About the Environmental Literacy and Sustainability Initiative

The San Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE) launched the Environmental Literacy and Sustainability Initiative (ELSI) at the start of the 2017-18 school year. The core foundations and purpose of this initiative are built into the initiative mission: The Environmental Literacy and Sustainability Initiative (ELSI) provides "backbone support" to San Mateo County Schools in prioritizing environmental literacy and integrating environmental sustainability and climate-resilient practices across a school's campus, curriculum, community, and culture.

Programs and Networks

Through a variety of program and network efforts, SMCOE seeks to equip school communities with the knowledge, skills, and support to integrate sustainable and climate-ready schools practices across their campus, curriculum, community and culture. Learn more about SMCOE's Environmental Literacy and Sustainability Initiative (ELSI) Programs and Networks below (listed in alphabetical order), and explore the links to visit program pages:

Check out Interviews with Changemakers to hear stories from changemakers who have participated in these programs and networks and have led change in their school communities for environmental and climate literacy, as well as sustainable and climate ready schools efforts.

Technical Assistance and Resources

SMCOE's Environmental Literacy and Sustainability Initiative (ELSI) offers a wide variety of Technical Assistance Services for school and districts that provide support for navigating through the phases of systemtic integration of sustainable and climate-ready schools: establishing buy-in, assessing the current status, and strategic planning, implementation, and continuous improvement. Example support services include consultation and coaching, training and professional development, assessment and stragegic planning, and project management.  To learn more about services visit the ELSI Technical Assistance Services Overview that describes a tiered menu of options.

Julie Hilborn

Coordinator, Environmental Literacy and Sustainability

Email: jhilborn@smcoe.org

Phone: (650) 802-5406

May Tran

Administrative Assistant III

Email: mtran@smcoe.org

Phone: (650) 802-5561