Applications Open for the Teacher Leadership Institute for Sustainability

🌍 “Every Classroom a Green Classroom” 🌍

Applications are open for Santa Cruz County Office of Education’s Teacher Leadership Institute for Sustainability. The goal of this teacher institute is to support TK-12 teachers in integrating environmental issues into classroom curriculum in any content area and empowering students in sustainability efforts in their community.

TK-12 TEACHERS APPLY HERE! DEADLINE TO APPLY IS SEPTEMBER 15, 2023. Space is limited to ensure participation across districts and grade bands.

Participants will:

  • Engage as learners alongside passionate peer educators to deepen understanding of environmental literacy and foundational sustainability frameworks
  • Identify environmental issues relevant to students and connect with your classroom curriculum
  • Collaborate with local environmental education partners for support of outdoor learning and stewardship
  • Identify opportunities for students to contribute to Green School Certification and/or other existing district greening efforts
  • Share their “green classroom profiles” telling the stories of their action projects at the final “share case” in April


  • October 1 & 14: Kick-off at Seymour Marine Discovery Center
  • 3 virtual after school sessions: October 17, November 17, and December 5
  • January 20: Collaboration Work Party
  • April 20: Final Green Classroom Recognition Event at Seymour Marine Discovery Center

Stipend: $1,200 upon completion of full program.

For more information, see the program website or contact Amity Sandage, Environmental Literacy Coordinator, at

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