Leadership

Building Our Capacity to Lead

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We are the only statewide organization in Oregon whose role is to promote and influence environmental education on national and statewide levels each day. We are committed to creating a more coordinated network of environmental educators and community leaders across Oregon and beyond, working together to change policy and perception while promoting the value of being more connected to each other and where we live.

We have also made a commitment to better connect environmental educators and community leaders with a wider array of culturally and economically diverse communities and to inspire others in engaging and nurturing the next generation of environmentally literate citizens (see below for our inclusiveness statement). We initiate, lead and facilitate large-scale projects that advance innovation in environmental education and build our collective capacity to be effective environmental educators.

Read Our Inclusiveness Statement

 

Strengthening Our Capacityee capacity

EE Capacity is working with states to help build capacity by connecting a new cadre of urban and diverse EE professionals with established environmental educators. EE Capacity is funded by a generous grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Lead partners include NAAEE and Cornell University’s Civic Ecology Lab.

In year 2, Oregon was selected as a grant recipient and State Consortia. We worked with EE Capacity to build our capacity and engaged more than 20 educators from urban community, environmental stewardship, and environmental justice organizations, as well as zoos, community gardens, nature centers, schools, parks, and other organizations who committed to participating in an intensive series of workshops and online learning opportunities for a period of one year or longer.

Through our EE Capacity project, our diverse group developed shared values and next steps to promote diversity and inclusiveness within the field. They valued:

  • Building bridges with other community partners
  • Emphasizing leadership development and relationship building
  • Creating new and different models to measure societal “success”
  • Promoting the practice of EE that is driven by real community issues and needs
  • Making programs locally relevant and culturally appropriate
  • Integrating the local environment as part of all curriculum, supported through pedagogy, policy, and service

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Next steps included:

  • An extended evaluation project, including a set of recommendations from leaders about integrating EE in diverse communities
  • Creating an inclusive Regional Leadership Model (see below)
  • Partnering with Center for Diversity and the Environment to create a cadre of change agents (see below)
  • Keeping the discussion going amongst the group

Read Oregon's EE Capacity Report

Read the Extended EE Capacity Evaluation Report and PowerPoint Presentation


Center for Diversity and Environment E42: Cadre of Change Agentscohort image

These leaders have completed a 9 month path of exploring equity, diversity & inclusion and building their capacity to catalyze a multicultural revolution in the environmental movement! And now, they are dedicated to developing a community action service project around community development and anti-displacement. They are staying connected, listening, researching, and evaluating next steps. We are thrilled with the work they have done and will continue to do. Big thanks to Metro Nature in Neighborhoods, Spirit Mountain Community Fund & Gray Family Foundation for generously supporting E42 EE and to the Center for Diversity and Environment for making this work possible.

 

 

Creating A Regional Leadership Model

We are committed to creating a more coordinated network of environmental educators across Oregon. We are also dedicated to providing under-represented and marginalized communities opportunities to be leaders within the environmental education field. We want to empower all residents to be environmental education leaders in Oregon.

Beginning in Portland Metro

Within the Portland Metro area, several networks exist (Regional Environmental Education Network, Adult Conservation Education Northwest, Portland Farm to School–just to name a few). Additionally, a number of organizations including Verde and Hacienda also provide environmental education but are not fully integrated within our existing leadership models. Although some cross‐pollinating occurs across initiatives, unified leadership and inclusive collaboration to support environmental education as a whole has not yet been fully attained in the Metro Region. We want to change that.

How Are We Creating a Regional Leadership Model

The Leadership Team

 

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Cary Watters
Native American Youth & Family Center

 

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Queta Gonzalez
Center for Diversity and the Environment

 

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Traci Price
EEAO Consultant

We have just begun this process. Stay tuned as we share more about these efforts. Our goal is to eventually expand this model across the state.

  •    EEAO works to ensure everyone in Oregon has an opportunity to learn about the environment and society where they live. We value inclusiveness and welcome everyone to the field of environmental education.
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Resilient communities where environmental, economic and social responsibility drive individual and collective choices


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To cultivate environmental literacy and engagement among diverse community leaders

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