Climate Literacy Project

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How we support Climate Literacy

Climate Literacy Fellows 

In partnership with the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and the legislature-funded ClimeTime program, the Gonzaga Climate Center has created the Climate Literacy Fellows program, which hires and trains Gonzaga undergraduates to deliver high-impact climate literacy activities in elementary school classrooms (grades 2-5). The Climate Literacy Fellows program is modeled after the Gonzaga Science in Action! program and has received generous support and collaboration from the program. The original climate literacy kits were review by Gonzaga Biology faculty and Science in Action! and the subsequent lessons developed for this project were created in collaboration with the SIA! program. 

Learn more about the Climate Literacy Fellows program and how you can invite the Fellows to your classroom.

Climate Literacy Project Workshops

The Climate Center offers workshops for a variety of audiences including university professors, elementary, middle and high school teachers.


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Teaching resources on climate, society, and the environment.

Climate Literacy Lesson Library

The Climate Center has developed a number of K-8 lesson plans on a variety of topics related to climate change and science.


Students Demand Climate Education

The Spokane Public Schools Student Advisory Council on Climate Change (SAC3) was appointed to advise the Spokane School Board, provide student perspectives on climate education, and work alongside the School Board and district administrators to incorporate adequate and updated climate curriculum in all grade levels. In 2021, SAC3 surveyed students in grades 5-12 on the state of climate education in Spokane. Click the picture to learn more

Student Advisory Council on Climate Change Survey Results
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Spokane Climate Cup

This spring (2022), SPS high schools are invited to participate in the first annual Spokane Climate Cup, a single, district-wide competition between to see which school collectively can complete the most climate actions, reduce their footprint, get the most points, and win the traveling Climate Cup trophy!

Learn more about the Climate Cup and how you can participate.

Climate Literacy in Action 

Spokane Public Schools students wanted to do something about climate change. Specifically, they wanted to expand climate change education in their school district. The Student Advisory Council on Climate Change (SAC3) is doing just that - and much more. The Climate Center is supporting SAC3 by providing professional development workshops on climate literacy for K-12 teachers.


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The United States Environmental Protection Agency is a key partner in supporting our Climate Literacy Project through environmental education grants.

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ClimeTime is facilitated by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and funded by the WA State Legislature.

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Science in Action!

Science outreach programs that include visits to elementary school classrooms, field trip tours, special summer programs, and more.

Climate Literacy Project 2021-2022


K-12 Students Annually Impacted


K-12 Teacher Participants


Professional Development Hours


School Districts Served