Vanessa Carter, San Francisco Unified School District

Vanessa Louise Carter‘s commitment to ecological justice has led her to collaborate with ecoliteracy educators, activists, whole-systems thinkers, and change-makers around the world who are dedicated to building the capacity of young people to navigate climate disruption with a scientifically literate and collaborative design process. Through demonstration, education, professional development, and policy change, she supports school communities to integrate resilient systems that strengthen people’s relationship to place. She is a seasoned urban public high school teacher, a skilled facilitator, an ecoliteracy curriculum designer, and a natural connector of people and ideas co-creating the bridges necessary for a just transition. Vanessa co-founded the Green Academy at Abraham Lincoln High School in San Francisco Unified School District in 2010. As SFUSD’s ecoliteracy content specialist, she supports the City as Classroom Initiative to connect program providers around the Bay Area that build the scientific and ecological literacy of the district’s students.