About Us

CEEF is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit foundation established at the recommendation of the State Superintendent’s Environmental Education Task Force Steering Committee in 2003 to encourage environmental education throughout the state of California.

CEEF envisions a day when all Californians are environmentally literate and aims to inspire young people to understand and care for the environment through the support of innovative environmental education programs and partnerships.

The highly successful CEEF Teacher Institutes have prepared scores of educators to facilitate student stewardship projects for thousands of 4th through 12th grade students. CEEF founder, Bill Andrews, also founded the Water Energy Education Alliance (WEEA) to promote the development of effective career pathways to the water and energy sectors for students who value public service and natural resources.

Board of Directors

Amity Sandage

Biret Adden
Vice President

Dr. Victoria (Tori) VanderNoot

Jenn Swart

Dwain Wilson

Mera Burton

Riki Clark

Scott Shepherd

Dr. Shelley Alden-Brooks

Walter Zeisl

Isabella Coletta

Rebecca Saltsman

Ex-Officio Advisors

Bill Andrews

Dr. Anne Stephens

Advisory Taskforce

Amity Sandage, CEEF President; Environmental Literacy Coordinator, Santa Cruz COE Educational Services

Bill Andrews, CEEF Advisory Task Force Advisor

Robert Harris, CEEF Legislative Coordinator and Consultant, EDU Consulting LLC

Dean Gilbert, CEO, EDU Consulting LLC

Delaine Eastin, Former State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Kathy DiRanna, Former Director K-12 Alliance

Jenny Rigby Director, Acorn Group

Karen Cowe, CEO, Ten Strands

John Zavalney, Science Educator (Retired); Climate Speaker for Al Gore Climate Reality Project

Jerry Lieberman, Director, State Education and Environment Roundtable

Craig Johns, President, California Resources Strategies, Inc.

Biret Adden, Education Director, Pt. Reyes National Seashore Association; CEEF Vice President

Dwain Wilson, Executive Director, The Wildwoods Foundation; CEEF Board of Directors

Walter Zeisl, Manager of Educational Outreach, L.A. Dept. of Water and Power; CEEF Board of Directors

Steve Creech, Executive Director, Wyland Foundation

Andrea Lewis, Consultant (Retired), CA. Environmental Protection Agency

Art Sussman, Program Manager (Retired), WestEd

Gary Widdison, Consultant for Outdoor and Marine Science Education (Retired), Los Angeles COE

Craig Strang, Assistant Director (Retired), Lawrence Hall of Science