EcoRise inspires a new generation of leaders to design a sustainable future for all.

Our school-based programs empower youth to tackle real-world challenges in their schools and communities by teaching sustainability, design innovation, and social entrepreneurship.

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

By the end of the 2020–2021 school year, EcoRise aims to engage over 4,000 educators and impact more than 250,000 K–12 students.

We'll do this by:

Launching our programs in a network of high-impact hubs in underserved communities and improving our workforce development offerings.
Deepening the impact of our programs by recruiting additional Teacher Ambassadors, expanding our Student Innovation Fund, and continuing external evaluations of our programs.


Generating financial sustainability through multi-year commitments, increased fundraising capacity, and the development of a rainy-day fund.
Fostering a thriving organization by promoting a strong culture and recruiting incredible people from across the country to join our staff, board, and advisory council.

Our Values

We currently serve teachers and students across all 50 U.S. states and in 53 countries.

During the 2020–2021 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