The SMCOE Environmental Literacy Initiative supports students in building their capacity to actively integrate environmental sustainability into their school communities, classrooms, and programs. For a full overview of the Environmental Literacy Initiative or for more information about the guiding philosophies and frameworks visit SMCOE’s Environmental Literacy Initiative Website.

Environmental Youth Leadership Network

The Environmental Youth Leaders Network (EYLN) brings together seventh- to twelfth-grade student leaders across San Mateo County who are eager to make an environmental sustainability impact in their community. It educates and empowers students to take action and be part of creating a sustainable future. EYLN also provides opportunities to collaborate, problem-solve, and network with like-minded students across the county.


SMCOE’s Environmental Literacy Initiative offers a number of programs geared towards youth leaders and parent volunteers. Learn more about these programs below and visit SMCOE's Environmental Literacy Initiative Programs for a list of all programs offered by the Environmental Literacy Initiative. 

  • Environmental Literacy Initiative Community of Practice: SMCOE convenes a network of educators and community partners on a quarterly basis to focus on the knowledge, skills, and values needed for moving environmental literacy forward across a school’s Campus and Operations, Curriculum and Instruction, and Community and Culture. To learn more about this program visit: Environmental Literacy Community of Practice.
  • Environmental Youth Leadership Network and Summits: The Environmental Youth Leaders Network (EYLN) brings together 7th-12th graders who are eager to make an environmental sustainability impact in their community. The network convenes for three annual summits in the Fall, Winter, and Spring. To learn more about EYLN please visit: Environmental Youth Leadership Network and Summits.
  • One Planet Schools Challenge: This recognition and awards program fosters a culture of sustainability in school communities across the county by providing a structure and roadmap for achieving the vision of whole-school sustainability integration. The San Mateo County One Planet Schools Challenge identifies champions who are leading meaningful change and recognizes and/or awards them for their impact towards creating a sustainable future. To learn more about the One Planet Schools Challenge visit: SMC One Planet Schools Challenge
  • Schools for a Sustainable Future Summit: This annual one-day summit creates the space for networking, problem-solving, and exchanging innovative solutions that are driving environmental and social transformation across school communities. To learn more about the summit visit: Schools for a Sustainable Future Summit.


SMCOE's Environmental Literacy Initiative has put together a number of resources to support stakeholders to be champions of whole-school sustainability integration. Utilize the links below to access resource pages for the following:

Andra Yeghoian

Environmental Education Coordinator


Phone: (650) 802-5406