Register for the Green Ambassadors Institute

How can we engage in local policy in this time of national upheaval?
Join us for 1, 2 or all 3 days of workshops and training.

National politics got you down? We have good news. Real policy change is happening at the local level. Join us for inspiration, information and tools to engage yourself and your students in meaningful, local policy change related to climate change, water quality and air quality.


8:00am – 3:00pm, networking event to follow

Hear from environmental and political experts why local policy change should be our best friend. Get inspired by student-led projects that have influenced policy change and leave with ideas on how to get your students involved in meaningful and relevant action in your community.


  • NOAH GARRISON, UCLA Environmental Science Practicum Director, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability
  • DYLAN GASPERIK, Tigercomm Senior Account Executive & Video Production Manager
  • BRUCE REZNIK, LA Waterkeeper Executive Director
  • MATTHEW KING, Heal the Bay Communications Director
  • DR. JEFF SHARE, UCLA Professor, Department of Education & Information Studies


  • COMMUNICATE “How to Influence Your Representative: A Communications Tool Box For Being Heard”
  • WRITE “Writing a Powerful Letter to the Editor”
  • CRITIQUE “Critical Media Literacy for Climate Change”
  • MAP “Power Mapping to Influence Legislators”

    8eakfast & Registration
    8:30 – 9:45am Welcome & Keynote Speakers
    9:45 – 10:15am Group Discussions
    10:30 – 11:30am DEEP DIVE
    11:30 – 12:15pm Lunch
    12:15 – 12:45pm Get Lit // Keynote
    1:00 – 2:00pm TOOLS
    2:00 – 2:30pm Group Discussions
    2:30 – 3:00pm Closing & Survey Raffle
    3:00 – 5:00pm Networking Event at Barsha

    APPLY FOR A MINIGRANT – Applications due December 10, 2017
    Join a cohort of like-minded educators and receive support in visioning, planning, implementing and sharing an environmental action project with your students and community. Accepted applicants will receive a $300 minigrant for project supplies and personalized coaching to help you implement your project. Need ideas? See last year’s projects here.

    FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2018 // 8 am – 3pm
    8:00am – 3:00pm, networking event to follow

    The GAI 2017-18 Cohort will spend the day in a deep dive using tools for engaging in policy with students like:

    • “How to influence your local policymaker from your phone”
    • “Presenting Powerful Public Testimony”

    SATURDAY, MAY 12, 2018 – Walking the Halls. Showcasing Youth-Led Policy Change.
    9:00am – 3:00pm, networking event to follow

    See how students and teachers took action on environmental issues across LA. Students, educators and community leaders from across Southern California will gather to share ideas and work with policy movers and shakers to take them to the next level.

    The Green Ambassadors Institute — the learning lab and professional development incubator of Environmental Charter Schools — invites K-12 educators, university partners, community leaders and policymakers to the first of three daylong summits that explore best practices in environmental education, service learning and urban sustainability.

    Experience our living campuses, engage in collaborative curriculum planning, explore relevant environmental issues across Los Angeles and walk away with partnerships and tools to take back to your colleagues! Through collaborative workshops, curriculum and hands-on field trips, educators and community leaders from across Southern California will get support throughout the year to co-create youth-led environmental sustainability solutions. Read about last year’s series.

    The Green Ambassadors Institute is open to K-12 classroom teachers, out-of-the-classroom and outdoor educators, university and community college professors, pre-service teachers, instructional coaches, curriculum specialists, policymakers, business leaders, nonprofits, grassroots organizations, and school administrators. Sub costs will be reimbursed for K-12 classroom teachers. Participants are eligible for $300 minigrants to support an environmental service learning project with students.

    Environmental Charter High School (unless otherwise noted)
    16315 Grevillea Ave, Lawndale, CA 90260

    Contact Sammy Lyon
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