What is Environmental Action Civics?

Environmental Action Civics is an educational approach where youth work in partnership with adults to identify a local environmental issue and engage with community members to take action by advocating for systemic changes to policies or practices.

A central element of Environmental Action Civics is a commitment to prepare youth, especially those from historically marginalized communities, to engage in local environmental decision making now and in the future.

Here's the roadmap.

Consider us your pit crew.

Youth Adult Partnership

Youth and adults worked together, in partnership, to choose the issue and strategy and carry out the action plan. Adults and youth shared responsibilities and power throughout the process.

Project & Task Management

Youth led and were responsible for tasks throughout, using peer accountability measures.

Democratic Debating & Decision-Making

All project decisions were made as a group with all voices at the table, using discussion, deliberation, debate, voting methods, criterion-based decision making, etc. to decide the issue selection and solution.

Community (Stakeholder) Engagement

3+ community members (including those impacted by the issue) were engaged to better understand the issue and inform an equitable and impactful action plan.


Youth advocated for a policy or practice change to decision
makers in their community.


The action aimed to create
long-term, systemic change that addresses the environmental issue.

To navigate this road, you're going to need some tools.

Here's where we come in.

What People Are Saying

I feel more confident engaging students in civic action projects now that I have a framework and guiding resources to move us forward.

I so appreciate the depth and thoughtfulness of Earth Force's library of resources for each stage of the Environmental Action Civics process.

Whatever role you play, we have resources for you.


Use this resource to help students understand community concerns. An inventory is inquiry driven, collects some kind of data, and leads to a list of strengths and concerns of the defined community.

Facilitators: This is a great activity to help educators think through ways to begin the Environmental Action Civics process.


This activity solidifies what it means to be an Environmental Citizen. Try this activity as an entire class, led by you or a student leader, instead of breaking up into smaller groups.

Facilitators: This is an excellent way to kick off a training!

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We offer research-based webinars, workshops, and collaborative problem-solving sessions. Open to educators of all kinds, facilitators, and more. See you there!

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Questions? Contact Our Team

Chesapeake Bay/Mid-Atlantic Educators

Sarah Jennings, Program Manager


Krysten Dorfman, Program Manager

Colorado Educators

Taylor Ruffin, Program Manager


Alyssa McConkey, Chief Program Officer

Our training programs are part of ee360+, an ambitious five-year initiative that supports a diverse cadre of environmental education leaders to increase environmental literacy for everyone, everywhere. NAAEE leads the initiative through a cooperative agreement with U.S. EPA and seven partner organizations including Earth Force.

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