Region 4: Bay Area

Serving Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Solano Counties

Welcome to CREEC Region 4! Look to this page for upcoming news. 

Upcoming Events The eleventh annual Green California Schools and Community Colleges Summit and Exposition comes to the Pasadena Convention Center November 28-29. General session speakers will include Environmental Charter Schools founder Alison Suffet Diaz, School Energy Coalition executive director Anna Fererra and Ten Strands founder Will Parish. Through an Expo with over 100 companies and dozens of educational sessions, the Summit captures the best practices and technologies behind successful green school programs. Keynotes and exhibit hall are free. For more information and to register, go to or call 626-577-5700.

Region 4 Grant Opportunities and Contests

The LIGHT Awards are a program of the Intrepid Philanthropy Foundation, a private family foundation that seeks to improve the U.S. educational system in order to provide opportunities for all students to be productive members of their communities. We aim to impact student achievement by identifying, recruiting, mentoring and recognizing superior teaching, and helping to create environments in which teachers and students can flourish. Deadline: November 17, 2017. To learn more about how to apply for a project award clink on the link: 

Contra Costa County Fish and Wildlife Propagation Fund Grants Grant Application Materials The Contra Costa County Fish and Wildlife Committee is pleased to announce that completed funding applications are now being accepted for consideration for the Contra Costa County Fish and Wildlife Propagation Fund. The Fish and Wildlife Committee strongly encourages applications related to improving habitat, public education and scientific research. Projects that provide multilingual signage and educational materials are encouraged. The grant must benefit the fish and wildlife resources of Contra Costa County. Deadline: January 11, 2017

The California K-12 Schools Recycling Challenge provides a tool for school district recycling coordinators, teachers, student green teams and waste management professionals to engage their school community in recycling and waste reduction in a fun and friendly way. Environmental messages cannot always motivate action by themselves. Students love a competition: challenging the classroom next door, or joining forces to beat the cross district rival helps drive their desire to be part of the team. In the process, participation in the competition familiarizes students with a school’s recycling programs and hopefully instills in them a lifelong habit. The contest occurs during the February 2018 month and more information can be found at

Suggested Resources

Discover Ag Careers: Curriculum for 6-8th grades. A toolkit for teaching about agricultural careers designed for teachers and non-formal educators.

Bay Area Environmental STEM Institute (BAESI): an Environmental STEM Resource Hub for Teachers.

The NOAA Planet Stewards Education Project (PSEP) provides formal and informal educators working with elementary through college aged students the knowledge and resources to build scientifically-literate individuals and communities who are prepared to respond to environmental challenges monitored by NOAA.

PSEP also supports educators in the development and implementation of projects involving hands-on activities that conserve, restore, and protect human communities and natural resources. Read more below in the Stewardship Community.

NOAA Planet Stewards is organized into two groups, the Education Community and the Stewardship Community.

Featured Provider The California Department or Water Resources The Department of Water Resources (DWR) is responsible for managing and protecting California’s water resources. The agency provides free water education materials for schools and the general public alike. It also organizes campaigns to conserve water in California, manages reservoirs and visitors centers, plans for flood control, and more. To learn more about the amazing array of resources and support for California residents to conserve our water resources, visit:

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Dawn O'ConnorĀ 
Alameda County Office of Education 313 West Winton Avenue Hayward, CA 94544 510-670-4189