Our project-based curriculum promotes an applied understanding of core STEM subjects and cultivates the development of 21st century skills.

Throughout the year, students are introduced to topics in sustainability as they explore innovative solutions to our world’s most pressing challenges. Students gain hands on skills by auditing their classrooms and schools, conducting qualitative and quantitative analysis of their campus environmental footprint in one or more eco-themes. Teachers then lead students through the five phases of the EcoRise creative design process. Over the course of the year, students identify concrete ways to make change, leveraging Eco-Audit Impact grants to bring projects to fruition. Along the way, EcoRise students are in the field learning from–and collaborating with–sustainability experts as they design their own campus-based projects and innovations. At the end of the year, students have the opportunity to showcase their innovative solutions to the local and global community.

Over the years, EcoRise has…

  • Served over 650 schools and an estimated 64,000 students globally
  • Designed and implemented school-wide environmental audits and campus-improvement projects
  • Supported students in designing green innovations
  • Partnered with over 500 green design experts, community allies, and neighborhood organizations who have offered sustainability themed field trips, guest speakers, and project mentorships, contributing nearly 1,000 volunteer annually

TEACHER AREAS OF IMPACT: 2014-2015

Teachers are satisfied with our curriculum, training, and support services. Our curriculum successfully blends sustainability, eco-literacy, and design thinking methods.

CURRICULUM

  • 92% of teachers described our curriculum as easy-to-use and engaging.

TRAINING

  • Teachers gave our training workshops an average score of 9/10.

TEACHER SUPPORT

  • 79% of teachers reported that EcoRise has given then new tools and expanded their practice.
  • 93% of teachers reported that EcoRise has connected them to a larger community of support.
  • 100% of teachers reported that EcoRise brings new energy to their teaching practice.

STUDENT AREAS OF IMPACT: 2014-15

21ST CENTURY SKILLS & LEADERSHIP

  • 91% of students developed at least one 21st century skill. Top responses: problem solving, creative thinking, brainstorming new ideas, and leading group work.
  • 76% of students reported that the program helped them work collaboratively.
  • 85% of teachers implementing Design Studio reported that the program increased their students’ acquisition of specific 21st century skills.

ENVIRONMENTAL LITERACY

  • 94% of students stated that EcoRise increased their understanding of science.
  • 97% of students increased their environmental literacy in a specific area. Top responses: recycling, waste management, energy use reduction, and alternative energy.
  • Nearly 86% of teachers reported that the program has had a significant impact on their students’ eco-literacy.

SUSTAINABLE LIVING PRACTICES

  • 88% of students reported they understand how to make personal choices that reduce their environmental impact.
  • 90% of students adopted at least one new green habit or behavior. Top responses: save water, waste reduction, and save energy.

CAREER EXPOSURE

  • 69% of students developed an interest in a green career. Top responses: engineering, science, architecture/green building.

EMPOWERMENT

  • 94% of students were inspired to create a positive change in their communities.
  • 88% of students reported teaching others (friend, family) about the environment.