Core Programs


Our flagship program includes access to K–12 curricula, a year of professional development, one-on-one support from EcoRise Staff, connections to partners, and access to student grants.

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Leading the way in sustainability education and green job opportunities for high schoolers, this program equips underrepresented youth to flourish as eco-literate citizens in work and in life.

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Recognized as leaders in sustainability education, EcoRise Teacher Ambassadors are experienced educators with a commitment to the EcoRise mission, core values, and student outcomes.

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EcoRise Curriculum

Free Sample Curriculum

Includes stand-alone lessons from all of our curriculum suites plus bonus curricula: EV Lessons for Schools, Understanding Our Water Footprint, and the Biomimicry & Science Design Challenge Module.

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& Science

Challenges chemistry, physics, and biology students to look more deeply at “nature as mentor” in order to solve sustainability challenges

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Business of
Social Good

Introduces principles of social entrepreneurship, sustainability, and design thinking and challenges students to develop a business idea

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Builds sustainability knowledge across seven different eco-themes including water, waste, food, energy, air, public spaces, and transportation

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Green Building Lessons for a Sustainable Future

Project-based lesson plans explore the built and natural environment and give students the tools to become LEED credentialed

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Guides students to develop and implement creative solutions to pressing problems by using EcoRise’s design-thinking process

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Special Initiatives

School as a Teaching Tool

With the goal of creating a culture of sustainability in a school community, EcoRise serves as the bridge between the architects of green schools — designers, builders, municipalities, and districts — and the students, educators, and staff who will occupy them.

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Gen:Thrive is a collaborative initiative to accelerate sustainability and environmental education programs in K–12 schools. Through a robust community mapping process, we aim to provide the information and insights needed to foster the next generation of resilient sustainability leaders.

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City Partnerships

EcoRise’s eco-literacy programs go hand-in-hand with climate resiliency and mitigation. We partner with municipalities on climate or sustainability initiatives so teachers and students can become active participants in greening their city and effecting change in their communities.

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For city sustainability leaders looking for ways to increase their local impact, EcoRise is a perfect partner. Not only are they effective, EcoRise inspires your local community to become part of the solution.

Lucia AthensChief Sustainability Officer, Austin, Texas

We also offer training programs to help teachers unlock student innovation

PBL Academy

This Academy trains and supports teachers in transforming passive learning into active participation using the Problem-Based Learning pedagogy, linking multidisciplinary programs with sustainability education.

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Professional Development Training

We provide year-round, face-to-face and/or online professional development for teachers, which introduces the curriculum, the Eco-Audit Grant process, and instructional best practices rooted in design thinking and project-based learning.

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

During the 2020–2021 school year we served:






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