Environmental Literacy

At a Glance

Environmental Literacy is a new initiative for the San Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE), which launched at the start of the 2017-18 school year. There are a number of pathways available for learning more about SMCOE's approach and strategy, resources for engagement, and the greater news about this work. Use the links below to learn more!

Environmental Literacy Initiative Vision:

School communities and leaders who advocate for and prioritize environmental education for all students.

Environmental Literacy Initiative Mission:

Equip all students with the knowledge, skills, and experiences to act individually and collectively to bring forward an environmentally sustainable, socially just, and economically thriving existence.

Environmental Literacy Initiative Resources:

General Overview and Strategy

Click here to learn more about SMCOE's Environmental Literacy Initiative and details on the vision, mission, and strategic plan.


Key Resources

  • EDUCATORS: Click here if you are an Administrator, Faculty, or Staff Member who is looking for Environmental Literacy Resources. For example, curriculum, standards, pedagogy strategies, professional learning opportunities, whole-school sustainability recognition/award programs, etc. Paid teacher fellowship programs are offered through the San Mateo Environmental Learning Collaborative (SMELC).
  • STUDENTS: Click here if you are a student in San Mateo County or beyond that wants to engage with projects, competitions, and leadership opportunities for environmental sustainability.
  • COMMUNITY PARTNERS: Click here if you are a community partner — nonformal environmental education provider, parent, alumni, community leader, business, etc. — and are looking to find resources to engage with Environmental Literacy and Sustainability.


News and Opportunities

Click here to check out upcoming opportunities for engagement at SMCOE and to read and watch stories that capture how Environmental Literacy is touching teachers and students across San Mateo County and beyond.



Have questions or want to get in contact with the San Mateo County Office of Education about the Environmental Literacy Initiative? Please contact the SMCOE Environmental Literacy Coordinator, Andra Yeghoian.