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CELF Summer Institutes
5th Annual Sustainable Future EXPO
School Eco-Footprint Program
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Summer Institute
Upcoming CELF Events

Green Schools Coalition Strategic Planning Retreat
June 5 at Teatown Nature Center, co-sponsored and co-facilitated by CELF

CELF Summer Institute for Middle & High School Educators
July 12-16 at Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY

CELF Summer Institute for K-5 Educators
July 19-21 at Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY

CELF Summer Institute for Middle & High School Educators 
July 19-23 at Simmons College, Boston, MA

Primary Source Global Education Institute
July 26-30, Boston, MA

Fall Eco-Footprint Programs:

Manhattan Country Day School

Katonah Elementary School
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We hope this inaugural monthly newsletter finds you enjoying a productive spring. Here at CELF, we've been busy - some might say frenetic - successfully sharing the message of sustainability in many different forums. Whether you are a student, teacher, administrator, executive, butcher, baker or candlestick maker, as a friend of CELF we hope you will appreciate learning more about what we've been up to. So read on, and stay in touch.

CELF SUMMER INSTITUTE: Manhattanville College (NY) & Simmons College (MA)

REGISTER TODAY! Now in its sixth year, CELF's Summer Institute for Sustainability Education has trained hundreds of private and public school educators from across the nation.

Manhattanville College (NY):       
Middle/High School Educators: July 12-16 
Elementary School Educators: July 19-21

Simmons College (MA)
Middle/High School Educators: July 19-23

Every year, the Institute provides educators with professional growth, thought-provoking discussion and expert-led curriculum development. The course offers break-out sessions on timely subjects using the school building and grounds as learning tools. Participants are guided as they re-frame a curriculum unit of their choice with sustainability as an underlying theme and gain exemplar lesson materials with readings, directions and essential content.


CELF's Fifth annual EXPO took place April 20th, featuring an evening format and a focus on green schools, plus a partnership with the Green Schools Coalition of Westchester (GSCW) - all new for 2010. The evening schedule offered more opportunity for intimate dialogue among exhibitors and an inspiring experience for ALL attendees. Stay tuned for EXPO '11 details!

A CELF student intern demonstrates the LifeStraw
CELF Eco-Footprint Program

estimated # of students & teachers;
different school groups represented;
 69 total # exhibits; 21 student booths;
 201 GSCW Conference attendance;
740 total estimated attendance

And the educators said...

"The CELF Expo was a truly wonderful experience for me and my students. I was so proud of my 7th graders and how they passionately showed off their work, enthusiastically explaining things to an endless stream of visitors to our table. They all had ample opportunity to explore the rest of the EXPO, returning to me with squeals of delight every time they found something new and interesting."
~~Johanna Mustacchi, Media Literacy Teacher

    Pierre Van Cortlandt Middle School, Croton Harmon Schools 

"Congratulations on pulling off that amazing gathering of sustainable thinkers and doers. Our students enjoyed connecting with other students. Near the end of the evening they began to pour out ideas about sustainability at Hackley. It seemed to be the perfect environment for them to gather their thoughts and express their own perspectives on our joint efforts. Thanks for the great opportunity to participate."
~~Anne Gatschet, Teacher & Sustainability Director
   The Hackley School, Tarrytown


April 7, CELF conducted an Eco-Footprinting program for the seventh grade at Blind Brook Middle School, in Rye Brook. The program is a full-day workshop designed to help students gain a better Student auditor.newsletterunderstanding of the impact their school has on the environment. As teams of eco-detectives, students investigate the resources consumed and waste produced every day at their school. Student teams then create specific, achievable Action Plans.

CELF has conducted 10 Eco-Footprinting workshops at middle and elementary schools since Fall 2007, reaching well over 3,000 students throughout the region.

  • Byram Hills High School Science Department Professional Development Workshop - 2010 Staff Development Day
  • Quad-Village CELF Sustainability Education Professional Development Series, CELF led 3 part series during Spring 2010, sponsored by Edith Winthrop Teachers Center for K-12 teachers from Dobbs Ferry, Irvington and Ardsley, NY
  • Chappaqua Environmental Fair, Eco-Footprint information booth
  • Student Sustainability Summit, at Hackley School, Presenter
  • Green Schools Alliance Conference, at Fieldston (NYC), panelist, topic: Sustainability in K-12 Education
  • Dobbs Ferry Climate Leadership Summit, at Masters School: CELF led round table discussion - topic: K-12 Education as an incubator for agents of change and its potential as a cornerstone for increasing knowledge and skills to address climate change and sustainability
  • Blind Brook Middle School Footprint Program, Rye Brook - 7th grade CELF Eco-Footprint Program
  • SUNY-Purchase College, Presenter
  • Green Schools Coalition of Westchester Spring Membership Conference, CELF co-sponsor with Westchester County & Teatown Lake Reservation/Organizer, at Pace University
  • CELF Students for a Sustainable Future EXPO, at Pace University


  • Leadership Grant Seminar for Participating NY Districts [Yonkers, New Rochelle and Scarsdale], at Scarsdale Curriculum Center, Grant leader/Seminar leader
  • Chappaqua High School Career Day, Horace Greeley High School, Panelist
  • Solutions Lab 2010, Bloomberg Headquarters, NYC, Participant
  • Sustainable Westchester, Chappaqua Library Panelist
If you are interested in finding out more about how CELF is involved in your school or community, or would like to talk about how to bring sustainability to your district or connect your sustainability efforts to education, please contact us.
Katie Ginsberg                                                                         
Executive Director                                                                                                
The Children's Environmental Literacy Foundation (CELF)
(914) 238-4743