Lesley Taylor

Lesley Taylor directs the California Green Ribbon Schools initiative and serves as the state coordinator for U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools at the California Department of Education. Her work in the School Facilities and Transportation Services Division is driven by her passion for the power of place in public education and her deep commitment to curiosity and collaboration across the social sector.

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Engaging Students to Act on Climate with Environmental Literacy

The green schools movement in California is mobilizing young people for environmental citizenship. This article, complete with examples of environmental literacy programs across state schools, reveals how students are engaged through civic engagement, student-built gardens and green technology courses. These lessons are fundamental to cultivating the next generation’s interest and ability to build a more just and sustainable society.