What Is EEI?

The California Education and the Environment Initiative (EEI) is part of statewide effort to ensure all California K- 12 students are environmentally literate and can help shape a prosperous and sustainable world.

The EEI was signed into law in 2003 and mandated the creation of a standards-based curriculum to bring education about the environment into California’s K-12 schools. The EEI Curriculum consists of 85 state-adopted and approved science and history-social science units that complement existing instructional materials, allowing teachers to substitute EEI lessons for portions of their current textbooks.

Who We Are

EEI is a program of CalRecycle's Office of the Education and the Environment (OEE). Located in Sacramento, California, our office staff includes environmental education specialists and a team of teacher ambassadors. Our key implementation partners include the California Regional Environmental Education Community Network and Ten Strands, a nonprofit organization that supports environment-based education.

Our Mission

To foster environmental literacy among California K-12 students by providing educators with the necessary tools, resources, and training to teach academic standards through an environmental lens.

Our Vision

Through increased environmental literacy, every Californian can help shape a prosperous and sustainable world.