On behalf of our board, staff, teachers, and students, I am thrilled to share our 2020–2021 Impact Report with you. The report highlights key milestones, program outcomes, and inspiring stories from EcoRise classrooms across the country.
This was a challenging and unpredictable year for educators. But I am proud of the more than 5,700 K–12 EcoRise teachers who ensured their students continued to have opportunities for authentic, sustainability-based learning experiences. Despite the disrupted educational environment, EcoRise students were granted $47,781 this year to create 87 solutions inspired by real-world environmental and social challenges in their community.
I am in awe of the way my colleagues have worked over the last year to reshape and reimagine EcoRise programs for the future. As a result of their efforts, we published a new K–12 environmental justice curriculum, launched the Mayor’s Youth Council with municipal leaders, expanded our green building programs, and piloted a partnership that brings hyper-local climate data and GIS mapping into high school classrooms. Details on each of these exciting initiatives can be found in our latest report.
“EcoRise helped me keep sight of what was important this year. Even through the struggles, there was a sense of being a part of something important, and having a group of like-minded professionals for support. Completing the public space lessons and Eco-Audit Grant for the garden really helped my students feel successful during difficult times. I love working with EcoRise.”
— Rosalie Patel, Boone Elementary, Austin, TX
One of the most important core values at EcoRise is gratitude and I have immense gratitude for this community’s unwavering support over the past year. We couldn’t have accomplished such meaningful impact without you. We hope you enjoy reading and exploring our 2020–2021 Impact Report!