The Children's Environmental Literacy Foundation (CELF)
May 2011 News
DID YOU KNOW?
The LifeStraw Saves Lives
Since CELF first featured the Vesterguaard Frandsen LifeStraw at our EXPO 07', this portable water filter has become our (and your) favorite innovative, sustainably designed product.
LifeStraw has saved countless lives from disease and death due to consumption of contaminated water.
Just $6.50 will provide a child with pure drinking water for approximately one year. You can help!
Find out how. CELF has teamed with Rotary International to help individuals, schools & communities raise money to purchase LifeStraws for suffering communities. READ MORE...
NYLCV Honors CELF
Outstanding Leadership & Commitment
Westchester NYLCV Board Member Reese Berman with CELF Founder, Executive Director Katie Ginsberg
On May 3, 2011, The New York League of Conservation Voters (NYLCV) honored CELF at the Ritz-Carlton, White Plains, for its forward thinking environmental literacy and sustainability programs that have inspired and prepared teachers and students since 2003.
"Thanks to CELF's efforts, hundreds of schools across the nation now embrace the lens of sustainability to transform curriculum, school operations and activities, and foster the development of creative and responsible citizens." New York League of Conservation Voters.
Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner, Joe Martens, was the keynote speaker; Thalle Industries of Briarcliff Manor was also honored at the event. READ MORE...
Registration NOW open for CELF'S 8th Annual Summer Institute in July. Inquiring minds want to know:
?What is Education for Sustainability?!Show me the links to STEM criteria, please!?What will it look like in my classroom??How do I integrate these concepts into my existing curriculum in an engaging way??Where will I find the class time to build a relevant core foundation of sustainability into my scope & sequence??How will this course make me a better teacher?
FIND OUT! READ MORE...
Student Sustainability Summit
Tomorrow's Environmental Leaders
The second Annual Student Sustainability Summit took place April 10 at the Hackley School, Tarrytown, NY. Sixty students participated from 19 different private & public schools across the region in a day-long project planning event. These are tomorrow's leaders for a more sustainable future! READ MORE...
The CELF Eco-Footprint Program is a full-day, hands-on, inquiry-based exploration that measures and evaluates a school's impact on the environment and serves as a useful planning and teaching tool to reduce that impact.
As investigators, students at Manhattan County School, Irvington Middle School and Chatsworth Elementary School in Larchmont, collected data about their schools' buildings and operations and determined ways to decrease consumption and waste. At all three schools we were impressed by the commitment and creativity of the students and enjoyed collaborating with the staff.
"Nothing beats authentic inquiry," Gail Boyle, Principal, Chatsworth Elementary School. "That's what the footprint program is."
Stay tuned for the CELF Eco-Footprint video... and see first-hand how students can become informed agents of change.
The Children's Environmental Literacy Foundation (CELF) is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization helping schools establish sustainability education as an integral part of every child's K-12 learning experience.
CELF programs are supported by the generosity of individuals & organizations such as you. Thank you for your support.
CELF PARTNERS WITH LIFESTRAW & ROTARY
100% of the donations collected by our partner, "The Rotary 1090 Foundation", go directly to the purchase and freight costs of the LifeStraw.
Currently LifeStraws are going to Haiti to prevent Cholera and other waterborne illnesses. More than 20,000 straws have been delivered to Haiti.