The E Movement is a collective of teachers, schools, local governments, nonprofits, and someday parents and businesses collaborating to increase environmental literacy and build a stewardship ethic within today’s youth and tomorrow’s leaders.
The E Movement consists of schools, administrators, teachers, third party environmental educators, students, and parents. The E Movement is funded by Boulder County’s Office of Sustainability, Climate Action & Resilience and Thorne Nature Experience.
Schools, teachers, and third party environmental educators (program providers) join the E Movement by making a commitment to use the E Guidelines to create consistency in the environmental education provided both in and out of the classroom. In exchange, the E Movement provides teaching resources, learning and connection opportunities, recognition, and evaluation.
The E Movement was created by the former Boulder County EE Collaborative (BCEE), a working group represented by environmental education (EE) providers who serve youth in Boulder County schools. BCEE’s primary goal was to:
“Ensure a continuum of environmental education and service learning opportunities with multiple contacts for preschool through high school for Boulder County youth.”
This goal was accomplished with the creation of the E Movement and its ongoing partnerships. For simplicity and clarity, the BCEE and its steering committee has chosen to consolidate efforts and rename themselves the E Movement. This steering committee’s efforts take a holistic and active approach in addressing the findings of the Boulder County Informal EE Assessment completed in 2013. These findings can be viewed in our 2014 Report Card.
The Steering Committee of the E Movement consists of representatives from Boulder County’s Office of Sustainability, Climate Action & Resilience, the Colorado Alliance of Environmental Education, Thorne Nature Experience, Boulder Valley School District and St Vrain Valley School District, and representatives from some of the larger informal EE providers in Boulder County, including Cal-Wood Environmental Education Center (Cal-Wood), Eco-Cycle, City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP), and Cottonwood Institute.