About Us
Racial Equity

About Us

Make It Happen

1.2 million students spend their days in K-12 schools across Washington State. You can ensure they gain the skills and hands-on learning opportunities needed to be successful leaders. Our state depends upon the next generation… And Washington Green Schools is working with you to give them the tools they need to succeed.

Our Racial Equity Policy

Advancing racial equity has been a priority for Washington Green Schools since its founding, and in 2017 the organization developed a Racial Equity Policy that was adopted by the Board of Directors. This policy formalizes Washington Green Schools’ vision of becoming an Anti-Racist organization and defines strategies to move it along that path. We invite our community to hold us accountable to our commitments. 

Background

Washington Green Schools recognizes that Washington’s communities of color are disproportionately impacted by environmental issues, including declining air and water quality, limited access to natural areas, and food insecurity. At the same time, Washington’s public schools have large racial and ethnic disparities in achievement. These “achievement/opportunity gaps” are not due to any inherent deficiencies of the students or their families, but instead emerge as the result of inequitable access to quality instruction, inadequate funding, and insufficient extended learning opportunities. WGS understands the complexity of historic and present-day societal factors at the root of these disparities and believes that the organization has a moral imperative to provide leadership to overcome them.

Numerous research studies demonstrate the positive impact of environmental education on all students; it increases the relevancy of learning and strengthens student skills in areas such as STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) as well in 21st-century skills such as collaboration, critical thinking, and leadership. As an environmental education organization that strives to become an Anti-Racist organization, WGS recognizes its role in eliminating opportunity gaps for students and reducing environmental inequities in communities.

Our Path Forward 

WGS recognizes that to become an Anti-Racist organization, it must continuously interrogate its belief systems and improve its cultural proficiency. WGS must authentically collaborate with its school and school district partners as well as other stakeholders to provide leadership and assure that our partners realize the dual vision of environmental and educational equity. WGS will strive to increase access to its services for schools with diverse student populations while pursuing its goal of serving all Washington schools. In addition, WGS will integrate environmental justice and community-driven issues into its programs.