Sustainable Education Solutions (SES) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization seeking to improve the environmental literacy of Dallas families, particularly of it’s youngest scholars. The goal is to open a community-based environmental education charter school in 2015/2016 called Trinity Environmental Academy (TriEA) near The Great Trinity Forest. SES is the sponsoring entity seeking support from the citizens of Dallas, Texas for this open-enrollment, Generation 19 charter school. Our charter has been awarded and will open in August 2015. We are seeking community, academic, and financial support.
The mission of Trinity Environmental Academy is to provide an innovative community-based environmental education to engage and empower scholars to become tomorrow’s global change agents. Basically it means: It’s local, natural, and uses our community surroundings as the context for instruction, learning, and service.
- Solar and Wind Powered
- Rainwater and Greywater Harvesting
- Farm-to-School Produce Sourcing
- Cultivate Natural Diverse School Grounds
- Hydroponics and Aquatic Life Systems
- Environmental Stewardship
- Innovative Recycling Programs
- Healthy Space Environments
- Community-based Investigations
- Inquiry and Project-based Learning
- Intercultural Competence
- Technology-rich Curriculum
- Interdisciplinary and Holistic Learning
- Engineering and Agricultural Sciences
- 21st Century Skill Development
- Community and Service Learning
- Career and College Ready
- Math, English, Science, and Social Studies Classes
- Reading, Writing, Spanish, and Latin Classes
- Technology, Engineering, & Design Classes
- Music, Art, and Theater Classes
- Outdoor & Indoor Classes
- PE & Wellness Classes
- Competitive Sports
- Clubs & Events
The Goal of Environmental Education
The ultimate goal of environmental education is the development of an environmentally literate citizenry. Environmental literacy is not, however, a goal that is reached easily. We are asking individuals to go beyond the fact by fact, piece by piece examination of our environment and begin to understand and think in terms of systems bound together. We are asking individuals to develop a sophisticated set of skills that allow them to solve novel environmental problems and determine the best set of actions. We are asking individuals to become thoughtful, skillful, and active citizens in a democracy.
We need an environmentally literate citizenry that is not only capable of taking individual action, but of making well-informed public policy decisions collectively. Increasingly, individuals are asked to make choices on complex issues that affect their own lives, the lives of their families, their communities, and the world beyond their shores. Choices are made every time people enter a store, turn on a water faucet, plant a butterfly garden, or set the thermostat in their homes. Each time citizens vote, they make environmental decisions. When public policy is made, these decisions not only impact the economy and jobs, but the environment. Environmental literacy is predicated on the belief that if we educate our citizens so they are capable of making quality decisions, they will do so when the time comes.
Environmental literacy is a vital goal for our society. Environmental education must play an integral role throughout our educational system – at the national level, at the state level, and in each and every classroom.
This is from a publication of the North American Association for Environmental Education. More can be found at www.NAAE.org.