Children's Environmental Literacy Foundation (CELF)
CELF, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation, was founded in 2003 to promote awareness of the importance of sustainability education and to help schools and school districts make sustainability an ongoing part of education.
CELF provides consulting services for schools and school districts, training for teachers and administrators and sustainability education programs for students. Working with all kinds of schools—urban, suburban and rural, public and private—CELF's professional development programs are led by some of the most highly regarded authorities in the field.
Our Partnership with CELF:
In 2007, Shelburne Farms' SSP began partnering with CELF to advance our collective work in EFS. With small beginnings we shared resources and SSP staff supported CELFs growing professional development programs in conjunction with Manhattanville College. Most recently, in 2012, CELF and their partners including Shelburne Farms, committed to a new program as part of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitment Project.
CELF will "provide training for K-12 teachers to integrate sustainability as a context for enhancing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) teaching and learning through The Leadership Training in Sustainability Curriculum and Assessment Project. The project's goal is to increase interest, preparedness, and diverse representation of students, particularly girls, in STEM disciplines, improve their environmental literacy, attitude and behaviors and make explicit connections between the new Common Core Learning Standards the content and principles of Education for Sustainability. The project's strategy is to provide professional development for K-12 teachers using relevant, engaging 21st century contexts and methodologies that include active learning, collaboration, problems/issues-based connections, action research and critical thinking. " (from CGI Commitments website)