Climate Literacy Project

Kids using hands on science kit

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 Institute 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 K-8). 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 initial 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 Institute 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 Institute has developed a number of K-8 lesson plans on a variety of topics related to climate change and science.


Pre-service Teacher Climate Education

The Gonzaga Institute for Climate, Water, and the Environment is currently partnering with the University of Washington’s Institute for Science and Math Education (ISME) to incorporate climate science education into pre-service teacher learning. The Climate Institute created and offered climate literacy instruction to Gonzaga students in training to become teachers (pre-service teacher candidates).

Learn more about how we collaborate with the School of Education to support pre-service teachers

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 (2024), 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.


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

Spokane Public Schools

Spokane Public Schools the second largest school district in Washington State, serving over 29.000 students.

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UW Institute for Science and Mathematics Education

The University of Washington Institute for Science and Mathematics Education has created partnerships to develop educational models and practices in STEM education.

Climate Literacy Project Impact


K-12 Students Impacted


K-12 Teacher Participants


Professional Learning Hours


School Districts Served