Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

grid of multiple images of nature, people, buildings, tech

The way we think… The way we act… The way we are. 

NAAEE is committed to being a champion for promoting justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in all aspects of our work. We believe that a wide array of perspectives allows all organizations to be more effective, more creative, and more relevant, and we honor the beliefs, attitudes, languages, interpersonal styles, and values of all individuals. Our goal is to create an environment that is inclusive, respectful, and equitable, and to employ the talents of people with different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to accomplish the mission of NAAEE.

At NAAEE, we are redoubling our efforts to work with our members, partners, and others to create a more just and sustainable future. Read NAAEE Executive Director Judy Braus's June 2020 letter to members. As we humbly recommit to the goals set forth in our Strategy Framework, NAAEE, with guidance from the Center for Diversity and the Environment, is holding regular staff meetings to check in, reaffirm our values and our "why," and develop language to talk about fighting against racism and fighting for equity in the field. We are providing coaching for our network, including leadership clinics for state affiliates, and developing a digest of resources below for our audiences to use in their anti-racism and equity work. These resource lists are by no means exhaustive, and we look forward to hearing from you about what we can do better and what else we can do to help. 

Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and NAAEE

NAAEE is dedicated to achieving greater equity and inclusion within our own organization and providing equal opportunity to people of all races, ethnicities, religions, genders, sexual orientations, gender identities, abilities, incomes, marital statuses, ages, geographic locations, philosophies, and veteran statuses in all levels of staff and governance. We are also committed to promoting principles that help build a more inclusive environmental movement, and focus on promoting ecological integrity, economic prosperity, and social equity. 

We recognize that cultural diversity exists in multiple dimensions, and includes differences among people that are not immediately visible. While we cannot heal all divisions and inequities in society, our work can help create unique opportunities for cross-cultural understanding and exchanges. The more diverse the audiences we work with, the stronger our movement will be. We are also committed to the lifelong learning that is required for effective diversity and inclusion work.


Read inspiring quotes from these leaders, who are featured in our eeLEARN module,"Equitable and Inclusive EE," here.

Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Resources for Environmental Education Professionals and Students

This site includes a list of resources, including resources developed by NAAEE, designed to help educators and learners of all ages center equity in their work in the field of environmental education. We encourage you to take part in the discussion forum in eePRO and comment on the resources that are most helpful to you and let us know about any others that you would recommend. And please share stories about what you’re doing that’s working! 

Check out NAAEE's resources for creating a just and inclusive environmental education movement.

In addressing and overcoming the challenges of COVID-19, we must recognize its disproportional impact on communities of color.

As parents and guardians, we want to raise our kids to fight racism. These resources can help with the necessary conversations and continued change.

This resource list aims to amplify the voices and experiences of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color working in environmental and related fields.

This list of resources will help you expand your knowledge and plan your path forward to a more just and sustainable future for everyone.

Every person is in a different place in their personal journey to understand the history and existence of systemic racism in the United States, and these resources offer multiple points of entry.



Millennial Cities

November 16, 2021

Millennial Cities is an online resource for planners, changemakers, and curious observers. Find...


Inclusive Preschool Through the Seasons: Stories...

October 20, 2021

Written by the PlayGarden's Executive Director and Preschool Teaching staff, this book walks...


The Seattle Children's PlayGarden Inclusion...

October 20, 2021

All children should have equal access to play. This learning hub provides resources to help empower...


Infant/Toddler Early Educator

January 22, 2021

First Roots Infant Toddler Center in Hinesburg Vermont is a newly expanded center under the...


Environmental Education Virtual Intern

October 15, 2020

The Missouri River Bird Observatory (MRBO) is 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the...