We are youth, parents, educators, school leaders, advocates, researchers, policymakers, and so much more.

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About Us

We are holding a listening tour, developing an action plan, and building a coalition to support our schools to be a force toward climate action, solutions, and environmental justice.

Serving nearly one in six Americans, K-12 public schools can play a critical role in moving our country towards environmental sustainability. If all the schools in the U.S. were to shift to clean energy, sustainable food use, and non-fossil fuel transportation over the next decade, we will have successfully transitioned one of the largest public sectors impacting the environment. And what makes schools especially impactful is the potential for them to transition to sustainability while educating their students helping prepare youth to confront the climate challenges of the future.

As public entities, schools need the support of policy, but few policy proposals consider the role of the education sector in advancing sustainability and few school systems have acted systemically to address climate change.

We are launching a commission to learn about the needs and opportunities for schools to move toward climate action. The commission will develop an action plan that considers how the education sector can mitigate, adapt, educate, and advance equity to respond and address climate change.

We are building a coalition of people and organizations from across the country who believe our schools will be an essential tool in the fight against climate change and want to support our schools to be a force toward climate action, solutions, and environmental justice.

Join this coalition and share your ideas about what schools should do.

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The Commission

Commissioner johnking

Sec. John B. King Jr., co-chair

President and CEO, The Education Trust

Commissioner christinetoddwhitman

Gov. Christine Todd Whitman, co-chair

President, Whitman Strategy Group

Commissioners naina

Naina Agrawal-Hardin

High School Senior, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Commissioner meganbang

Megan Bang

Professor, Northwestern University

Commissioner vicbarrett

Vic Barrett

Network Organizer, Power Shift

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Rep. Carlos Curbelo

Principal, Vocero LLC

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Linda Darling-Hammond

President, California State Board of Education

Commissioner debra duardo

Debra Duardo

Superintendent of Schools, Los Angeles County

Commissioners lisahoyos

Lisa Hoyos

Founder, Climate Parents; Director of Climate Strategy, LCV

Commissioner richardknoeppel

Richard Knoeppel

Teacher, Advanced Technologies Academy

Commissioner danlashof

Dan Lashof

U.S. Director, World Resources Institute

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Gov. Jack Markell

Former Governor of Delaware

Commissioner pedromartinez

Pedro Martinez

Superintendent, San Antonio ISD

Commissioners marcmorial

Marc Morial

President and CEO, National Urban League

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Janet Murguía

President and CEO, UnidosUS

Commissioners kieraobrien

Kiera O'Brien

Founder and President, Young Conservatives for Carbon Dividends

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Nikki Pitre

Executive Director, Center for Native American Youth

Commissioner beckypringle

Becky Pringle

President, National Education Association

Commissioners carlathompson

Carla Thompson Payton

Vice President, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Commissioners secrivera

Sec. Pedro Rivera

President, Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology

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Valerie Rockefeller

Board Chair, Rockefeller Brothers Fund

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Randi Weingarten

President, American Federation of Teachers

The Staff

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Laura Schifter

Senior Fellow

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Nikki DeVignes

Assistant Director

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Michelle Faggert

Program Associate

The Coalition

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