At EcoRise, we strive to elevate student voices and advance student-led solutions to real-world challenges with programs focused on sustainability, climate justice, and green career pathways. This school year, our programs provided more than 320,000 students with the opportunity to step up as leaders and advocate for the changes our planet desperately needs.
As a community, we have confronted many challenges this school year, including the Covid-19 pandemic and extreme weather associated with the climate crisis. It has been an especially difficult year for our network of 5,739 K–12 educators, whose resilience and creativity ensured that students still had the opportunity to conduct Eco-Audits, develop projects, and share them with an authentic audience through our virtual student showcases like this one. Despite the disrupted educational environment, EcoRise granted more than $48,000 to students this year to create 88 solutions inspired by real-world environmental and social challenges in their communities. Check them out in the Student Innovation Fund section of our digital report.
At EcoRise, our Core Values have fueled our work this year and allowed us to creatively evolve programs to meet the needs of the current moment and reshape and reimagine programming for the future. This year, we published a new K–12 environmental justice curriculum, launched our Mayor’s Youth Engagement Council with municipal leaders, expanded our green building workforce development and internship programs, and piloted a program that brings complex climate data and GIS mapping into high school classrooms.
The support of our partners and donors has allowed us to deliver on our mission through these challenging and unpredictable times, mobilizing thousands of students as sustainability leaders over the last school year. Thank you for your continued support and partnership in this work.