EarthGen recognizes that we can only solve the interconnected crises of climate change and social injustice by working together.
Young people are natural changemakers and magnets for engagement, with great potential to unite their communities. EarthGen brings together young people, educators, schools, and community partners from across Washington state to create collective action for change.
Together, EarthGen and its community partners develop science-based, action-oriented K-12 education and work collaboratively with school communities to equip students to become leaders in tackling climate change and creating equitable communities.
Successful community partnerships can take many forms.
Clark County Public Health
EarthGen’s long-standing partnership with Clark County Public Health advances environmental education and action in Southwest Washington’s schools. Together, EarthGen and CCPH leverage community resources to help K-12 schools become EarthGen Certified Schools. The annual Clark County Student Summit brings students and educators together for shared learning that Green Teams bring back to their communities.
Starting with a garden improvement project at Seattle’s Sand Point Elementary in 2013, Abbott has volunteered their time, talent, and resources to help connect student learning to the outdoors at more than a dozen K-12 schools. They have helped EarthGen create wheelchair accessible garden beds, sensory and rain gardens, compost bins, and nature trails. Abbott brings energy and passion to every project – plus incredible skill and power tools!
Seattle Sounders FC
In 2019, Seattle Sounders FC became the first carbon neutral soccer team in North America. In partnership with EarthGen, staff and players volunteer alongside students to build gardens, create outdoor classrooms, and improve waste systems. Visits from mascot Sammy the Sounder enliven school events. Together, EarthGen and Sounders FC developed the Rave Green Certification program to recognize leadership in EarthGen Certified schools.