Environmental and Sustainability Literacy Plan

Contact Information

Environment and Sustainability Education

Elizabeth Schmitz

Program Supervisor

Danelle Bessett

Administrative Assistant

OSPI and Washington community partners, along with school and district leaders, led the development of the Washington State Environmental and Sustainability Literacy Plan. The plan aims to build on and leverage programs and initiatives already underway in Washington state. Our goal is for each and every student in Washington to increase their environmental literacy and enhance their academic achievement through real-world, integrated, project-based learning. Additionally, we want to ensure that Washington state is well-positioned to obtain private and public funding to support this work. The plan includes goals to support content integration and assessment of learners.

Literacy Plan

2022 Environmental Literacy Grants

OSPI has released $493,000 to support the implementation of Washington's 2022 Washington State Environmental and Sustainability Literacy Plan. The grants provide professional learning for educators and expand outdoor learning opportunities for youth across Washington this spring. Time spent learning outdoors boosts student engagement, academic achievement, social emotional learning, and health outcomes.

The following schools will expand outdoor learning for students and professional development for educators.

Three Community Based Organizations (CBOs), Pacific Education Institute (PEI), Garden-Raised Bounty (GruB), and Tilth Alliance, will provide professional development for educators and administrators.

PEI is distributing mini-grants to the following school districts. District plans include outdoor classroom development/expansion, professional learning, and purchasing essential outdoor learning supplies such as rain gear, binoculars, microscopes, field guides, and garden tools.

  • Bellingham
  • Cape Flattery
  • Cascade
  • Cathlamet
  • Concrete
  • Darrington
  • Federal Way
  • Highline
  • North Thurston
  • Olympia
  • Peninsula
  • Pullman
  • Riverview
  • Wahkiakum
  • Yakima