California's Education and the Environment Initiative (EEI), signed into law in 2003 required on the State to: develop Environmental Principles and Concepts (EP&C) to complement the State’s academic content standards.
The EP&C's provide guidance for the selection criteria for adopted instructional materials in science, history/social science, English/language arts and mathematics. The State has also designed, developed and disseminated a K-12 standards-based curriculum to teach these EP&C to California’s K-12 students.
Click on the links below to learn more about EEI's five Environmental Principles:
- Principle I- People Depend on Natural Systems
- Principle II- People Influence Natural Systems
- Principle III- Natural Systems Change in Ways that People Benefit from and can Influence
- Principle IV- There are no Permanent or Impermeable Boundaries that Prevent Matter from Flowing between Systems
- Principle V- Decisions Affecting Resources and Natural Systems are Complex and Involve Many Factors
EEI has also organized its materials based on environmental topic areas such as: Air, energy, Oceans, Recycling, etc. To see the environmental topic map, click here .
To learn more about EEI, visit the California Environmental Protection Agency's website: http://www.calepa.ca.gov/Education/EEI/default.htm