Case Studies

A major initiative of the GEEP is sharing best practices in environmental education from around the world. We will soon be releasing a series of in-depth case studies as part of this knowledge sharing mission.

Integrating Circular Economy Concepts into Universities Around the World

The Circular Economy Club (CEC) is the international network of 3,500 individuals and organizations working to implement circular economy concepts in 100 countries around the world. The club has 180 CEC Organizers worldwide who lead CEC chapters in their cities that bring together key stakeholders interested in the circular economy, and 50 experts who give free mentoring to startups and young researchers interested in embedding circularity.

Eco-Schools Northern Ireland – Empowering Young People Through an Environmental Education Framework

This case study looks at the growth of the international Eco-Schools program in Northern Ireland as well as the challenges it faces in empowering our young people to be the drivers of behavior change for a sustainable world.

Compulsory Environmental Education in India

This case study describes the development, successes, and challenges of a compulsory environmental education (EE) program in India.

Spreading Climate Change Literacy on Wheels: Science Express Climate Action Special

Science Express Climate Action Special is a one-of-its kind of mobile science exhibition led by the Government of India’s Department of Science & Technology (DST) and managed by the Vikram A. Sarabhai Community Science Centre (VASCSC).

The System of Lifelong Environmental Education in Tomsk Region

This case study describes a government-sponsored initiative that supports environmental education efforts across all levels of formal and nonformal education in the Tomsk Region, Siberia, Russia.

Building Capacity for Sustainable Action through Inquiry, Experiential Learning, and Collaboration: Student Action for a Sustainable Future

This case study explores Student Action for a Sustainable Future, a comprehensive environmental education program for middle school students that takes place in the city of Saskatoon, the largest city in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan.

Waterford Kamhlaba United World College – 2015 Zayed Future Energy Prize Winner

This case study describes the successful work of Waterford Kamhlaba United World College, a high school in Swaziland, to develop and implement a sustainability and renewable energy plan.

Infusing Environmental Education into National Curriculum Framework in Taiwan

Environmental education has long been a national priority in Taiwan. This case study shares lessons learned during the ongoing process of further integrating environmental education as a key component of the formal education system in 2018, and how environmental education is becoming a main component of Taiwan’s formal education system.

Implementing the Taiwan Environmental Education Act (TEEA)

This case study describes one country’s process of implementing a national environmental education act. The Taiwan Environmental Education Act (TEEA) was approved on June 5th, 2010 and went into effect the following year, on June 5th, 2011.

NatureWise: Dutch Children’s Learning In, About, For, and By Nature

This case study describes a Dutch example of a programmed experiential approach to nature-oriented environmental education (EE) and is based on a long-term evaluation (van der Waal, Hovinga, Wals, & van Koppen, 2012).

Sustainable Schools Initiative

This case study describes the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) Sustainable Schools Initiative, or Al Madaris Al Mustadama, which was designed to reduce the nation’s ecological footprint and help move environmental education from awareness to action.

Students and Teachers Restoring A Watershed (STRAW), Point Blue Conservation Science

The Students and Teachers Restoring A Watershed (STRAW) Program of Point Blue Conservation Science is a collaborative network of K-12 students and teachers leading their communities to restore their local ecosystems.

Water and Biodiversity Project, University of Botswana and Molepolole College of Education

This case study describes a collaborative effort to integrate environmental and sustainability education into teacher education at a college experiencing water scarcity.

ResourceSmart Schools, Sustainability Victoria

This case study presents an overview of ResourceSmart Schools, a well established Victorian Government program that helps a wide range of schools benefit from embedding sustainability into everything they do.

Air Quality Workshops for Urban Students, APIOPA

This case study describes how one community-based organization is engaging high school students in ongoing study and action learning toward the goal of improving air quality. In Southern California’s San Gabriel Valley, more than 25 schools are located within 500 feet of the Los Angeles basin’s notoriously clogged freeways, exposing students to high levels of air pollution. In 2013, the Asian and Pacific Islander Obesity Prevention Alliance (APIOPA) (link is external)began working with some of these schools to educate and empower students to work toward changes in the air quality on and around their school campuses.

Education for Conservation, Zoos Victoria

In 2015, Zoos Victoria launched Education for Conservation across its three properties: Melbourne Zoo, Healesville Sanctuary, and Werribee Open Range Zoo. Education for Conservation was designed to develop independent learners who demonstrate positive environmental values and take action to protect wildlife and wild places. Implementing the program has required the redesign of full-day informal learning experiences onsite at Zoos Victoria properties, as well as the addition of formal learning opportunities offsite at schools.