THINK EARTH ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION FOUNDATION INC

aka Think Earth Foundation   |   Long Beach, CA   |  ThinkEarth.org

Mission

The mission of the Think Earth Environmental Education Foundation is to help communities create and maintain a sustainable environment through education. The Foundation seeks, initiates, and oversees environmental projects and partnerships among stake-holders in the governmental, business, education, and public sectors. These partnerships result in tangible ways for people to “Think Earth," that is, for people to:
1) conserve natural resources (e.g., water, energy, habitat)
2) reduce waste (e.g., recycle, repair, and reuse products)
3) minimize pollution (e.g., air, water, land)

Founded in 1988, the Think Earth Foundation began as a consortium of agencies, companies, and educators in the Southern California region that sought to address environmental knowledge and practices through education. The Foundation focuses on reaching large numbers of students and their families to educate them about the importance of our shared environment and to show them effective behaviors and habits that would benefit our air, land and water.

To help fulfill our mission, The Foundation initiates and oversees projects:

- Think Earth Environmental Education Curriculum (9 units from preschool to middle school)
- Online Curriculum Project
- Think Earth! It's Magic Assembly Program
- Think Earth Environmental Surveys
- Think Watershed Partnership

Past projects included:
- High School Environmental Clubs
- Solar/Electric Vehicle Races

Notes from the nonprofit

The Think Earth Foundation is currently raising funds for our newest project: The Online Curriculum Project. We invite you to join us in this important effort.

After being used for many years by thousands of teachers to teach millions of students, it is time to update the units both in content and format. Thus, all the materials are currently being revised and converted to a format to be published online. The advantages of putting the Think Earth curriculum online include:
- greatly increased outreach as the materials will not need to be printed and shipped, so they will be available FREE to all teachers nationwide
- ability to update materials immediately, thus staying current educationally and environmentally
- increased appeal with up-to-date instructional-based technology

Our goal is to continue to reach millions of students with the Think Earth message, helping them to acquire the knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors to make a difference in our environmental future.

FUNDING PARTNERS --
In addition to our current Board members, funding partners to date include Edison International, The Hilton Foundation, The Gas Company, Joseph Stanley Leeds Foundation, and South Coast Air Quality Management District.

BENEFITS OF PARTICIPATION --
• Opportunity to review and provide input on the environmental content of the updated units.
• Acknowledgement in each online unit and on the Think Earth website.
• Opportunity to promote the curriculum and communicate with teachers through the organization’s own website.
• Attainment of consumer conservation and other environmental goals through Think Earth Home Surveys contained in the curriculum.
• Opportunity to leverage a small contribution with other organizations’ funds to support a proven, high-quality, comprehensive environmental curriculum.


To learn more about the ONLINE CURRICULUM PROJECT or about the Think Earth Environmental Education Foundation, please contact:

Joe Haworth
Think Earth Chairperson
(310) 386-4231
[email protected]

Ruling year info

1995

Board Chairman

Mr. Joseph Haworth

Main address

5318 E 2nd Street #512

Long Beach, CA 90803 USA

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EIN

33-0658992

NTEE code info

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

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Our programs

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Think Earth Online Curriculum

The Think Earth Environmental Education Curriculum is a comprehensive, award-winning program that contains 9 units—one for each grade level from preschool through middle school. In all Think Earth units, students learn the importance of a clean, healthy environment—air, land, and water—and they learn what they can do to “Think Earth”—conserving natural resources, reducing waste, and minimizing pollution.

The curriculum has been used by thousands of teachers and millions of students nationwide. But after many years of being used and loved by teachers and students, it is time to update the Think Earth curriculum—both in content and format. The Foundation is revising all 9 curriculum units and converting the materials and activities to interactive, online formats.

The advantages of putting the Think Earth curriculum online are many.

• Outreach. Production and distribution costs of print and audio-visual materials have limited our outreach. With the units online, any teacher nationwide can access high-quality environmental education materials correlated to national standards. We will be able to reach many more teachers and students.

• Easy Updates. The curriculum will stay current—educationally and environmentally—as online materials can be easily updated, revised, enhanced.

• Appeal. We will make use of current instructional-based technology in the revised materials to be more appealing and more useful to teachers and students.

Population(s) Served

Two environmental surveys are available on the Think Earth website: one for home and one for school. Both surveys are divided into 4 sections:
- Energy Use
- Water Use
- Air Quality
- Waste and Pollution

The Home Survey can be conducted by any individual or family that has Internet access. The Home Survey is also included as part of the middle-school curriculum units.

The School Survey can be conducted as a class or school project in middle and high schools.

In both the Home and School Surveys, participants assess environmental conditions and behaviors, enter their answers online, and receive customized recommendations to help them conserve energy and water, improve air quality, and reduce waste.

Population(s) Served

At school assemblies in Southern California, students are entertained and educated by an environmental magic show. As the magician, Paul Cash, makes water disappear, he teaches the importance of water conservation, and as he makes a rabbit disappear, he explains the effects of toxic waste on the environment.

Throughout the show, students learn that protecting our environment is not magic, however: it requires us to “Think Earth” – conserving natural resources, reducing waste, and minimizing pollution.

The Think Earth, It’s Magic assembly reinforces the Think Earth themes that teachers present from the Think Earth instructional units that they receive for their grade level.

Population(s) Served

The Think Watershed Project has brought together environmental stakeholders in Southern California interested in creating and implementing watershed education.
The goals of the project are to:
- teach students about marine science
- educate students about the watershed's impact on the marine environment
- inspire students to become environmental stewards.

The main focus of the project is to fund field trips, including bus transportation, for upper-elementary school students on a Floating Laboratory, which operates out of Long Beach and Los Angeles Harbors by the Los Angeles County Department of Education. On board, 4th-6th grade students participate in hands-on, marine-science learning activities and experiments, including:
- a plankton lab tow and microscopic observation
- water visibility testing
- bottom sediment study
- fish morphology
- wildlife observation.

While participating in activities, students gather and record data. Back in their classrooms, they can post it online and compare their findings with postings from other classes.

All participating teachers receive a comprehensive Think Watershed Curriculum, developed specifically for this project. The teacher's guide contains:
- field trip preparation information
- pre-trip activities
- post-trip follow-up, including stewardship projects.

The pre- and post-trip curriculum activities, correlated to California State Standards and to EEI Environmental Principles and Concepts, address:
- Water Supply and Demand
- Watershed Awareness
- Marine Environment
- Stewardship

In 2014, the program is beginning its sixth year of providing important, exciting, life-long educational experiences that inspire students to take action to improve the health of their watersheds and marine and coastal environment.

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Awards

The President's Environment and Conservation Challenge Award 1992

The White House

Excellence Award for K-12 Curricula 2000

Solid Waste Association of North America

Clean Air Award for Excellence in Public Education on Air Quality Issues 1992

South Coast Air Quality Management District (Los Angeles)

Environmental Pride Award 1999

Los Angeles Magazine

Award of Excellence 1994

Partnerships in Education Journal National Partnerships Awards

Top 10 Rating of the Think Earth video for environmental video production 1999

North American Association of Environmental Education

Best External Communication award for "Air Care 101" video 1999

International Television Association's Awards in Media Excellence

Award for Water Education 1999

Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board

Environmental and Economic Leadership Award for Children's Environmental Education 2001

Office of the Governor, California

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The Think Earth Environmental Education Foundation is a non-profit partnership whose mission is to help Southern California communities create a sustainable environment through education. The Foundation seeks, initiates, and oversees environmental projects and partnerships among stakeholders in the governmental, business, education, and public sectors. These partnerships result in tangible ways for people to “Think Earth,” that is, for people to:

Conserve natural resources
Reduce waste
Minimize pollution

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THINK EARTH ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION FOUNDATION INC

Board of directors
as of 7/2/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Joseph Haworth

Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts

Term: June 1988 -

Ron Ketcham Consultant

South Coast Air Quality Management District

Tracey Burke Sr. Public Affairs Representative

Water Replenishment District of Southern California

Paul Gomez Public Information Officer

City of Los Angeles, Department of Public Works

Mark Moss Education Manager

Central Basin Municipal Water District

Arley Baker Deputy Executive Director, Communications

Port of Los Angeles

Wendy Wert Environmental Engineer, Public Information Office

Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County