Pioneering Climate Science Education: A 2018-19 Success Story

Note: Posts before 2020 reflect EarthGen’s former name, Washington Green Schools.

“This was seriously the best training I have attended since I started teaching 14 years ago! Relevant, useful, and great resources!”

– Katie Levenick, Teacher,
Camas High School

Educating our communities about climate change is an essential step toward solutions. In 2018–19, Washington Green Schools’ new Climate Education program equipped 370 teachers to bring climate science into their classrooms. WGS’ program focuses on local issues, current science, and taking action. With seed funding from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, WGS is part of a pioneering, collaborative effort to increase climate literacy statewide.

Climate Science Education Facts:

  • 98% of teachers gave the trainings a positive rating.
  • UW scientists partnered with WGS to bring current, local data to teachers.

  • 79% of teachers felt more prepared to integrate climate science into their classrooms.

In trainings across the state, educators explored how climate change connects with local issues such as fire, agriculture, coastal hazards, and human health.