Great question, Katie! Our Bay Area collaborative, ChangeScale, has undertaken a number of initiatives, with several different objectives in mind. One example of an ongoing “project” that we have undertaken as a collaborative addresses one of ChangeScale's primary goals: building the EE sector in the Bay Area. With that in mind, we regularly host gatherings that provide EE-related professional development and offer opportunities for connection among our collaborating partners. We host an annual regional EE Congress; we also host three smaller gatherings during the year that focus on specific issues. Thus far, topics of the gatherings have included collective impact; the Next Generation Science Standards and EE; the structure of local and state funding for EE; and diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Congresses each have an overarching theme, but also leave space for participants to bring questions, issues, and interests. More than 60 organizations from around the region regularly attend these gatherings; in total, more than 150 organizations have attended at least one of the events in the past year.
In the past year, ChangeScale has also launched the School Partnerships Initiative. Through this initiative, we are working with three Bay Area school districts as well as a group of regional environmental education providers to create an environmental literacy leadership team. The team is assessing current environmental literacy efforts; determining feasible district-wide environmental literacy goals and strategies for reaching those goals; and establishing a district-wide Environmental Literacy Plan.
Within the School Partnerships Initiative, ChangeScale has assumed a leading role in the environmental literacy planning process and providing enhanced resources and facilitation. This expanded role allows ChangeScale to develop resources that can be used to support partnerships and inform the evolution of the Initiative in subsequent years.