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EcoRise mobilizes a new generation of leaders to design healthy, just, and thriving communities for all.

We work at the intersection of sustainability education, climate resilience, and environmental justice by elevating youth voices and advancing student-led solutions to real-world challenges. We offer a range of curricula and programs for students, teachers, school districts, and partners, designed to advance environmental literacy, sustainable schools, and equitable access to green career pathways.

With over 17 years of experience working with education programs serving youth, Gina LaMotte founded EcoRise (formerly Uplift Austin) in 2008. EcoRise began in one public high school in Austin, Texas, with the mission of inspiring a new generation of leaders to design a more sustainable future for all.

Our Vision

We believe that K–12 education demands radical transformation, centered in climate justice. And, with the right resources, our youth are perfectly positioned to lead the way.

Learn more about our Vision 2025 here.

Our Approach

Elevating Youth Voices

We provide opportunities for diverse student leaders to influence environmental policy, cultivate climate resilience, and participate in the new green economy.

Expanding Educational Programs

We are expanding K-12 offerings with an emphasis on teacher support, community action, and environmental justice.

Advancing Systems Change

Through strategic partnerships, data, and technology, we accelerate the movement for climate resilience and equity in K–12 schools.

Building a Thriving Organization

We invest in our school programs and team development with data-informed improvements and a commitment to building an organization that centers equity.

Our Values


Meet the team that makes it happen – our dedicated staff, board of directors, and advisory council.


Meet Our Team

Meet the public and private sector partners that significantly amplify our sustainability impact.


Meet Our Partners

We serve teachers and students across all 50 U.S. states and in 54 other countries.

During the 2022–2023 school year we served:






Learn More About Our Impact

EcoRise has not only allowed me to become a better teacher, but it has allowed my students to become better learners. The curriculum has brought excitement back into the classroom for so many of my students and it brings out leaders that I never had before!

Allison BeardenOakcrest Intermediate School, Tomball, Texas