for components of the program is illustrated below.

There are meetings in October 2019 for all current and new Eco Ambassadors! (See flyer below).

If you cannot make this one, please keep an eye out, there will be more :)

If you are interested in the Eco Ambassador program or starting your chapter, please contact: iyengar@ei.columbia.edu

If you have questions on program contents and activities, please contact: hshin@ei.columbia.edu

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